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April 27, 2021

Do we need to pay a remote employee for travel time to the office?

Question We have a non-exempt employee who has been working from home. Do we need to pay her for time spent traveling to the office? She’s […]
April 22, 2021

The Fundamentals of Performance Management

The right performance management process for your organization depends in large part on what you want to accomplish with it and what you’re willing to invest […]
April 20, 2021

Can we ask for more detail when an employee marks “personal” for the reason they’re requesting a vacation day?

Question Can we ask for more detail when an employee marks “personal” for the reason they’re requesting a vacation day? Answer You can generally ask employees […]
April 16, 2021

Can we ask employees for proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

Question Can we ask employees for proof of COVID-19 vaccination? Answer You can ask employees for proof that they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, but you need […]
April 12, 2021

COBRA Subsidy: What Employers Need to Know

The American Rescue Act of 2021 (ARPA) is the latest federal law addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most aspects of the law do […]
April 6, 2021

Can we terminate an employee who’s looking for work elsewhere?

Question We’ve recently learned that one of our employees is planning to leave the company and has been applying for positions elsewhere. Can we terminate them? […]
April 2, 2021

Why States and Municipalities Are Protecting Natural Hair

With the recent addition of Connecticut, eight states and a number of municipalities have passed laws prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, also known as natural hair discrimination. […]
March 25, 2021

When Stress Affects an Employee’s Mental Health

Question An employee says that the stress of the job is affecting their mental health. How should we handle this? Answer This employee may just need […]
March 23, 2021

Are we required to talk to the parents of a terminated employee?

The parents of a recently terminated employee have called us several times asking us why their son was fired. Are we required to discuss the matter […]
March 18, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects […]
March 16, 2021

One of our employees was arrested today. Can we terminate their employment?

Question One of our employees was arrested today. Can we terminate their employment? Answer We would recommend against terminating employment simply on the basis of an […]
March 11, 2021

ThinkHR in the News

Our VP of People & Talent, Carla Yudhishthu, was quoted recently for stories in TechRepublic and U.S. News and World Report. In the former, Carla explains […]
December 12, 2016

US Labor Department sues defunct Meyersdale company to restore unremitted participant contributions to employee 401(k) retirement plan

Date of Action: Dec. 2, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Defendant(s): Matthew Kenneth Smith Wind Turbine Solutions LLC Wind Turbine Solutions LLC Retirement Trust Allegations: Based on […]
December 13, 2016

US Labor Department sues Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, company for abandoning 401(k) plan after ceasing operations

Date of Action: Dec. 9, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Name(s) of Defendant: Authorized Factory Service Inc. Allegations: Based on an investigation conducted by the U.S. […]
December 16, 2016

US Labor Department adds important protections to ensure fairness, transparency and accuracy of disability benefits claims process

WASHINGTON – It can be challenging for workers seeking disability benefits from an employer-sponsored plan to understand the process and why their claim is approved or […]
December 19, 2016

US Labor Department files lawsuit to appoint independent fiduciary to administer 401(k) plan after Los Angeles-area hotel ceased operations

Date of action: Dec. 15, 2016 Type of action: Complaint Name of defendants: Urban Hotels Inc., doing business as LAX Plaza Hotel Urban Hotels 401(k) Plan […]