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► NLRB Reverts to Old Standard on Employee Use of Employer E-Mail Systems

December 20, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to allow employers more leeway in restricting the use of their e-mail and other communications systems for union organizing is just the latest decision reversing standards set by the Obama-era Board. On December 17, the Board released ...

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► Animals at Work: In-Fur-Mation for Employers

December 19, 2019

To avoid a hairy situation, employers should familiarize themselves with laws relating to the emerging issue of animals at work. Most animals fall into the following three sets: (1) service animals, (2) comfort or therapy animals, and (3) pets. Service Animals The Americans with ...

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► New Rule Clarifies How Perks Affect Overtime Rate Calculations

December 13, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new final rule covering how benefits affect employees’ regular rate of pay provides clarity for employers that offer the innovative benefits packages that have become popular in recent years. The new final rule, announced December 12, clarifies ...

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► Tips on Responding to Your First Discrimination Charge

December 10, 2019

When your organization receives its first discrimination charge from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your applicable state’s Department of Labor and Human Rights, you may wonder, “What does this mean?” or “What do we do now?” A charge is a ...

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► IRS Explains When Genetic Testing Can Qualify as Medical Care

December 9, 2019

Genetic testing can sometimes qualify as medical care under §213(d), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explained in IRS Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 201933005 . As long as the purpose is for health-related services and reports, the cost of the genetic testing is reimbursable under a ...

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► Holiday Season: Keeping it a Happy One for Employees and Employers

December 6, 2019

December is here, and management is often focused on things like year-end budget issues. Meanwhile, employees may be distracted by vacation planning, holiday shopping, year-end bonuses, and the annual office holiday party. Unfortunately, productivity is not the only thing that can suffer. ...

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► State Minimum Wage Increases for 2020 (with Map)

December 4, 2019

Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2020. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. Therefore, if a ...

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► Top 5 Things to Do If You Suspect a Business Data Breach

November 25, 2019

Are you ready for a data breach? Is your business prepared to address the potential data loss if a hacker infiltrates the network server housing your customers’ personal information? Read on to learn how to answer the million-dollar questions that will inevitably come your way when a data ...

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► What Employers Need to Know About Personality Tests

November 23, 2019

According to some reports, up to 60% of workers are required to complete personality tests during the hiring process. Employers use such tests to predict performance and "cultural fit" by attempting to learn about a prospective employee's character and personality, including his ...

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► Some Types of Parent-Teacher Talks Qualify for FMLA Leave

November 21, 2019

A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Opinion Letter , found certain types of parent-teacher conferences can be considered qualified leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As a result, some of you may have to provide employees with leave to attend the meetings. FMLA ...

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