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► ERISA, Other DOL Penalties Increased for 2019

April 19, 2019

Maximum penalties for violating many employment and benefits laws were increased as part of an inflation adjustment rule recently published (84 Fed. Reg. 213) by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This department-wide rule represents the third annual adjustment made to implement the Federal ...

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► Complying with Conflicting FMLA & CFRA Certifications

April 17, 2019

California employers must comply with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and, if there is a conflict, follow the law that is most beneficial to employees. This article provides tips on how to satisfy your medical certification ...

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► Best Practices: Helping Employees Manage Conflict

April 16, 2019

Helping employees manage conflict successfully can be critical to maintaining positive employee morale in the workplace. And this task falls not just upon direct managers and supervisors, but also upon the entire HR team. HR professionals need to be able to provide both employees and ...

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► Discrimination Bill Puts Employer Pay Practices Under Scrutiny

April 15, 2019

With Congress considering a couple of bills aimed at preventing wage discrimination—and several states with pay equity laws already on the books—employers may want to take a close look at their compensation practices, according to attorneys who help employers with pay matters. The ...

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► EEOC Assesses Root Causes of Workplace Harassment

April 11, 2019

For the past three years, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) task force has focused on identifying the causes of workplace harassment as well as some possible remedies. In this article, we discuss how the agency is trying to channel those findings into “significant and ...

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► New Rule: Determining Employees' Regular Rate of Pay

April 5, 2019

With a stated aim of providing clarification on how to determine employees’ regular rate of pay, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new proposed rule updating what forms of payment employers can include and exclude in the “time and one-half” overtime pay ...

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► The Do's and Don'ts of Workplace Documentation

March 26, 2019

As many of you know, proper documentation is critical in almost every aspect of managing your employees. In litigation, documentation can mean the difference between a defense verdict and a multimillion-dollar jury award. But don’t document just to document—poor documentation is ...

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► EEO-1 Advice: Prepare Now But Watch for More Info Due by April 3

March 25, 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) portal for accepting EEO-1 reports is open, but confusion still surrounds when and how employers are to include the newly required pay and hours-worked data. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on ...

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► New Overtime Pay Threshold: Submit Your Comments Now

March 21, 2019

May 21 is the deadline for employers to submit their comments and make known their concerns about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that is expected to make more than a million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The DOL’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was ...

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► Why a Safe Workplace Is Just Good Business

March 18, 2019

Nearly 3 million on-the-job injuries occur each year. These injuries may often result in significant disruptions and costs to your company, as well as your employees and their families. While not all are considered serious, more than one-third of on-the-job injuries require time off work to ...

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