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September 26, 2019

Ask the Experts: Pay for Training

Question: Our employees are required to attend sexual harassment prevention training. Do we need to pay for their time at training? Answer: If an employer requires […]
September 24, 2019

Overtime Regulations Finalized

Update: Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Update Overtime Regulations On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to […]
September 19, 2019

Planning Your Open Enrollment for Success

Do you have mixed feelings about the annual benefits open enrollment period? A mixture of dreading the extra workload and potential rate increases … while hoping […]
September 18, 2019

EEO-1 Pay Data Due September 30

EEO-1 Component 2 (pay data) collection for 2017 and 2018 is currently underway and is due September 30, 2019. When this month ends, the Component 2 […]
September 6, 2019

9 Commandments of Politics in the Workplace

Robin Shea, partner with leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, offers pointers on keeping […]
September 6, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Actions to Assist Americans Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced actions it is taking to assist Americans in states affected by Hurricane Dorian. “The U.S. Department […]
September 3, 2019

California Cleans Up Sexual Harassment Training

On August 30, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed clean-up legislation (S.B. 778) clarifying the state’s sexual harassment prevention training and education law, particularly when mandatory […]
August 30, 2019

What We’re Reading — August 2019

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with some employment news, research, and analysis. Here are some of the stories that caught our attention this month. Wage […]
August 29, 2019

ERISA Turns 45!

As America’s workers look forward to the long Labor Day weekend, we take a moment to acknowledge the 45th anniversary of the enactment of the Employee […]
August 27, 2019

Ask the Experts: Racial Insensitivity

Question: One of our employees is accused of making a racially insensitive comment. How should we handle this? Answer: A racially insensitive comment could be considered […]
August 26, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in North Carolina Business Owners Paying $21,404 in Employee Contributions, Unpaid Medical Claims

CHARLOTTE, NC – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division, has entered a consent judgment and order between the U.S. […]
August 16, 2019

Court Sentences Omaha, Nebraska, Resident to Jail, Orders $276,878 In Restitution After U.S. Department of Labor Finds Benefits Fraud

OMAHA, NE – After a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector […]
January 6, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Decision on April 1, 2018, Applicability of Final Rule Amending Claims Procedure for Disability Benefit Plans

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today its decision for April 1, 2018, as the applicability date for employee benefit plans to comply with […]
January 9, 2018

Ask the Experts: Employee Claims to Not Receive Message of Office Closure

January 8th, 2018 Question: We are a California employer. If we notify a nonexempt employee of a disaster-related closure via voice mail, text, or email, and […]
January 12, 2018

Court Orders Illinois Business Owner to Restore Losses To Retirement Plan and Trust After Fiduciary Violations

CHICAGO, IL – Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a judgment requiring Michael Lewis, […]
January 12, 2018

Employers Beware, and Be Ready: How to Prepare for an ICE Raid

On Wednesday morning, officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspected nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the country, and arrested 21 employees for being illegally present in the […]