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Employers await effects of Executive Order on immigration
(November 21, 2014)
While political wrangling over President Barack Obama’s newest Executive Order rages, employers need to understand the impact the immigration order will have on their workplaces. Read on

Tips on talking turkey
about Thanksgiving time off

(November 21, 2014)
The debate over how employers should handle time off for the Thanksgiving holiday is taking a new twist this year. While the last few holiday seasons have seen more retailers expanding Black Friday to include all or part of Thanksgiving day, this year the backlash is heating up as a number of major players gamble that a nobody-has-to-work policy will produce enough goodwill to offset sales lost to competitors choosing to open during hours traditionally set aside for turkey and football. Read on

OSHA expands injury and illness
recording and reporting requirements

(November 19, 2014)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule that makes significant changes to its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation, effective January 1, 2015. Although the revisions bring increased financial and administrative costs, the new requirements may also provide an opportunity for employers to be more aware of, and therefore more able to prevent, workplace hazards. Read on

Employee wage, time off, and benefits issues
that arrive with winter storms

(November 14, 2014)
Much of the country suffered through punishing storms this past winter, and it has already started again. While fresh snowfall on a crisp winter day can be a beautiful thing, snowy and icy driving conditions are usually a little less charming, especially for employers whose employees aren’t able to get to work.  Read on

They're baaack! 5 considerations
for rehiring boomerang employees

(November 12, 2014)
The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers riveted the sports world and reinvigorated Cleveland. For employers, however, James’ “going home” has prompted conversations about boomerang employees—i.e., employees who leave an employer only to return later. This article looks at this relatively new concept and outlines what factors employers should consider before rehiring a boomerang employee. Read on

Rochester ban-the-box law
to take effect November 18

(November 12, 2014)
Rochester, New York, will become the latest city to restrict employers’ ability to ask applicants about their criminal history when its ban-the-box ordinance takes effect November 18. Read on

Time to make sure you're ready for flu season
(November 7, 2014)
Ebola may be grabbing headlines, but it’s the old familiar flu that’s more likely to cause headaches and chills for employers this winter. Flu.gov reports that nearly 111 million workdays are lost as a result of flu each season. That puts the tab at approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.  Read on

New Massachusetts law requires paid sick leave
(November 6, 2014)
Voters in Massachusetts approved a law in the November 4 election that requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave. The law takes effect July 1, 2015.  Read on

Oregon employers shouldn't freak out over new marijuana law
(November 5, 2014)
On November 4, Oregon voters passed Initiative 91, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Oregon. With Oregon joining other states that have approved recreational marijuana use, Oregon employers may be wondering what the new law means for their drug policies. The short answer is not much. Read on

Election means at least four more states
will see higher minimum wages in 2015

(November 5, 2014)
Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota said yes to increasing their states’ minimum wages as they cast their ballots November 4. Illinois voters said the same thing in a nonbinding vote. Here’s a look at the new state minimum wages, according to Ballotpedia. Read on

EEOC: trolling for plaintiffs
(November 5, 2014)
It’s no secret to employers that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken a more provocative and confrontational approach to investigating and litigating claims of employment discrimination. But the EEOC’s treatment of Case New Holland, Inc., takes “pushing the envelope” to a new level. To make matters worse, a federal court has OK’d the agency’s tactics. Read on

Comment period for rule on contractor compensation data extended
(November 3, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the comment period for a proposed rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual equal pay report to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Read on

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