New York to Implement Nation’s Most Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Program
April 14, 2017
New York to Implement Nation’s Most Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Program Private employers in the state of New York will soon be required to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. The new law will apply to all employees of employers covered by the state’s worker’s compensation law and will be completely employee-funded […]
Philadelphia Toughens Equal Pay Laws: Employers Cannot Ask Salary History
February 7, 2017
Philly Toughens Equal Pay Laws: Employers Cannot Ask Salary History Recently, Philadelphia became the first city in the U.S. to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their salary and wage history in the hiring process. Instead, all employment offers should be based on job qualifications rather than prior wages earned by the […]
4 HR Mistakes to Avoid on Groundhog Day … and Every Day
February 1, 2017
4 HR Mistakes to Avoid on Groundhog Day … and Every Day In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character of Phil Connors finds himself stuck in a time loop that keeps repeating Feb. 2. Brash and egotistical, Phil views the situation as a pass for misconduct, since technically, there is no tomorrow. And […]
Department of Labor Challenges Overtime Expansion Delay
December 6, 2016
Department of Labor Challenges Overtime Expansion Delay On Dec. 1, the U.S. Department of Labor appealed a recent court decision that stopped the agency’s overtime expansion rule from going into effect. However, the agency’s initial steps in the appeal process do not change the status of the rule at this time. While orders granting preliminary injunctions […]
How the Results of the Presidential Election Could Affect Overtime Expansion
November 10, 2016
Updated November 23, 2016: Federal judge in overtime expansion hearing issues ruling; delays the compliance deadline for the rule. To learn more, click here. With new leadership headed for the White House in 2017 and a pending court date set, you may be wondering what the future holds for the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime […]
2017 Social Security Wage Base Increases
October 24, 2016
The Social Security Wage Base increases to $127,200 With the largest hike in U.S. history set to take effect on January 1, 2017, the new Social Security wage base will increase from $118,500 to $127,200. This $8,700 increase marks the first wage base increase in two years and the highest percentage increase since 1983. Employees […]
Is it Legal to Request Compensation History during Job Interviews?
September 20, 2016
Is it Legal to Request Compensation History during Job Interviews? On Aug. 1, 2016, Massachusetts’ Gov. Charlie Baker signed a landmark bill that takes a three-part approach to bridging the gender wage gap. The legislation also expands on the definition of comparable work and allows employees to discuss their pay with co-workers and colleagues. Here’s […]
Gender Discrimination: Achieving Equality in Job Interviews
August 31, 2016
Equal employment opportunity laws prohibit employers from discriminating against job candidates and employees based on their gender. But, gender discrimination has a tendency to surface during job interviews. As seen in the case of Joyce Dennis. (Dennis v. Columbia Colleton Medical Group, 290 F.3d 639 (4th Cir. 2002)), organizations can be found liable for gender-based […]
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Commissions and Bonuses
June 6, 2016
If you’re planning to implement a pay structure that includes bonuses and commissions – or if you already have one – it’s important to understand how the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) up
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Nonprofits
May 16, 2016
Currently, the provisions of the FLSA cover some nonprofit employees, but not others. Employees of nonprofits are covered by the FLSA, and are likely to be affected by the new rule if...
New Webinar Helps Employers Prepare for Fast-Approaching Overtime Expansion
March 22, 2016
Last week in the Paycom Blog, we covered the U.S. Department of Labor’s move to advance its proposed final rule on overtime expansion.
NYC Employers Must Offer Pre-Tax Transit Benefits in 2016
November 25, 2015
As of Jan. 1, 2016, New York City private employers with 20 or more full-time employees will be required to offer pretax transit benefits to their full-time employees. The new law is enforce
Supreme Court Ruling: Employer Motives Matter in Hiring… or Not Hiring
June 3, 2015
Imagine interviewing for a job and leaving confident you made a good impression, only to be told you didn’t get the position. Their reasoning, they say, was violating the “Look Policy.” This unfortunate turn of events is all too real and something Samantha Elauf, a 17-year-old Muslim, experienced.
