Legal, Compliance & Policies

Despite Opposition in Congress, Overtime Rules Will Probably Change in July

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By Eric B. Meyer On Feb. 9, over 100 members of Congress signed this letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to voice their opposition to the new proposed overtime rules, which could go into effect in July. I only have an electronic version of the letter. But, it looks like it was…

Behind the Big Blow-Up and Controversial CEO Resignation at Zenefits

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For the past few years Zenefits, the startup HR technology company, has seemed invincible. Investors everywhere were clamoring to be a part of what was supposed to be the biggest shakeup the health insurance industry had ever seen, apart from the Affordable Care Act. Just last May, the company was able to raise $500 million in…

Small Employers Could Be On the Hook For Health Care, Family Leave

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Every business that has contractors or temps supplied by another company needs to be alert for the likelihood the U.S. Department of Labor will find a joint employer relationship exists. This is as true for small employers as it is for the largest. A lengthy Administrator’s Interpretation issued last month by the Labor…

How Do You Handle Employees With a Super Bowl Hangover Today?

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By Eric B. Meyer Carolina Panthers. Denver Broncos. Meh. Doritos won the Super Bowl, am I right? But, for the 10 percent of your workforce that may be missing work today because of a Super Bowl “hangover,” you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get their opinions on the Super Bowl commercials. Handling those who…

Can You Forbid an Employee From Job Hunting While on FMLA Leave?

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By Eric B. Meyer Last Monday, one of my favorite HR bloggers, Suzanne Lucas, aka The Evil HR Lady, addressed a reader question about whether a company can legally prohibit an employee from seeking other employment while on leave covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As part of her post, Her Evilness…

What Employers Need to Know About Dealing With the Zika Virus

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By Thomas Benjamin Huggett The Zika virus is receiving significant press coverage, including reports that it may cause birth defects if pregnant women are exposed. Employers may wonder if they have obligations to protect or accommodate employees under state and federal law, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Americans with…

Surprise: Unreported Hours Worked May Count Towards Employee’s FMLA Eligibility

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By Eric B. Meyer It takes 1,250 hours. An employee needs to have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to be eligible to take qualified leave. A few years ago, I blogged about a case involving a teacher…

Gambling in the Workplace: It’s Anything But a Safe Bet

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By Roger L. Grandgenett II and Sandra C. Ketner So you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot? There are still plenty of opportunities to win big in the next few weeks as Super Bowl 50, March Madness, and even the Oscars quickly approach. Many employees will likely be solicited by their fellow co-workers or supervisors to…

In Real Life HR, an Employee Who Punches a Fellow Employee Gets Fired

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The world of the NBA brings us the real live HR Game Show – What Would You Do? I know most of you could care less about professional basketball, and I promise, this post isn’t about basketball. In case you didn’t hear about it, last week All Star Blake Griffin of the Los…