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► Debunking 8 Common Employer Myths About COVID-19

June 22, 2020

With guidance regularly changing and sometimes seemingly conflicting, some misperceptions about best practices for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic still exist. Here are 8 common misunder-standings and the facts employers should know. By Amanda M. Jones. Ms. Jones is a partner at the ...

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► DACA Ruling Called Win for Recipients and Employers

June 19, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provides certainty for both employees benefiting from the program and for their employers. But the decision leaves the door open for a president to ...

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► Supreme Court Bans Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

June 15, 2020

An employer that fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion issued on June 15, 2020. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the 6-3 opinion and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and ...

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► Best Strategies for Return-to-Workplace Preparation

June 12, 2020

In mid-May, we surveyed 142 companies, and on average, scores were at a 5 out of 10, with a wide range between 0 and 8. This range is not surprising. Developing a return-to-work (RTW) plan is an “adaptive challenge.” Companies haven’t handled it before, so there are no proven ...

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► EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance Publication

June 11, 2020

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The publication, “ What You Should Know ...

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► Employers Watching Bill Aimed at Easing PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

June 2, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—called a godsend by some and seriously flawed by others—may be in for a bit of an overhaul. The House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on May 28, and the measure is expected to get a vote in the Senate soon, but not ...

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► Pros and Cons of Offering Employee Loans

May 27, 2020

Has your organization considered offering employee loans as a benefit? Given the number of people in the United States who live paycheck to paycheck, there are a lot of employees out there who are one emergency away from needing financial assistance in some form. Many employers have opted to ...

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► Liability Issues on The Minds of Employers as Businesses Reopen

May 25, 2020

As some states begin to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, employers are eager to get back to business but also worried about potential legal liability triggered by the virus. Drafts of legislation have begun to make the rounds in the U.S. Senate to provide a shield ...

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► Court Rules COBRA Election Notice was Properly Given by Mail

May 20, 2020

Plan administrators should establish procedures to accumulate and update address information for all covered employees and beneficiaries (including qualified beneficiaries and potential qualified beneficiaries). These procedures need to be communicated to all participants and followed by plan ...

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► New Rule Allows Overtime Exemption for More Commission-Paid Workers

May 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new rule that potentially could allow more employers to take advantage of the overtime exemption allowed for certain employees who are paid on commission. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the new rule on May 18, calling ...

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