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Department of Labor Announces New Proposed Overtime Rule
On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its proposed rule to increase the standard salary threshold under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). See this post for updated information. Below are five key provisions that – if finalized – would change the way employers nationwide would organize and compensate their workforce. […]
New Proposed Overtime Rule: 5 Important Questions You Should Be Asking
On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its proposed rule to increase the standard salary threshold under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). See this post for updated information. In March, the DOL is expected to publish a proposed rule that increases the salary level for exempt employees, making some previously salaried […]
5 Resources for Keeping Employees Safe While Love is in the Air
As anyone who has been in HR for a while can attest, office romance is not a new topic and not likely to go away anytime soon. According to a recent survey by Vault, companies are even seeing an increase in such relationships. For example, 57% of the workforce have been involved in a workplace […]
New York City Recognizes Third Gender Option on Birth Certificates
In October 2018, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signed Introduction 954-A into law. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and will amend the administrative code of the city of New York to include a third sex designation on birth certificates. Individuals in New York City now have the option of choosing […]
Workplace Civility: The Policy You Don’t Need … Until You Really Need It
Use your words. Say “please” and “thank you.” Clean up after yourself. The simplest rules – the ones you teach your kids, or the ones you remember from elementary school – often aren’t posted in any workplace. Usually, nobody needs the reminder. Unfortunately, all it takes is one horror story to demonstrate the importance of […]
EEOC and DOJ Strengthen Stance Against Harassment at State and Local Levels
On Dec. 21, the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address and prevent workplace harassment within state and local government sectors. It is crucial that all employers, public or private understand its contents. With the signing of this memorandum, the two entities have […]
ACA Still Business as Usual, Despite New Challenge to Its Constitutionality
Despite a federal judge’s Dec. 14 ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional, the existing law remains in effect and employers should continue to abide by it for now. The case of Texas v. Azar was brought to federal court by the attorneys general of 20 states, who argued that when Congress zeroed […]
What HR Needs to Know About the New Joint Employer Rule
A new joint-employer rule, proposed by the National Labor Relations Board in September, will affect both franchises and businesses that use third-party contract labor – in other words, a large swath of American businesses. Chances are good that it will affect your organization as well. So what do you need to know, from an HR […]
How to Create a Substance Abuse Policy for Your Workplace
Creating a substance abuse policy does not have to be an overwhelming task to be outsourced. While it’s always wise to consult legal counsel before implementing company policies, including a short provision in the employee handbook often will suffice, such as: Employees are prohibited from unlawfully consuming, possessing or using controlled substances while on duty. […]
New York Implements Sexual Harassment Training Requirements
Beginning Oct. 9, employers in New York must implement sexual harassment policies and provide sexual harassment training to all employees. Employers must have their workforce trained by Oct. 9, 2019, using either the model training released by the state or by other means that meet the minimum standards requiring training to be interactive and include: […]
3 Ways FMLA May Change Drastically
Tired of your employees sneaking out early to watch their son’s after-school football scrimmage? Wondering how as an engaging manager you could possibly let your employees fit in a nursing home visit that doesn’t overlap with your team outing? Worried about how you’ll be able to allow your star employee to care for the uncle […]
Setting the Standard: Understanding Joint-Employer Changes
If your company uses third-party labor or operates under a franchise model, the recently proposed joint-employer rule could have a significant impact on your business practices. Not sure how? You’re not alone. You can get the full details of how we got here in this blog post, but in short, this new rule would overturn […]