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February 2, 2021

How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write […]
January 28, 2021

Does making employment temporary mean it can’t be at-will?

Question We’re hiring a temporary employee. Does specifying the expected end date of employment make the employment relationship contractual instead of at-will? Answer No. You can […]
January 19, 2021

What the Switch to Remote Work Teaches Us About HR

In the past year, many employers who would never have considered a remote work arrangement discovered that it was not only possible, but in some (or […]
January 14, 2021

Can we pay a temporary employee as an independent contractor?

Question We’ve hired someone to help out with some end-of-year tasks, and they’ll be leaving shortly after the new year. Can we pay them as an […]
January 12, 2021

Be Alert: Employers Are Seeing a Spike in Phishing Scams

Phishing emails are a type of scam designed to obtain information or prompt certain behavior from their targets. To that end, they typically appear to come […]
January 8, 2021

How should we handle returning personal belongings to a terminated employee? Can we pack them up for the employee?

Question How should we handle returning personal belongings to a terminated employee? Can we pack them up for the employee? Answer You may pack personal belonging […]
January 5, 2021

A Note on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

With COVID-19 vaccinations underway and widespread availability in sight, many employers want to know whether they can require their employees to get the vaccine. While recent […]
December 29, 2020

Should we send an employee home because they were coughing?

Question An employee of ours had a brief coughing fit today, but she says she just had something caught in her throat. As far as we’ve […]
December 28, 2020

Happy New Year!

What Do All Those Silly Employee Benefits Acronyms Stand For Anyway? Undoubtedly we will be adding more acronyms in the coming year, so here is a […]
December 22, 2020

HR: A Year in Review

Late in the day on March 11, two events heralded a seismic shift in the nation’s response to COVID-19: the NBA suspended its season after a […]
December 17, 2020

What is the minimum amount of time that a salaried exempt employee must work to be paid for the entire day?

Question What is the minimum amount of time that a salaried exempt employee must work to be paid for the entire day? Answer If an exempt […]
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. […]
January 10, 2017

US Labor Department sues Colorado alarm monitoring company, CEO and fiduciary to recover $82K in missing retirement, health plan contributions

Date of Action: Jan. 6, 2017 Type of Action: Lawsuit to recover missing retirement and health plan funds Name of Defendant(s): Central Security Communications Inc. Chief […]
January 17, 2017

US Labor Department files lawsuit to recover employees’ contributions for participants in two Passages Hospice benefit plans

Date of Action: Jan. 17, 2017 Type of Action: Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit Names of Defendants: Sandor Szajkovics Passages Hospice LLC Passages Hospice LLC […]
March 1, 2017

US Labor Department proposes extension to fiduciary rule applicability date

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed extension of the applicability dates of the fiduciary rule and related exemptions, including the Best […]
August 31, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Additional Extension Of Transition Rule Period for Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed 18-month extension from January 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, of the special transition period for the […]