Bet on Preparedness, Not Luck: 3 Legal Liabilities of Altering Time Sheets
March 10, 2015
If you are a manager, HR professional or anyone with a hand in the payroll process, you probably already know that altering employee payroll sheets can land an organization in a heap of litigation. According to a new ruling, even your personal assets can be targeted if you are found guilty.
Oregon Creates Landmark State Retirement Plan
March 23, 2017
Oregon Creates Landmark State Retirement Plan This year, the state of Oregon will launch a landmark, statewide retirement program: OregonSaves. This program requires private employers to automatically enroll employees in retirement accounts. The goal is to benefit almost 1 million Oregonians who currently lack access to employer-sponsored retirement programs. OregonSaves has been in the works […]
3 Things Employers Should Know About Wage Garnishments
February 2, 2017
Millions of Americans’ wages are garnished every year, meaning most employers have processed at least one wage garnishment. Creditors and financial institutions now use wage garnishments to collect on everything from medical bills to consumer debt. Debt collectors, creditors and debt buyers file numerous consumer credit lawsuits annually in almost every state. Just as the number of […]
6 Compliance Changes to Check in 2017
January 4, 2017
Compliance Deadlines and Issues to Watch in 2017 Employers can expect developments in 2017 related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requirements and several other workplace regulations concerning compliance. Here’s a closer look. Fair Labor Standards Act On Nov. 22, 2016, Judge Amos […]
FLSA Ruling Delays Overtime Expansion
November 23, 2016
FLSA Ruling Delays Overtime Expansion The Ruling Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a ruling on a lawsuit filed by 21 states that blocks the implementation of the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) new overtime expansion rule. The rule, which would have extended overtime protections to 4.2 million […]
Why Your Overtime Expansion Plan Is Worth a Second Look
November 8, 2016
Why Your Overtime Expansion Plan Is Worth a Second Look The U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime expansion rule is expected to go into effect on Dec. 1, requiring employers to meet an increased salary threshold, which — for most exempt employees — renders them ineligible from receiving overtime pay. Although the Fair Labor Standards Act […]
House Moves to Delay New Overtime Rule; Obama Administration Threatens Veto
October 6, 2016
On Sept. 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that would delay the effective date of the new overtime rule by six months. The Republican-backed measure – known as H.R. 6094: Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act – passed by a vote of 246-177. But victory may be short-lived, […]
Minimum Wage Controversies Continue
September 8, 2016
In April 2016, we reported that California and New York became the first states to enact $15-per-hour minimum wage standards. Though no other state has adopted this precedent, New Jersey made an attempt – only to have it vetoed, and a handful of cities have passed similar minimum wage standards. Wage-related woes also loom large […]
Regulations and Compliance Trends Only Gaining Momentum
July 28, 2016
If the latest employment rule is any indication of what’s to come, regulations and compliance trends for employers aren’t going to slow down.
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Inside Sales Employees
May 24, 2016
The Department of Labor’s new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million white-collar workers beginning Dec. 1, 2016.
California and New York Set $15 Minimum Wage Precedent
April 11, 2016
In 2014 SeaTac, Washington became the first city to enact the nation’s highest minimum wage of $15 per hour.
U.S. Department of Labor Moves to Finalize Overtime Expansion
March 15, 2016
On March 14, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor submitted its overtime rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Once finalized, the rule is expected to expand
California Governor Signs Bill to Close the Wage Gap
October 7, 2015
Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act. “The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Brown said.
3 ACA Reporting Alternatives Unraveled
April 23, 2015
For many organizations, the employer mandate and the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) loom. Employers want to ensure they will be in compliance come January 2016, when the required forms are due to their full-time employees and the Internal Revenue Service. Yet many organizations remain confused by the law’s many complexities, especially […]
Get Your Act Together: Protection for Well-Earned Dollars
February 24, 2015
To anyone with a trained eye on the ebb and flow of government policies, it is easy to see that government regulations frequently are steered to affect corporate policy. Whether through mandated retirement savings accounts or “minimum-wage warriors,” the government wields legislative power to cause change in organizations.
