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► Labor Department Eases Restrictions on Tipped Employees

February 7, 2019

Employers in the hospitality industry have long struggled to follow the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) guidance limiting the circumstances under which they may take a "tip credit" toward their employees' federal minimum wage. New DOL guidance eases the restrictions on tip ...

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► Telecommuting: Will It Solve All of Your Workplace Problems?

January 28, 2019

Everybody loves telecommuting and has nothing but great things to say about it. According to many articles you read these days, it's clearly every employee's dream. But is telecommuting really the key to happiness for employees and employers? Maybe. An Arrangement with Many Different ...

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► Court Rules the ADEA Applies to All Public Employers

January 22, 2019

In a unanimous ruling, the United States Supreme Court recently held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies to all public employers, even those with fewer than 20 employees. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg authored the 8-0 opinion in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, ...

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► Noncompliant Wellness Incentives Can Bring Hefty DOL Fines

January 21, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is stepping up enforcement of the limits on permissible wellness incentives. For example, Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. agreed to pay a $14,563.50 penalty and to return a total of $145,635 in tobacco surcharges to employees who originally had to pay them ( Acosta v. ...

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► List of Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in the New Year

January 17, 2019

It’s hard to believe another year is now behind us and a new one has begun. As part of my personal year-end celebration, I have prepared an informal ranking of the top mistakes I’ve tried to help clients avoid, correct, or defend in the past 12 months. I figured this might be a good ...

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► How to Respond When the DOL Appears at Your Door

January 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) performs wage and hour audits of employers by selecting them at random, or because they are in targeted industries (usually low-wage), or as a result of a complaint from an employee or former employee. The investigations have increased significantly over the ...

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► How Does a Government Shutdown Impact Employers?

January 7, 2019

While federal employers waited out the impasse that sent many of their employees home and others to work without pay, private-sector employers shouldn’t think they’re immune to the impact of partial federal government shutdowns. When funding for many federal departments ran out ...

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► 2019 Standard Mileage Rates Announced By IRS

January 4, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Notice 2019-02 , released on December 14, 2018, contains the standard mileage rates, ...

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► Workstation Modifications to Improve Fitness and Health

December 21, 2018

Most likely, while reading this article, you’re sitting in front of a computer, and more than likely, you’ve been positioned in the same spot for more than several minutes. A 2013 Ergotron survey found that Americans spend 13 hours of each day sitting. Combined with an average 8 hours ...

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► Steps to Take When an Employee Dies

December 17, 2018

A death in the workplace can feel like a death in the family. Whether it's sudden or expected, the death of an employee can be traumatic for staff and management. The following tips may help you navigate the needs of your company and your employees during a difficult time. Immediate ...

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