Regulations

Pay Ratios Are on Investors’ Minds

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Public companies will be required to provide disclosure of their pay ratios in registration statements, proxy and information statements, and annual reports that will be issued this year. How did we get here? A little over two years ago, the SEC adopted a rule that requires public companies to reveal the ratio of the compensation…

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Workers Seeing Minimum Wage Hikes Across the Country in 2018

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While many workers are assessing the benefit of the recent tax reform legislation passed by Congress, which goes into effect for filing 2018 taxes in 2019, many are seeing a real benefit through increases in the minimum wage laws across the country. Starting this month, 4.5 million workers in 18 states and the District of…

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Lyft Offers Educational Benefits to Drivers

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Lyft may have found a better way in its ongoing competition with Uber. The ride-share company that seems to be the Avis to Uber’s Hertz may have one-upped the competition by becoming the first company in the gig economy to offer its drivers education benefits. Lyft is being hailed as the first company in the…

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Predictive Scheduling Making an Impact In New York

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New York City is implementing new rules that will affect the predictability of workers’ schedules in retail stores and fast food restaurants, becoming the largest city to implement such legislation. These new rules are reflected in a collection of local laws dubbed the “Fair Workweek” legislation (including Int. No. 1387-2016 – applicable only to retail…

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Nordstrom Verdict Highlights Challenges of Scheduling Workers

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A recent dismissal of a case by employees against retail giant Nordstrom has some important ramifications for companies that have complex scheduling challenges for their employees. In the case of Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., employees argued that they did not receive their day of rest, as mandated by state law because their work schedules stretched…

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Will E-Verify Become Mandatory for Employers?

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that would make E-Verify mandatory for employers. The Legal Workforce Act would require employers to use E-Verify, the electronic database to verify employment eligibility of workers, to check the eligibility of job applicants to work in the U.S. before they are hired. Currently, most employers are not…

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The Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to Increase in 2018

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Workers on federal construction and service contracts will receive an increase in their minimum wage in 2018. On January 1, 2018, federal contractors covered under Executive Order 13658 will be required to pay workers $10.35/hour, up from $10.20/hour. Tipped federal contract employees also will see their minimum wage increase to $7.25/hour from $6.80/hour. Tipped employees…

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What To Know About Employee Sweepstakes And Contests

The DOs and DON’Ts Of Employee Sweepstakes And Contests

In this era of transient workforces, employees can use a much-needed pat on the back to let them know that they are valued within their company, whether as a bonus, a gift or praise. Contests and sweepstakes can be a way to reward employees, break down barriers, boost morale, and just have fun. As you…

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Minneapolis Sees A Significant Increase In Minimum Wage

Minneapolis Joins other Cities in Raising the Minimum Wage

At the close of June, the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15/hour through a phased approach that will go into full effect by July 1, 2024, not including potential adjustments for inflation. Starting on January 1, 2018, large businesses with 100 or more employees will see a…

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New Safe Harbor Rule May Clarify Worker Classifications

Proposed Safe Harbor Rule to Address the Classification of Workers by the IRS

The gig economy has become an important part of our economy. This has increased ambiguity amongst how workers are classified versus the scope of their work. In recognition of this situation, new legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a safe harbor for determinations…

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Form I-9 Is Changing

Understanding Form I-9’s Importance

President Trump continues to emphasize his goal to strictly enforce employment regulations as they pertain to undocumented workers. An increasing number of raids have been conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since the President took office in January. With an increased focus on deporting undocumented workers, it is important for employers to understand…

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3 Tips To Survive New York’s Employee Paid Family Leave

Does New York’s Employee Paid Family Leave Have Your Company In Disarray? Here Are 3 Tips To Handle It

As of january 1, 2018, New York will have its new Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFLBL) go into effect. Employees working for New York companies are entitled to a partial salary replacement, should they take leave for a number of situations. Those include assisting their family when another family member is deployed by the…

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Demystifying E-Verify

Struggling With E-Verify? Here Are Some Tips

As an employer, chances are you may have heard of E-Verify, the electronic database to verify employment eligibility of workers. Employers are not currently required to use E-Verify, though many utilize it. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that more than 700,000 employers use E-Verify at more than 1.9 million hiring sites. The process…

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DOL Calls For Public Comments on Overtime Rule

Is DOL Overtime Rule Heading into a Ditch?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s prior attempt to change overtime regulations for salaried employees is taking a turn under the Trump administration. The DOL’s proposed overtime regulation under the Obama administration last year had suggested that workers with a $47,476 salary or lower would be eligible for overtime pay under federal wage laws. That salary…

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In the Face Of Potential ICE Raids, Keep Your I-9’s Organized

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has recently been conducting “raids,” leading to the arrest of undocumented immigrants. States like Mississippi, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania have all seen raids; several arrests have happened. As an employer, you may have employed undocumented workers either intentionally or unbeknownst to you. For over thirty years,…

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Another Increase In OSHA Penalties Has Occurred

It only took about six months for OSHA penalties to see yet another increase. On August 1 of last year, a huge bump in OSHA penalties occurred, surrounding violations of safety and health regulations via the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. Since then, another increase arrived at the top of…

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