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Major Changes in Overtime Regulations Coming Soon

Increased overtime availability is currently in the works. Set in motion by the Obama administration, these amendments to current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations inevitably mean big changes for employers regarding payroll, healthcare, and various other aspects. According to a recent post by HR Morning there are two big questions on employers’ minds: How soon Read More

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A Look Into the Increased Demand for PEOs

Today’s job market is quickly and constantly changing. In order to stay competitive in recruiting and retaining quality employees, businesses must provide them with more than a decent salary and a few extra vacation days. In recent years, employers have started turning to professional employer organizations (PEOs) to help provide their employees with the benefits Read More

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New Overtime Rules on the Horizon

President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum last week directing the Labor Department to develop new overtime rules. While the memorandum does not specify what the rules or new salary thresholds should be, it is directed to salaried workers who make more than the $455 a week threshold set by President Bush in 2004 who Read More

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Minimum Wage Raised for Federal Contract Workers By Executive Order

President Obama signed an Executive Order on February 12th instituting a new policy to raise the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts for services or construction to $10.10 per hour. The order becomes effective January 1, 2015 and will apply only to new contracts and subcontracts signed after its effective date that provide the Read More

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Home Health & Personal Care Workers to Benefit from Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections

In a News Release Sept. 17, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule, effective Jan. 1, 2015, extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to most workers who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people with illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. Direct care workers (certified nursing Read More

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Employers, Get Moving! Exchange Notice to All Eligible Employees are Due by Oct 1st

The Health Insurance Marketplace (aka “Exchange”) will start accepting enrollments October 1, 2013, with initial coverage beginning January 1, 2014. All employers must notify employees of the Exchange by October 1, 2013. After October 1, all new employees must be notified within 14 days of their start date. If in doubt, send the notice. This Read More

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Things You Should Know About FMLA Reinstatement

Chubbworks recently published, “Deciphering The FMLA And Job Reinstatement – What Employers Need To Know” featuring violations found by the US Department of Labor regarding an employer’s out-of-date leave policy. In addition to an overview of the case, Chubbworks outlined ways to help you stay compliant with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), including Read More

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A time-saving tip, and an interesting fact about the Exchange notice due by Oct. 1

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Oct. 1, 2013 Exchange notice deadline is mentioned seemingly everywhere, including several posts on this blog. Last week, we gave you a link to the Department of Labor (DOL) sample notices to help you ensure your notice is compliant. In a recent post on Lexology, post authors Alden J. Bianchi Read More

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DOMA Ruling on FMLA means It’s Time to Update Your Handbook

The Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied recognition of marital status to same-sex couples, is unconstitutional. In doing this, the Court increased the number of employees now entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers must now review and update their FMLA leave Read More

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Three Questions to Always Ask Before Classifying Independent Contractors

Leveraging independent contractors may seem like a perfect way to avoid many challenges of being an employer. However, they can also open the door to costly liabilities, penalties, and fines if not classified correctly. The Obama administration has increased efforts to find and correct worker mis-classification, so there is now additional funding for the Department Read More