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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 […]
March 9, 2021

Can I require employees to turn on their cameras during meetings?

Question Can I require employees to turn on their cameras during meetings? Answer Yes, generally, you can require employees to have their webcam on during meetings. […]
March 4, 2021

Our company is closing today due to inclement weather. Are we required to pay employees for this day?

The answer depends on whether the employees are exempt or nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Exempt employees must still be paid when you close […]
March 2, 2021

How to Make Good Use of Your Employee Handbook

Employee handbooks are a nifty communication and reference tool for the workplace, but only if they’re used and not collecting dust on some physical (or digital) […]
February 25, 2021

Do I need to include an EEO statement in our job postings?

Question Do I need to include an EEO statement in our job postings? Answer Unless you are a federal contractor, you are not required to have […]
February 23, 2021

OSHA’s New COVID-19 Guidance

Question I’ve heard that OSHA released new COVID-19 workplace guidance. Are there any new requirements? Answer Technically, no. OSHA’s new guidance is advisory in nature and […]
February 19, 2021

Our Senior Legal Analyst Answers Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Over at Quora, our Senior Legal Analyst, Kara Gorvo, answers employer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. You can see her answers by clicking the links below:
February 18, 2021

Can we give an employee notice ahead of time that their employment will be terminated?

Question We are going to terminate an employee who has not been meeting expectations, even after several warnings. Could we give the employee notice that their […]
February 16, 2021

What are some typical examples of employee discipline?

Question What are some typical examples of employee discipline? Are there any you recommend? Answer Discipline should reflect the severity of the behavior, attempt to correct […]
October 5, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Nominations Period for 2018 ERISA Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting nominations to fill five, three-year vacancies on the Advisory Council on Employee […]
October 6, 2017

Court Orders $5M to Be Restored to Employee Stock Ownership Plan

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with the owner of a Manhattan laser surgery center to pay $5 million […]
October 6, 2017

Manager of health care network to reimburse plans for fees

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor and a third-party administrator that provides employee health benefit plans with access to a network of doctors, hospitals […]
October 7, 2017

Court orders trustee to repay profit-sharing plan of Tennessee construction equipment company

Type of Action: Consent order and judgement Names of Defendants: Ditch Witch Equipment of Tennessee Inc.Aubrey Needham Allegations: Based on an investigation conducted by the Employee Benefits Security […]