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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 26, 2020

IRS Announces 2021 Limits for Health FSAs and Transit Benefits

On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions. Due to low inflation, some of the […]
September 15, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Hurricane Harvey Compliance Guidance and Relief to Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Irma

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced employee benefit plan compliance guidance and relief for victims of Hurricane Irma that parallels that which it already […]
September 26, 2017

Federal Employment Law Update-September 2017

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors On September 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor released the 2018 minimum wage rate for federal contractors as required by […]
September 26, 2017

Ask the Experts: Salary Nondisclosure Agreements

Question: We’d like to have employees sign a documented policy saying that they will not discuss their pay with current or past employees or with others […]
October 5, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Compliance Guidance For Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an update on employee benefit plan compliance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. “Our deepest and […]