February 6, 2018

Will Your Job Descriptions Shield You in a Potential Wage and Hour Audit?

Wage and hour laws and regulations are always a hot topic. Many employers spent a good part of 2016 ensuring compliance with the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s proposed chang...

December 28, 2017

Question: We sent our head toymaker, Sil Verbells, to visit our partner site in the South Pole. Upon her return, Sil claimed she was sexually harassed in front of witnesses. How should we handle this situation?

Answer: Handle this investigation the same as you would a...

November 2, 2017

“Digital Open Enrollment and Covering Transgender Services”

With open enrollment season coming up, many employers are trying to reduce the amount of paper notices they distribute. There are health plan notices that are required under federal law, so employers need to be...

August 21, 2017

This Week’s Update,(Aug. 21, 2017)

Retirement plans. 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a second set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the transition period for its fiduciary rule. The new guidance covers:

  • a “fiduciary status disclosure” issue und...

August 18, 2017


Is minimum wage calculated on hours worked or hours worked plus performance-based earnings, thus subject to change each pay period? For instance, a nonexempt employee is paid $320 for 40 hours worked with $60 added for performance goals, totaling $380. Which a...

August 17, 2017

Communicating Medical Conditions 

Question: I have an employee who recently told me she has a medical condition that is causing her to miss time from work. I don’t want the employee’s job to become jeopardized due to frequent absences, but I’m not sure how to convey her...

August 4, 2017

That Stinks! EEOC Sues on Behalf of Employee Denied Relief from Workplace Smells

By Ellison F. McCoy on July 13, 2017

On July 12, 2017, the EEOC filed suit in the Middle District of North Carolina alleging that an employer violated the Americans with Disabiliti...

August 2, 2017

Hospitals exploring stricter rules around health benefits as key elements of health strategies — SURVEY RESULTS

A growing number of hospitals are enforcing stricter rules around their health benefits as they cope with increasing health care costs and an evolving health...

August 1, 2017

EEOC wants employers with 100 or more employees to submit wage info starting March 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Sept. 29 released an updated EEO-1 reporting form, which will require covered employers to provide employee pay data beginning i...

July 31, 2017

Massachusetts Governor signs bipartisan pregnant worker protection law — STATE LAW

Governor Charlie Baker has signed H. 3680, “An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act,” a bipartisan bill to extend protections to pregnant workers in the Common...

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