Posts by Joanna Kim-Brunetti

EEOC Settlement Sets Precedent for Service Dog Use in Workplace

Chalk one up for man’s best friend and military veterans. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit with a North American trucking company in what is a groundbreaking precedent for the use of service dogs and other emotional support animals on the job by persons with emotional disabilities.…

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DOL Proposes New Rule Clarifying FLSA Regulations

DOL Proposes New Rule Clarifying FLSA Regulations

For the first time in over 50 years, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has proposed a new rule to clarify the regular earning rate requirements under section 7(e) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, employers are required to provide overtime pay of at least one and…

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Hire Vets Through WOTC

Hire Vets Through WOTC

The HIRE Vets Medallion Program is an award from the U.S. Secretary of Labor that recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Employers can apply for the HIRE Vets Medallion Award as of January 31, 2019 and stand out for their employment practices. Additionally, employers can reap the benefits of tax incentives generated…

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Honor Military Veterans By Hiring Them

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Veteran’s Day is a time to take stock of how fortunate we are to live in a country with extensive freedoms, and how fortunate we are to have brave men and women who, generation after generation, step forward to willingly put their lives on the line to protect those freedoms for all of us. While…

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An ICE Storm in July

An ICE Storm in July

The recent announcement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should have gotten the attention of employers. It illustrates how seriously ICE is in carrying out its commitment to increase the number of I-9 audits in an effort to create a culture of compliance among employers. In a press release issued last week, ICE shared…

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Federal Agencies Amping Up U.S. Worker Protections

Federal Agencies Amping Up U.S. Worker Protections

A recent federal interagency agreement is looking to identify potential violations by employers of statutes and regulations governing the processes for seeking employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Under a recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that “a framework has been…

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Oregon’s New Scheduling Law Starts July 1

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Oregon is the first state to adopt a predictive scheduling law statewide for the retail, food services, and hospitality industries that will go into effect on July 1. S.B. 828, also known as the Fair Work Week Act, pertains to food service, hospitality, and retail establishments that have operations in Oregon and have at least…

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