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► EEOC Assesses Root Causes of Workplace Harassment

April 11, 2019

For the past three years, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) task force has focused on identifying the causes of workplace harassment as well as some possible remedies. In this article, we discuss how the agency is trying to channel those findings into “significant and ...

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► New Rule: Determining Employees' Regular Rate of Pay

April 5, 2019

With a stated aim of providing clarification on how to determine employees’ regular rate of pay, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new proposed rule updating what forms of payment employers can include and exclude in the “time and one-half” overtime pay ...

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► The Do's and Don'ts of Workplace Documentation

March 26, 2019

As many of you know, proper documentation is critical in almost every aspect of managing your employees. In litigation, documentation can mean the difference between a defense verdict and a multimillion-dollar jury award. But don’t document just to document—poor documentation is ...

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► EEO-1 Advice: Prepare Now But Watch for More Info Due by April 3

March 25, 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) portal for accepting EEO-1 reports is open, but confusion still surrounds when and how employers are to include the newly required pay and hours-worked data. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on ...

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► New Overtime Pay Threshold: Submit Your Comments Now

March 21, 2019

May 21 is the deadline for employers to submit their comments and make known their concerns about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that is expected to make more than a million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The DOL’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was ...

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► Why a Safe Workplace Is Just Good Business

March 18, 2019

Nearly 3 million on-the-job injuries occur each year. These injuries may often result in significant disruptions and costs to your company, as well as your employees and their families. While not all are considered serious, more than one-third of on-the-job injuries require time off work to ...

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► The Top 5 Critical Components Every Job Description Must Contain

March 13, 2019

In a part one of this article we featured the importance of a good job description. Today, we look at the key components every job description must contain. [This is Part II of an article from The California Employment Law Letter (CELL), written by Mark I. Schickman, and Cathleen S. ...

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► New Ruling Restores EEO-1 Pay Data Requirements

March 9, 2019

Due to a recent court ruling, employers are faced with the prospect of having to put in considerably more work on EEO-1 reports this year. A federal judge has ruled the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was wrong to stop implementation of a pay data requirement proposed during the Obama ...

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► Salary Threshold Expectations for New OT Rule

March 6, 2019

The long-anticipated OT rule to determine what workers are eligible to collect overtime pay is likely to be released soon, and it is expected to set an annual salary threshold in the mid-$30,000 range, possibly around $35,000. News organizations report that the U.S. Department of Labor’s ...

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► Exempt Employees: Must They be Paid a Salary?

February 26, 2019

With the glut of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation over the last few years, employers have become more and more familiar with the various federal regulations on overtime exemptions. In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) resumed its practice of issuing opinion letters ...

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