Proceed with Caution When Employment Involves Immigration

While trying to satisfy one federal law, employers may inadvertently violate another. For example, an employer who seeks to verify an individual's eligibility to work in the United States might accidentally step over a line and be found guilty of discrimination. If this happens to you, you may end up paying penalties. Here's the story.


DOL Gets Tough on Independent Contractor Classification

If you're issuing a lot of Form1099s to people performing work for your company, take note: The Department of Labor (DOL) is aggressively challenging the status of many independent contractors who it believes are de facto employees. The distinction is crucial. Here's a look at a recent DOL "Administrator's Interpretation" on this matter.


Employers: Understand When Disability Discrimination Occurs

Employees and job applicants filed 25,369 charges of disability discrimination last year, according to federal statistics. The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, but the number and nature of cases filed each year illustrate that many employers still struggle with the concept of the law. Here are three recent examples of EEOC lawsuits claiming disability discrimination.


Proposed DOL Rule May Make Millions More Eligible for Overtime Pay

On June 30, The U.S. Department of Labor issued long-awaited proposed changes to overtime pay rules. If implemented, the proposed rule would increase the minimum salary for exempt status and make millions more workers eligible for overtime. This article explains the current requirements, as well as the path the proposed rule needs to take in order to become a final rule that could go into effect in 2016 or later.


Employer Information about the High Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on June 26 invalidated state bans on same-sex marriage. The landmark ruling may have implications for employee benefits, payroll and for elements of employment law. Some may require prompt action, while others may roll out more slowly. This article describes some key points employers should consider.


Use Stay Interviews to Keep Your Best People On Board

National surveys point to a continuing tightening of the labor market. Concurrently, several high-profile private and public employers are raising their minimum wages above the federal floor. These patterns could put you at risk for a jump in employee turnover if you don't take preemptive measures not necessarily having anything to do with wage levels. One possibility is to introduce stay interviews.


Take Another Look at Paid Sick Leave

In today's work world, a majority of employers voluntarily offer paid sick leave. However, there are legislative efforts nationwide to require employers to provide this benefit. Despite a push by President Obama, Congress so far has balked at making it a federal mandate. Instead, laws have been passed at the state and local levels. Here's an update.


 

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