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DOL's reissuance of 17 opinion letters called a step in the right direction
(January 11, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to reissue 17 opinion letters first issued during the George W. Bush administration is a welcome move and “a step in the right direction,” according to an attorney who represents employers. Read on

New policy on internship puts DOL,
courts on same page

(January 9, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement that it is nixing its 2010 guidance on unpaid internships in favor of a less-rigid test puts the agency in line with recent appellate court rulings on the issue, according to an attorney following the matter. Read on

Catch-22 on marijuana laws continues
with new Justice Department policy

(January 5, 2017)
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ action rescinding an Obama administration policy on marijuana enforcement may signal a tougher stance against the substance, but it isn’t expected to have a major impact on employers.  Read on

Minimum wage is now $10.50
in Arizona, $11 in Flagstaff

(January 2, 2017)
The second of four annual increases in Arizona’s minimum wage kicked in at midnight on January 1, 2018, boosting the base rate from $10 to $10.50. Voters gave themselves the raise and paid sick time when they adopted Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, in November 2016.   Read on

Tax reform raises questions
on employee classification

(Decenber 27, 2017)
Now that President Donald Trump has signed the bill overhauling the U.S. tax code, employers are on a tight timetable to react to the new law before the bulk of it takes effect on January 1, 2018.  Read on

Latest NLRB reversal takes aim at microunits
(December 19, 2017)
The latest National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision reversing actions by the Obama-era Board hands employers a win against an organizing tactic that gave unions the upper hand in determining what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit. As was the case with other mid-December decisions, the Board turned the old standard into the new standard.  Read on

Browning-Ferris reversal calls end
to uncertainty on joint employment

(December 15, 2017)
Employers confused over what constitutes joint employment have seen the confusion largely cleared up, thanks to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision issued December 14. Read on

Latest NLRB action seen as demise of 'quickie' election rule
(December 15, 2017)
The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to seek public input on the controversial 2014 rule that sped up the union election process is likely to result in the rescission of the rule, according to an attorney who keeps a close watch on the Board’s actions. Read on

Should you be an HR leader?
(December 13, 2017)
Whether you are a salesperson or a CFO, you should be thinking about the people in your organization. You may think, “I’m in sales, why should I care about the people in my organization?” or “I’m the CFO, numbers are my thing, not people,” but you are dead wrong. It’s part of your job to think about your organization and its employees.  Read on

North Carolina misclassification law takes effect December 31
(December 12, 2017)
The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA), which will take effect on December 31, provides a mechanism that allows workers to more easily report—and state agencies to more easily prosecute—employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors instead of employees.  Read on

Nevada domestic violence leave law takes effect January 1
(December 11, 2017)
Nevada’s law requiring employers to provide victims of domestic violence time off, reasonable accommodations, and protection against discrimination and retaliation takes effect January 1. Read on

Bill takes aim at forced arbitration of sexual harassment complaints
(December 8, 2017)
Arbitration, long a favored method of handling workplace disputes, would be removed as an option in sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases if a new bill introduced in Congress becomes law.   Read on

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