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2020 Minimum Wage Increases

December 19, 2019

A number of states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2020. 

See the latest information on upcoming changes.

2020 Minimum Wage Changes

Performance Appraisals: Tips for Managers

December 9, 2019

The performance appraisal used to be a one-time event, typically conducted at the end of the year. It was the only time a supervisor and employee sat down to discuss the employee’s performance. It also may have been the only time a "good performer" received any recognition for a job well done. However, today, a "good" performance appraisal system should provide for ongoing feedback to the employee throughout the year.

What You Need To Know Before Sending Home Sick Employees

November 27, 2019

Every employer at one time or another must deal with employees who get sick. Typically, employees who are under the weather take time off to visit a doctor, or stay home for a few days until their health improves. But what if an employee chooses to report to work even though they are clearly ill? Some employers wonder if asking an employee to go home is appropriate or even legal. Here are some factors to consider before sending home an employee due to illness.

What does the law say?

Closing the Unequal Pay Gap: How Employers Can Manage Gender Pay Inequity

November 12, 2019

Study after study, the data reveals that a significant gap in pay between men and women continues to exist. It is estimated that on average women earn about $0.80 for every dollar a man earns. These discrepancies are even greater for women of color.  Though statistics show that disparities in pay ratio based on gender are shrinking, progress on closing the gap has been modest, changing roughly by only a nickel over the last four years.

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.

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