Some employers forget that minimum wage laws do not allow employers to charge employees for the purchase or rental of the uniforms and possibly cleaning to the extent it causes an employee’s pay to fall below minimum wage or statutory overtime.  The situation particularly comes into play where employers charge employees a lump sum for uniforms ...
Each employer with 50 or more full-time employees (30 hours or more per week) must provide employee-specific information to the IRS about the health coverage offered during 2015, whether healthcare benefits are offered or not.  The employer must send a Form 1094-C to the IRS, which gives a company level overview of the benefits offered and hours work...
When an employer violates the I-9 paperwork or discrimination requirements, either USCIS (for paperwork violations) or the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (for discrimination violations) will initiate an action for penalties against the employer.  The employer has the opportunity to settle or to fight.&nb...
There seems to be a trend developing among many employers of eliminating annual performance reviews, and instead relying on more constant feedback.  Kiplinger reports that some 6% of Fortune 500 employers have recently eliminated the process and that many more are likely to follow.  The theory is that ongoing feedback on a quarterly, monthly or ...
Two little known aspects of the so-called "budget deal" of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, significantly affect employment.  One provision amends the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 to require all agencies with civil monetary penalties covered by the statute to adjust those penalties to represent the change in the consumer...
ICE ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS CONDUCTING INTERNAL I-9 AUDITS Most employers conduct internal I-9 audits although they are not technically required by law.  On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Office of Special Counsel (OSC) issued guidance for employers conducting such audits. The guidelines suggest that an ...
For several years, equal employment agencies have been pursuing requirements that employers collect and report pay data categorized by race, gender and ethnicity in order to better apply the equal pay and other discrimination laws.  The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed an "equal pay report" t...
Stymied by a Republican led Congress, the Obama Administration has demonstrated its willingness and ability to use the pen to enact its liberal agenda through executive and agency action.  In the past few years alone, the Administration has raised the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 (Executive Order 13658), prohibited federal contracto...
Attorneys and clients are familiar with cases in which a plaintiff sues a group of defendants, hoping that the plaintiff can find a "deep pocket" so that at least one of the defendants will pay off the damage claim.  A recent example of this on the federal employment level is the ruling of the NLRB last August in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB ...
By J. Larry Stine, Mark A. Waschak, and Elizabeth K. Dorminey This one-volume treatise is the definitive OSHA reference guide. It is an invaluable resource for human resources professionals, safety professionals, attorneys, and safety consultants. Click to learn more and purchase
By James W. Wimberly, Jr. Written for the employment attorney or others encountering employment issues in Georgia. It covers principles found in Georgia statutes and cases, as well as issues not yet addressed by the Georgia courts or legislature. It includes the following topics, Independent contractors, Covenants not to compete, Compensation and bene...
 

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