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GOP 'still has options' after pulling ACA repeal bill
(March 27, 2017)
On March 24, Republican lawmakers pulled their proposal to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when it became clear they didn’t have the necessary votes to pass the bill in the House.  Read on

Getting medical excuse policies right:
Know what kind of note you can require

(March 24, 2017)
Determining when an employee’s medical condition requires time off from work can get tricky. No one wants to require a worker too sick to be productive to come to work, but employers also have to be on guard against employees trying to use sick days to squeeze in a little extra vacation time. Read on

'Breathtakingly radical':
Acosta questions legality of any overtime threshold

(March 23, 2017)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor has questioned whether the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has the authority to set any salary threshold for overtime pay—not just the pending increase that would raise the threshold to $47,476.  Read on

Legal and practical pitfalls
of loaning money to employees

(March 22, 2017)
Many employers have been faced with a valued employee who is undergoing financial hardship asking for a pay advance or loan to help him get back on his feet. Employers are often tempted to give an employee a loan or pay advance because it seems like the right thing to do. Read on

$15 minimum wage clears Baltimore City Council
(March 21, 2017)
On March 20, the Baltimore City Council voted 11-3 to approve a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. If ultimately enacted, the minimum wage would be the highest in Maryland.  Read on

Tough talks for tough situations at work:
How to keep calm, get success

(March 17, 2017)
Maybe an employee’s performance has gone downhill or someone’s prickly personality is making coworkers miserable. Or maybe a personal hygiene problem requires action. Any number of situations that land in HR’s lap can trigger the need for a difficult conversation. Read on

Trump porposes 'substantial' budget cut for DOL
(March 17, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would see a nearly 21 percent reduction in funding under the White House’s proposed 2018 discretionary spending budget, which was released March 16.   Read on

Arizona Supreme Court upholds minimum wage, paid leave law
(March 15, 2017)
In a three-sentence order entered just before the close of business March 14, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, commonly known as Proposition 206. The unanimous ruling dashed the last remaining hope of business groups trying to block the voter initiative. Read on

Federal agencies help HR pros
avoid antitrust violations in hiring, compensation

(March 15, 2017)
 The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued guidance for HR professionals on how to avoid running afoul of antitrust laws when making hiring and compensation decisions. Read on

CBO: Fewer employers would offer insurance
under Obamacare replacement

(March 14, 2017)
On March 13, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the effects of the proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace legislation.  Read on

Evolving world of work sparks a call for 'new collar' workers
(March 10, 2017)
No one denies the world of work isn’t what it used to be. Employers and employees alike struggle to keep up with the dizzying pace of change shaking up an array of industries. With technological advances and changing economics creating opportunity for some while leaving others behind, “skills gap” has become a term recruiters understand all too well. Read on

New Ohio law allows guns to be locked in vehicles on employer premises
(March 9, 2017)
Ohio’s new law prohibiting employers from creating or enforcing policies that prevent employees with a concealed carry license from storing a firearm in their locked vehicle while on employer premises takes effect March 19. Read on

Federal contractors hail Congress's decision to kill 'blacklisting' rule
(March 8, 2017)
On March 6, Congress voted to repeal a regulation requiring federal contractors to report employment law violations to agencies that award contracts. President Donald Trump is expected to approve the resolution. Read on

ACA repeal proposal: Employer mandate gone, Cadillac tax remains
(March 7, 2017)
On March 6, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) released long-awaited proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through a budget process known as reconciliation—a process that allows legislation to be passed with a simple majority in the Senate. The legislation is part of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act.   Read on

 

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