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January 18, 2022

Sharing Information About an Employee’s Absence

Question One of our employees will be on leave while they go to rehab. What, if anything, should we tell the staff about the employee’s absence? […]
January 14, 2022

Supreme Court Halts OSHA ETS

The United States Supreme Court has halted the OSHA vaccine-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). As a result, covered employers (those with 100 or more employees) are […]
January 13, 2022

What Is an Exit Interview?

An exit interview is a conversation with a departing employee about their time at the company and the reason for their departure. It’s completely optional, but […]
January 11, 2022

Turning The Great Resignation Into A ‘Great Reengagement’ For Your Company

A version of this article was originally published at Forbes. “Help Wanted” signs – virtual or storefront – are everywhere. In 2021, millions of American workers […]
January 6, 2022

Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

Question Now that we’ve become a “remote first” company with most of our employees working from home, we’ve started hiring remote employees in other parts of […]
January 4, 2022

The Rewards of Trust and How to Get Them

About a year ago, Abigail began her first day on a new job. She was a software engineer, new to the workforce, and eager to make […]
December 29, 2021

Closures When a Holiday Falls on a Weekend

If a holiday like New Year’s Eve falls on a weekend when you’re closed, and you typically give employees that holiday off, do you have to […]
December 22, 2021

When does the Form I-9 need to be completed?

All new employees must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 on (or before) their first day of employment. Then, within three business days following their start […]
December 20, 2021

OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Mandate is Back with New Deadlines

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, a three-judge panel from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the stay on the OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate […]
December 14, 2021

What is a workweek? Is it just our hours of operation?

A workweek is not the same thing as your hours of operation. Rather, it defines the 168-hour period (i.e., seven 24-hour days) in which you track your nonexempt […]
December 9, 2021

Should we cancel our annual holiday party again this year?

Ultimately, it’s your decision whether to cancel your holiday party. Some companies are forgoing an in-person holiday party again this year, while others feel like it’s […]
December 1, 2021

Preparing the Workplace for Another Challenging Year

As we enter the new year, the risks of COVID-19 may recede, but the trauma, pain, and disruptions of these past two years will still be […]
December 19, 2016

New ERISA safe harbor for municipally sponsored IRAs

WASHINGTON – Increasing access to retirement savings opportunities is the surest way to help more of America’s workers secure their financial futures. Today, the U.S. Department […]
December 23, 2016

Suit seeks funds owed to retirement plan of Maryland company

Date of Action: Dec. 21, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Name(s) of Defendant(s): Larry Porter, Susan Porter, SeaBoard Management LLC, SeaBoard Management Inc., and SeaBoard Management […]
December 28, 2016

US Labor Department provides updated guidance on proxy voting by employee benefits plans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announced today updated guidance for plan fiduciaries with respect to proxy voting. Specifically, the agency […]
January 5, 2017

US Labor Department sues First Bankers Trust Services, Inc., Sonnax Industries, Inc. and its owners, to recover losses to Vermont ESOP

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the fiduciaries of a Vermont employee stock ownership plan for violations of the Employee Retirement Income […]