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PRESIDENT ORDERS EXPANSION OF OVERTIME RULES

March 21, 2014

On March 13, 2014, President Obama issued a Memorandum instructing the Secretary of Labor to update federal overtime regulations so that more workers would be entitled to overtime pay. The overtime and minimum wage rules are set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), originally passed ...

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SOCIAL MEDIA USE RAISES EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CONCERNS

March 18, 2014

As the use of social media becomes more pervasive in today’s workplace, employment discrimination concerns also continue to grow. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently held a meeting at its headquarters in Washington to discuss with a panel of experts how the use of ...

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NEW FORM I-9 EMPLOYEE INFORMATION SHEET

March 14, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new one-page “ Form I-9 Employee Information Sheet ” that responds to common questions and prepares new employees to fill-in Section One of the Form I-9.  This resource is available in English and Spanish . ...

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IRS URGES EMPLOYERS TO CLAIM HEALTHCARE TAX CREDIT

March 11, 2014

With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is encouraging small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify. The Small Business Health ...

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WAL-MART SUED FOR HARASSING & FIRING OLDER WORKER

March 7, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, LLC discriminated against a store manager by subjecting him to harassment, unequal treatment and discharge because of his age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a recent lawsuit. The EEOC's suit also alleges that Wal-Mart violated ...

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NEW RELIGIOUS DRESS AND GROOMING GUIDES

March 4, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two new technical assistance publications addressing workplace rights and responsibilities with respect to religious dress and grooming under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   The question-and-answer guide, ...

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HEALTHCARE: FINAL RULE ON 90-DAY WAITING PERIOD

February 21, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have announced the publication of final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 90-day limitation on waiting periods for health coverage. 90-Day Limitation Under the final regulations, employers, group ...

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EMPLOYER TO PAY $6.8 MILLION FOR ILLEGAL TIP POOL

February 20, 2014

A Pennsylvania employer has agreed to pay more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages for serious wage violations involving tipped employees.  The employer, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie's & Pete's, signed a consent judgment agreeing to pay current ...

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DIRTY DOZEN TAX SCAMS FOR 2014

February 19, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding employers and employees to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. The Dirty Dozen ...

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ONE YEAR DELAY IN ACA INSURANCE MANDATE FOR SOME EMPLOYERS

February 17, 2014

The Obama Administration has released final regulations on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that includes a partial delay in the effective date of employer responsibility payments (penalties) for certain employers. The regulations answers many of the questions that continue to trouble employers ...

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