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► Report: New DOL Overtime Rule Heading to White House for Final Review

August 15, 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed overtime rule is being sent to the White House this week–as early as today–for final approval, according to a report by Bloomberg Law. The DOL announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on March 7, under which employees would have to earn at ...

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► Change Ahead: Preparing for Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace

August 14, 2019

On June 25, 2019 , Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, joining the growing list of states and cities that have legalized some form of marijuana use. At this point, it might be easier to just count the states that still ban marijuana in all forms, but one fact ...

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► Can California Employer Find Any Silver Linings in $102 Million Verdict?

August 13, 2019

Meal period and wage statement claims continue to haunt California employers. Most of you know you must factor nondiscretionary bonuses into the regular rate of pay when you calculate overtime. However, such bonuses also need to be factored into the regular pay rate when the 1-hour meal period ...

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► They're Back! Responding to 2019 No-Match Letters

August 12, 2019

In March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began mailing educational correspondence (EDCOR)—also known as employer correction request (ECR) notices and formerly known as “no-match letters”—to employers that filed W-2 forms for 2018 containing at least one ...

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► Beware of Phishing Attacks: Actionable Advice to Protect Your Company's Data

August 11, 2019

Cyberattacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, and your company may be the next target. Nigerian princes and computer viruses are no longer the main concern—instead, highly targeted “phishing” attacks are putting companies at risk. Phishing is the fraudulent practice ...

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► Does New Chair of the EEOC Mean a New Day at the Agency?

August 6, 2019

Earlier this spring, Republican Janet Dhillon was officially sworn in as the 16th chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination and harassment. Dhillon had been nominated ...

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► Promoting Employer-Sponsored Volunteering without Running Afoul of FLSA

July 26, 2019

Volunteering is an effective way for organizations to maximize their impact on the community while minimizing costs. In recent years, as corporate social responsibility has received increased attention in academia and from the media, corporations have begun to play a larger role in global, ...

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► Are You Wasting Time with Too Many Meetings?

July 24, 2019

We’ve previously written on the subject of superfluous internal reports and the excessive amount of time companies put into them. Meetings are also frequently accused of being wastes of time and inefficient. Indeed, many people may not realize how much time they spend in meetings. ...

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► EEO-1 Pay Data Portal Live & New Filing Resources

July 22, 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) web-based portal for the collection of newly required pay and hours-worked data is now live, but many employers that are supposed to file the reports may still have trouble meeting the September 30 deadline. The EEOC announced on ...

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► 5 Things Your Employee Handbook Should Include for 2019

July 18, 2019

According to information highlighted by Paycor, employee handbooks have many benefits. When developed correctly, employee handbooks can be a useful business tool because they: •   Familiarize employees with your culture, mission, and values. •   Set clear ...

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