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Missouri Minimum Wage to Decrease from $10 to $7.70
An overwhelming trend in the U.S. is cities and states increasing the minimum wage employers must pay their employees. However, St. Louis, Missouri is bucking this trend – although not willingly – by decreasing its minimum wage from $10 to $7.70, effective Aug. 28. Court Battle In 2015, St. Louis passed an ordinance raising its […]
The Highs and Lows of Medical Marijuana Laws
Medical marijuana laws are being adopted by states at such a quick pace that employers may be struggling to keep their drug-testing policies up-to-date – especially employers with multistate operations. The rapidly changing landscape of medical marijuana laws should prompt employers to review drug-testing policies and procedures to ensure conformity. States with Strong Employment Protections […]
Tennessee to Allow Employers Monthly Payroll Frequency
Private employers in Tennessee now are permitted to pay wages once per month, under a measure passed by the state’s legislature on May 11. The bill was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam and became effective immediately. Previously, employers were required to pay wages at least semimonthly, so the new law provides them added […]
Best Practices for Utilizing Section 3 of the Form I-9
Employers are used to filling out Section 1 and Section 2 of Form I-9 because it’s required for every employee. However, Section 3 – otherwise known as the reverification process– can be a bit mystifying. Who should be reverified? Employees with expiring employment authorization or documentation should be reverified to ensure continued authorization to work […]
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 via payroll deductions. Public employers are permitted to participate by opting-in […]
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 for the last few years and […]
Philadelphia 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 applicant. “Equal pay for equal work” has been a trending phrase […]
3 Ways Your HR Team Can Master Compliance
Complex rules, weighty administrative responsibilities, zero margin for error: When it comes to complying with employment legislation, the burden for U.S. businesses — both large and small — is substantial. Small and medium-sized businesses in particular must manage their resources wisely, and can find it increasingly difficult to allocate the staff – and the time […]
Minimum Wage Controversies Continue
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 […]
Gender Discrimination: Achieving Equality in Job Interviews
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 […]
Regulations and Compliance Trends Only Gaining Momentum
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.
EEO Reporting: The Basics and Tools for Compliance
As an organization grows, so does its responsibilities. Case in Point: Employers with 100 or more employees are mandated by federal law to file an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) report