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December 15, 2020

Compliance Requirements for a Remote Workforce

According to Gallup, the number of days employees are working remotely has doubled during the pandemic. Some companies are even considering making a remote work arrangement permanent. […]
December 9, 2020

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party?

Question Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party? Answer We would certainly recommend not having an in-person event this year, which could […]
December 8, 2020

Four Steps to Take When an Employee Is Diagnosed with COVID-19

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb, it’s imperative that organizations respond quickly when an employee is diagnosed. Here are the steps employers should take: Notify […]
December 3, 2020

Can a non-exempt employee manage another non-exempt employee?

Question Can a non-exempt employee manage another non-exempt employee? Answer Yes, it is completely fine for non-exempt employees to manage other non-exempt employees. In fact, employers […]
December 1, 2020

An employee says he cannot shave his beard for religious reasons. What is the best way to handle this?

Question Our appearance policy has not been well-enforced in the past but requires all employees to be clean-shaven. One of our employees says he cannot shave […]
November 19, 2020

Can we require that employees give notice before quitting?

Question Can we require that employees give notice before quitting? Answer Requiring departing employees to give notice could jeopardize their at-will status (if applicable). To avoid […]
November 17, 2020

How to Support a Grieving Employee

Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, and yet for being such a common experience, it’s also one that few of us are fully […]
November 12, 2020

Why Termination Always Comes with Risk

Question I’ve heard it said that termination always comes with risk. What does that mean? Answer It means there’s always a risk that a terminated employee […]
November 10, 2020

How to Improve Your Job Postings

By Marisa Stoll, SPHR A job posting is often the first impression a prospective job applicant has with your organization. It’s important for that impression to […]
November 5, 2020

Dependent Care Spending Accounts

Autumn has arrived. It’s the time of year when working parents have questions about Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). How do they manage their 2020 account […]
October 29, 2020

Do We Have to Provide Time Off to Vote?

Question One of my employees has requested time off to vote. My state doesn’t require voting leave, but this employee works in a different state, and […]
October 27, 2020

IRS Announces 2021 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-79 announcing cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for […]
October 10, 2017

Delaware Employment Law Update-September 2017

October 10th, 2017 State Employees’ Donated Leave Program On September 29, 2017, the Delaware Governor signed legislation (H.B. 258) that allows a state officer or employee […]
October 10, 2017

California Employment Law Update-September 2017

October 10th, 2017 Retaliation Actions and Complaints On October 3, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (S.B. 306) authorizing the Labor Commissioner to petition a […]
October 11, 2017

Court finds that First Bankers Trust Services overpaid $9.4M for shares of New Jersey paving, building company stock

NEW YORK – A federal judge, presiding over a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit, has found that First Bankers Trust Services Inc. breached its duties of […]
October 11, 2017

US Labor Department extends fiduciary rule applicability date

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a 60-day extension of the applicability dates of the fiduciary rule and related exemptions, including the Best […]