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Employers need to make preparations as DACA sunset nears
(September 13, 2017)
President Donald Trump’s announcement of an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has prompted uncertainty not only for those benefiting from the program but also for their employers.  Read on

Need to boost productivity?
Go to war against workplace distractions

(September 8, 2017)
Ever stop to consider just what your employees do all day? If they’re like a lot of today’s workers, they’re fitting in their core work around a host of distractions and interruptions.  Read on

Trump administration pumps the brakes
on new OSHA rules

(September 6, 2017)
President Donald Trump was carried into the White House on promises (or threats) of rolling back government regulations. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year, his now former senior policy adviser, Steve Bannon, framed the president’s agenda in terms of “deconstruction of the administrative state,” meaning he plans to dismantle the system of regulations he believes has stymied economic growth.  Read on

Suit filed over Trump's phaseout of DACA:
what employers should know

(September 6, 2017)
On September 5, President Donald Trump announced that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be phased out over the next six months. Read on

Employers can play vital role
when natural disaster strikes

(September 1, 2017)
When natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey strike, work may not be the first thought for those hurt and those wanting to help, but it’s not far down the list of concerns.  Read on

EEO-1 form's pay data component suspended
(August 30, 2017)
Employers may be breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement on August 29 that the pay data collection aspect of the EEO-1 form has been suspended  Read on

New I-9 does not change sticky compliance issues
(August 30, 2017)
The new immigration bill President Donald Trump touts as a way to “restore our competitive edge in the 21st century” calls for cutting immigration levels in half over a decade and creating a points-based system that favors highly educated and skilled immigrants with English ability over those with family in the United States. Read on

HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit
(August 29, 2017)
Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting from them. Sometimes employers are forced to close or are able to remain open in some capacity, but employees are not able to travel to work or need to attend to emergent matters during or in the aftermath of these types of events.  Read on

Right-to-work advocates dealt blow in Missouri
(August 28, 2017)
Missouri’s new right-to-work law, which was supposed to take effect August 28, is on hold after opponents of the measure submitted petitions to put the law up for a voter referendum in November.   Read on

Gambling on independent contractor status?
Stack the deck in your favor

(August 23, 2017)
Smart businesspeople are adept at finding ways to reduce their costs. However, cutting costs associated with employment by using independent contractors is a big risk unless you take great care to make sure you aren’t misclassifying employees as independent contractors.    Read on

Writing effective workplace investigation reports
(August 18, 2017)
When a lawsuit alleging discrimination, harassment, or retaliation arrives at your door, will you be prepared to defend it?  Read on

Alt-right protests: Protected activity or cause for termination
(August 16, 2017)
It’s an employer’s nightmare. An employee shows up in a video making the rounds on social media taking part in a protest that includes violent clashes and racist insults. The employer wants no association with such actions and decides to cut ties. Will there be legal trouble if the employee is fired?   Read on

CBO: $194 billion deficit increase if key ACA subsidies end in 2017
(August 16, 2017)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to offer plans with reduced deductibles, copayments, and other means of cost-sharing to certain people, depending on their income, who purchase plans through the ACA marketplaces. In turn, insurers receive federal payments arranged by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to cover the costs they incur because of that requirement.   Read on

Missouri right-to-work law set to take effect
(August 14, 2017)
Missouri’s right-to-work law will take effect on August 28. The law was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Eric Greitens in February. Read on

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