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My employee is accused of a work-related crime—what should I do?
(July 14, 2017)
How should you react when an employee reports that he is under investigation or has been accused of a crime involving his use of workplace e-mail or telephone? How do you protect his rights while shielding your company from legal scrutiny?  Read on

Get ready to switch to another revised I-9
(July 14, 2017)
On July 17, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will release a new revision of Form I-9—Revision 07/17/17 N—to be used for employment eligibility verification. The new form will be available on the USCIS’s website. Read on

Senate issues a revised version
of ACA repeal-and-replace bill

(July 13, 2017)
On July 13, the Senate released a revised version of its proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Senate has yet to vote on the original version.  Read on

Employment verification nightmares: fake I-9s, bad Social Security numbers, and reverification catch-22
(July 12, 2017)
No one looks forward to an I-9 audit from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I-9s are notoriously problematic because not only does the law dictate which types of documents an employer may accept, but it also stipulates that employers cannot demand or refuse particular documents. Read on

Know how to avoid hazards of absence management
(July 7, 2017)
Managing absences is hard enough when an employer’s only worry is getting the work covered, but when extended absences and overlapping laws also factor into the equation, the job gets even trickier.  Read on

6 steps to avoid crashing and buring like United Airlines
(July 5, 2017)
Someday you may be the point person when your company has a PR nightmare. Let’s see what we can learn from the recent debacle in which a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight. Read on

Texas Supreme Court balks at extending
spousal benefits to same-sex couples

(July 1, 2017)
The Texas Supreme Court ruled this week that the City of Houston’s extension of its employee benefits to married same-sex couples goes further than is required by the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared same-sex marriage equal in all 50 states.   Read on

DOL drops defense of overtime rule
(June 30, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), headed by new Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, has decided not to defend the overtime rules finalized under the Obama administration. Instead, the DOL will seek to begin a new rulemaking process, likely with a lower salary threshold for overtime exemptions.  Read on

West Virginia's 'second chance' law takes effect July 7
(June 30, 2017)
The West Virginia Second Chance for Employment Act, which is aimed at encouraging employers to open the doors of opportunity to certain nonviolent criminal offenders, will become law on July 7. Read on

Emanuel nomination called a chance to 'rein in' Obama-era NLRB
(June 29, 2017)
President Donald Trump’s latest pick for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is another signal that a “reining in” of the panel is on the way, according to attorneys who keep a close watch on the Board.  Read on

Summertime vacation fun: reviewing your PTO policy
(June 28, 2017)
Summer is upon us. The kids are out of school, and your employees are taking time off for vacation. As a result, it’s a good time to take stock of your vacation policy and how it’s being implemented.   Read on

Supreme Court's action on 'travel ban'
eases some employer concerns

(June 27, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a limited form of President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” to take effect means people from the affected countries who work for employers in the United States are probably exempt from the ban. Read on

CBO: Senate GOP health bill cuts deficit, adds to uninsured
(June 27, 2017)
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Read on

Supreme Court ruling allows 'travel ban' Executive Order
to take limited effect

(June 26, 2017)
On June 26, the last day of the current term, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the “travel ban” Executive Order’s (EO) focus on primarily Muslim countries violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and whether the EO exceeds President Donald Trump’s authority granted by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Read on

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