How to Avoid This Big Interview Mistake
March 14, 2017
How Fast-Growing Companies Can Avoid This Big Interview Mistake When it comes to finding new talent, making sure they fit in with a company’s culture and core values has become an important part of the interview process. Why? Because your culture is a reflection of the character, personality, strengths and weaknesses of your people. Finding […]
3 Key Takeaways from the EEOC 2016 Report
February 2, 2017
3 Key Takeaways for Employers, from the EEOC 2016 Report On Nov. 15, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Fiscal Year 2016 Performance Report. According to the report, the agency amassed more than $482.1 million for victims of discrimination, saw a reduction in the number of cases filed, and increased the […]
The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016
December 15, 2016
The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016 With 2017 just around the corner, now is a good time to celebrate the closing of a perplexing year for businesses across the country with a re-cap of the top 10 most popular blog posts of 2016. Over the last 12 months, employers and HR professionals have been on high-alert […]
What You Need to Know About the Recently Updated I-9 Form
November 22, 2016
What You Need to Know About the New I-9 On Nov. 14 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of the Form I-9 which is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of workers. When is it Valid? While the revised version is available now, you can still use the […]
The Elephant and Donkey in the Office
October 31, 2016
Policies on Political Activities at Work The 2016 race for the White House has been intense, with candidates engaging in heated debates. As might be expected, the charged electoral atmosphere has permeated the workplace, causing record level divisiveness. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “over one-quarter of employees reported greater political volatility […]
Overtime Expansion Gets Heated as States Challenge Rule
September 21, 2016
Overtime Expansion Gets Heated Twenty-one states have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to halt the Department of Labor’s overtime expansion ruling. According to the complaint, the agency’s move to increase the salary threshold at which white-collar workers are eligible for overtime is unlawful, as it renders other statutory exemption requirements “virtually irrelevant.” A similar […]
Employer Alert: Spotting Overtime Exemption Inconsistencies
September 1, 2016
It’s not every day that the U.S. Department of Labor changes its interpretation of overtime exemption. But when it happens, major confusion can ensue. This is resoundingly true in the case of Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, et al., 136 S. Ct. 2117 (2016), in which costly uncertainty related to the classification of service advisors […]
Reader’s Weekly Picks: Top 3 Paycom Blog Posts
June 15, 2016
It is no surprise that two of the three top blogs are in regard to the new overtime expansion rule. With a Dec. 1 effective date approaching, employers are searching for news on how to mitig
Department of Labor Announces Details of Final Overtime Rule
May 18, 2016
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the final details of its overtime rule in a fact sheet issued prior to publication in the Federal Register.
Fight for $15: Tentative Deal for Minimum Wage Increase in California
March 30, 2016
Minimum wage will increase to $10.50 an hour next year in California and gradually increase to $15 in the years to come.
$1.75 Million Penalty Newest Evidence of Wage and Hour Crackdown
January 8, 2016
When it’s necessary to get a drink of water, quickly text a spouse or even answer nature’s call, most employees don’t think about tracking the time they spend seeing to these personal needs.
Obama’s Executive Order Guarantees Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors
September 11, 2015
While many around the country enjoyed a fun-filled, three-day weekend, not everyone had Labor Day off. On the day we celebrated America’s 120 million-plus workers, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making paid sick leave mandatory for employees of federal contractors.
Illinois Acts to Halt Wage Theft
April 1, 2015
What if we lived in a world in which organizations were held accountable for wages owed to their employees? Look no further than Cook County, Ill., whose board of commissioners recently approved a wage theft ordinance. The new ordinance was passed on behalf of low-income employees who increasingly have been plagued by businesses taking advantage of their hard work and abusing labor requirements.