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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

Solar eclipse presents opportunities
for fun at work, but be careful

(August 11, 2017)
Much of the country will go dark in the middle of the day on August 21 during the solar eclipse, but employers shouldn’t be in the dark about the opportunities – and a few risks – the event presents.  Read on

Miscimarra announcement called 'great loss'
but 'no reason to panic

(August 11, 2017)
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chair Philip Miscimarra’s reported decision to leave the Board when his term expires on December 16 rather than allow himself to be considered for another term has probusiness Board watchers looking ahead and lamenting the loss of his contributions to NLRB decisions.  Read on

DOL issues directive on visa fraud and abuse
(August 9, 2017)
We recently fielded a call from a client’s in-house employment counsel, who noted that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seems to be rolling back employee protections, making her job a little easier. But then she observed that isn’t the case with immigration. The DOL is scaling back protections, except with regard to protecting American workers from the unnecessary influx of foreign workers.   Read on

Tip-sharing law set to take effect in New Hampshire
(August 8, 2017)
A New Hampshire law set to take effect September 3 makes clear that employees who receive tips may pool their tips and share them with coworkers who don’t receive tips. For example, restaurant servers will be free to share tips with hosts and hostesses. Read on

UAW's effor to unionize Mississippi Nissan workers fails
(August 7, 2017)
Workers at the Nissan auto plant in Canton, Mississippi, rejected a unionization effort by the United Auto Workers (UAW) on August 3-4, leaving intact the union’s record of unsuccessful organizing attempts at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. Read on

Employer-friendly changes on the way for Missouri antidiscrimination law
(August 7, 2017)
Changes seen as making the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) more “employer-friendly” are set to take effect on August 28.  Read on

New immigration bill called radical and not pro-employment
(August 4, 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

Prevent discrimination against immigrant workers with sound I-9 policies
(August 4, 2017)
No employer wants to be the target of federal regulators on the hunt for workers not authorized to hold jobs in the United States. And no employer wants to be vulnerable to a national origin discrimination lawsuit. But both potential problems can be the result if an employer handles the employment verification process poorly.    Read on

FMLA leave for school-related activities and child care
(August 2, 2017)
Now is a good time for a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) refresher, with a focus on the requirements for leave related to school activities and child care, for which coverage is only available when the FMLA leave is related to military leave.   Read on

Promoting from within?
Take care to ease transition for new supervisors

(July 28, 2017)
Promoting from within can be a smart choice for many reasons, but the transition from underling to supervisor also can be problematic if management doesn’t take steps to ward off trouble before it hits.   Read on

New bill latest effort to tackle
definition of joint employment

(July 28, 2017)
The definition of “joint employment” may be heading for another turnaround. Legislation introduced in Congress on July 27 takes aim at a 2015 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that raised the ire of many in the business community, especially employers that work with franchisees, contractors, and staffing agencies. Read on

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