Oct 10, 2017  |   By Amy Thomson →

When Employees Engage in Extremist Off-Duty Activity: What is an Employer to Do?

There is little doubt that if an employee spewed hate-filled racist messages in the workplace or wore a Nazi swastika t-shirt to work, the employer would have justification to terminate their employment.  Even in the public sector, where employers have First Amendment considerations, it would be hard to conclude that such behavior was constitutionally protected. However, what about off-duty behavior? After the recent events in     Continue reading

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May 22, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

When an Employee Suffers a Loss: Is Bereavement Leave Required?

In March 2017, bills were introduced to the House and Senate that would include the death of a child as a qualifying event under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Parents who are eligible employees who work for qualified employers could take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave to mourn the loss of a child. In the meantime, there are few if any     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Featured, General Business, Pregnancy, Respectful Workplace   |  

Mar 28, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

The New Form I-9: What Employers Need to Know

Employers were required to begin using the revised Form I-9 (now dated 11/14/2016) on January 22, 2017. With a new administration in the White House promising to crack down on illegal immigration controls and focus on employer accountability, as well as the increase in potential penalties for hiring people not authorized to work in the U.S., it is important that you use the new form     Continue reading

Posted in Featured, General Business, Hiring and On-boarding, Uncategorized, Wage Payment   |  

Nov 29, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

The New FLSA Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees On Hold for Now: What Should Employers Do?

In case you hadn’t heard, on November 22, 2016, a federal judge prohibited the U.S. Department of Labor’s new regulation from taking effect on December 1, 2016.  The regulations would have, but for the Court’s injunction, increased the salary threshold for exempt employees from $455 per week to $913 per week. The injunction applies in all fifty states and is in place until further notice.      Continue reading

Posted in Featured, General Business, Minimum Wage, Overtime, Wage Payment, Worker Classification   |  

Nov 15, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

The New FLSA Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees: Are You Prepared for the Impending Changes?

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor published a new rule that will increase the salary requirements for “exempt” employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The time for complying with the new rule is just around the corner – the regulation goes into effect on December 1, 2016 regardless of the pending new presidential administration. What must you know as an employer and     Continue reading

Posted in Benefits and Benefits Administration, Fair Labor Standards Act, Featured, General Business, Hiring and On-boarding, Overtime, Uncategorized, Wage Payment, Worker Classification   |