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August 10, 2020

Think Hr – New York Federal Court Strikes Down DOL FFCRA Rules.

FFCRA Leave – Significant Rule Changes A federal court in New York recently struck down four federal Department of Labor (DOL) rules related to the leaves […]
August 10, 2020

Presidential order defers employee social security taxes

Presidential order defers employee social security taxes On August 8 via executive order, President Trump has deferred the employee’s portion of Social Security taxes for many […]
August 10, 2020

Are exempt employees who work extra hours owed additional pay?

Question The next couple weeks are going to be busier than usual for us. Can I require my exempt employees to work weekends? If so, do […]
August 6, 2020

IRS Announces Indexed Adjustments for Affordability Determination 2021

Rev. Proc. 2020-36 (July 21, 2020) Available at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-20-36.pdf The IRS has announced 2021 indexing adjustments for some crucial percentages under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The required […]
August 6, 2020

Responding to Anonymous Complaints: Dos and Don’ts

If you receive an anonymous complaint, it is important to remain calm and review the complaint objectively regardless of how egregious the accusations may seem. Although […]
August 5, 2020

Putting At-Will Employment at Risk

“At-will” employment refers to a common-law rule that the employment relationship may be terminated by the employer or the employee at any time, with or without […]
August 3, 2020

We’ve heard that some employees aren’t sanitizing their workstations and wearing masks when required. Do we need to investigate safety violations even if no one has made an official complaint?

Question: We’ve heard that some employees aren’t sanitizing their workstations and wearing masks when required. Do we need to investigate safety violations even if no one […]
July 30, 2020

When to Take a Chance on an Inexperienced Applicant

Every hiring manager receives applications from people who are clearly unqualified for the job. Sometimes, however, a candidate with no direct or seemingly-relevant experience applies for […]
July 27, 2020

Is it okay to wish our employees a happy birthday on our company social media page?

Question Is it okay to wish our employees a happy birthday on our company social media page? Answer There’s no law against it, but some employees […]
July 23, 2020

Three Tips for Business Leaders Who Are Considering Reopening Offices

How businesses navigate their employees and customers through this pandemic will shape their culture and brand for years to come. As business leaders consider reopening offices, […]
July 21, 2020

The Importance of Immediately Documenting Performance Problems

The importance of documenting performance problems as they occur cannot be overstated. Although this requires meeting with the employee and discussing the issue, which will almost […]
July 20, 2020

What do we do if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19?

First, notify other employees of potential exposure, if any, in the workplace. You should tell them that someone was diagnosed with the illness, but you should […]
October 9, 2017

US Labor Department, PBGC partnership recovers almost $1.5M for participants in two Chicago-based pension benefit plans

CHICAGO – A partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has recovered almost $1.5 million for […]
October 10, 2017

New fiduciary rule guidance from US Labor Department

WASHINGTON – Fiduciary rule guidance for financial advisors, retirement plan sponsors, and individual workers and retirees has been published on the U.S. Labor Department’s website. This […]
October 10, 2017

US Department of Labor recovers more than $41K for the St. Paul-based Weinhagen Tire Co. Inc. 401(k) Plan

Date of Action: April 11, 2017 Type of Action: Consent order and judgment Names of Defendant: Michael E. WeinhagenWeinhagen Tire Co. Inc.Weinhagen Tire Co. Inc. 401(k) […]
October 10, 2017

Ohio Employment Law Update-September 2017

October 10th, 2017 Minimum Wage Increase The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase from $8.15 to $8.30 per hour […]