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Making Sense of the ADA, FMLA, and Reasonable Accommodations

October 21, 2019

A detailed overview of how these complex employment laws can intersect, confusing some employers.

Many employers have had experience with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee leave law,.and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an anti-discrimination law.  However, where these laws intersect still creates confusion, and failure to comply with these laws is a risky and potentially expensive pitfall. 

Department of Labor Announces Final Overtime Rule

September 30, 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its much anticipated final changes to the federal overtime regulations governing white collar workers. The DOL announced an increase in the salary threshold for white collar exemptions to $35,568 per year from $23,660, effective January 1, 2020. The rule also changed the Highly Compensated Employee threshold from $100,000 to $107,432.

Top Compliance Issues New York Employers Should Know About

August 13, 2019

Lawmakers in New York have made 2019 a banner year in the area of employment regulation, both at the state and local levels. If you are an employer in the state, you know the legal landscape is constantly changing and you need to stay on top of the latest rules in place wherever you have employees. Here is a list of the top compliance issues effecting private employers in New York as of this summer.

Upcoming Minimum Wage Rate Changes

July 1, 2019

Keeping up with changing state and local minimum wage rates is an ongoing challenge for small and mid-size employers.  From how to properly administer tip credits, to following special 'Wage Orders'  that set industry-specific requirements, compliance can be complicated and time-consuming.

A number of states and local jurisdictions raised their minimum wage in 2019. Many counties and municipalities across the country are adding to these increases effective July 1, 2019. 

Workplace Bullying: Is it That Serious?

June 17, 2019

Some employers may consider workplace bullying to be less serious than illegal harassment or other issues that involve discrimination or retaliation in the workplace. These employers should think again. Workplace bullying can have the same detrimental effects on a company, its people, the work culture, and even customers and partners as incidents of illegal harassment, discrimination and retaliatory treatment. Productivity – among individuals and work teams – typically suffers the greatest negative impact.

Top 3 Summer Workplace Issues and How to Manage Them

May 28, 2019

Summer is almost here and with that comes a new set of seasonal employment law issues. Top of the list for many employers includes the hiring of interns, dress code compliance and handling time off requests.

1. Hiring Summer Interns

Employers looking to hire interns to work during the summer season or beyond should know that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently changed the criteria to determine if an internship must be paid.  In certain circumstances, internships are considered employment subject to federal minimum wage and overtime rules.

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