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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 […]
November 29, 2021

Do We Have to Pay for Unauthorized Overtime?

Any overtime worked by non-exempt employees must be compensated, regardless of whether the overtime was authorized. If an employee has worked overtime hours that you didn’t […]
November 18, 2021

Effective Ways to Manage Remote Employees

Managing remote employees can certainly be a challenge. Here are some of the practices we recommend:  Set measurable goals around quality of work. Whether employees get their work done […]
November 16, 2021

Managing Performance When an Employee Has a Second Job

Question One of our employees has taken on a second job, and I’m concerned the additional work might hurt their performance or interfere with their work […]
November 10, 2021

IRS Announces 2022 Limits for Health FSAs and Transit Benefits

Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including an increase in voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored healthcare […]
November 9, 2021

IRS Announces 2022 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

On November 4, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2021-61 announcing cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for […]
November 8, 2021

Court Halts OSHA’s Vaccination-or-Testing ETS

On Saturday, November 6, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a temporary hold on the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccination or testing […]
November 5, 2021

OSHA Has Released Its Emergency Temporary Standard

OSHA has released its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccination or testing for employees of employers with 100 or more employees. Employers must start following […]
November 4, 2021

Can I ask an employee if they’re pregnant?

We recommend you not ask an employee if they’re pregnant and, instead, wait for them to inform you. With few exceptions, employers may not inquire about […]
November 2, 2021

How to Design a Powerhouse Team

Many Americans get their first job working at a fast-food chain. You may have been one of them. If so, you probably remember your first day. […]
October 31, 2021

HR Challenges Are Everywhere, Even on Dune

Editor’s note: We never stop thinking about HR, even when we’re watching movies or reading novels. We just can’t help wondering about what HR and compliance […]
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 […]