Legal – Compliance & Policies

Healthcare Costs and the Collision With Employee Rights

Observing that the U.S. healthcare has been rising at almost twice the rate of the national economy, Tim Coan told an audience of HR professionals, “This is simply not sustainable.” But the question is, ‘What have we done about it’.” Speaking at a DisruptHR meeting in Denver last year, Coan said it is…

How to Tell Workers They Won’t Be Getting Overtime

This spring, an estimated four million Americans became eligible for overtime pay, with a new overtime rule doubling the salary threshold to automatic time-and-a-half compensation from $23,660 to $47,476. Yet this rule is now in jeopardy, thanks to a federal judge ruling before Thanksgiving that the Department of Labor did not have the…

Zenefits Fined $7 Million By California Regulators

Zenefits, the freemium HR administration platform for small businesses, has been fined $7 million in a settlement reached with California’s insurance department. It’s the largest penalty so far assessed against the software startup, and one of the largest penalties ever levied by California insurance regulators. The state’s insurance department said half the penalty…

What Will Happen to Your Immigrant Workers Next Year

When it comes to immigration, we’ve all heard a lot of rhetoric regarding work visas, E-Verify, walls, and deportation. But what does the implementation of President-elect Trump’s 10 immigration goals mean for everyday workers and employers? There is one goal that will have enormous impacts on how human resource professionals will do their…

What a Trump Presidency Means for Recruiting and HR Professionals

The election of Donald Trump, to serve as the 45th President of the United States (as well as Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House) is likely to substantially shift federal workplace law, regulation, and enforcement priorities. At this point, it is impossible to predict exactly how particular laws will be…

What Happens When Employees Work Out of Their Car?

It was bound to happen. After years of introducing technologies designed to make your car feel more like a home, some automakers are ready to start converting your vehicle into an office. Indeed, two different auto-related companies have announced Microsoft partnerships this year that are specifically designed to help boost business productivity while…

Judge Suspends Overtime Rule

A federal district court judge issued an order Tuesday temporarily stopping new rules on overtime pay from taking effect. Beginning Dec. 1, employers would have had to pay overtime to an estimated 4 million salaried workers earning less than $913 a week. The U.S. Labor Department last spring raised the salary threshold for…

China Streamlines Rules For Expat Workers

On Nov. 1, China launched a limited release of its unified work authorization application policy. The change is touted as a major overhaul of the previously regionally-based immigration program that will hopefully streamline the Chinese work permit application process. Now moving to a federal model administered by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA),…

H-1B and Other Immigration Fees Are Going Up

Every two years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services evaluates its fee schedule to determine if the rates are high enough to cover  operating costs, which include such things as fraud detection, national security, customer service and case processing. The government agency is almost entirely funded by fees paid by applicants and petitioners. As…

There’s Some New Poaching-Related Guidance From the U.S. Government, and It Can Mean Criminal Prosecution

In late October, the U.S. federal agencies responsible for enforcing antitrust law issued new guidance about anti-poaching and related agreements that you may have missed. But it’s important to those of you in the U.S., so let me explain. The Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals outlines an aggressive policy to investigate and punish employers,…

Stand Up to Medical Leave Abuse and Win

What are some of the signs of employee abuse of leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act? Monday and Friday FMLA days FMLA to avoid scheduled overtime FMLA after being denied a request for day(s) off FMLA immediately before/after holidays and scheduled PTO An employee wants FMLA to bridge his scheduled…

How President Trump Is Likely to Impact HR

As we prepare for Donald Trump to enter office on January 20, what changes might his administration bring? Will he honor the former administration’s bold moves around EEO reporting, contractor rules, minimum wage, FLSA, and equal pay laws? Or will it be a brand new day in comp? It’s safe to say in…

Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage

The 1st Infantry Division of the US Army has a saying: “No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty First!” Over 30,000+ veterans are placed in corporate America each year and there are over 7,500 companies that do the hiring per year of those military individuals. What is even more impressive is that…

How Prepared Are You to Deal With Workplace Violence?

Although violence in the workplace continues to plague employers, many still cling to the idea that “those types of things would never happen here.” This does not mean that most employers turn a blind eye to workplace violence; in fact, many employers concern themselves with preventing violent behavior. Fortunately, there are many actions these…

It’s High Time You Reviewed Your Company’s Drug Policy

Over the past 10 years, there have been changes to laws governing medicinal and recreational   marijuana use across the United States. Twenty-five states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana in some form. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and 25 million Americans have used marijuana…

DisruptHR: “Stop seeing a disability, and start seeing a discoverability!”

Note: In partnership with DisruptHR, TLNT presents some of the best Disrupt presentations from events across North America and now the world. Disrupt talks are modeled on the TEDx concept: Short, to the point talks on all things HR — talent, culture and technology. Nicholas Popowich is not the typical Disrupt HR speaker….

Your Hiring Managers Are Still Asking Dumb Interview Questions

When I was a teenager and applying for a job the manager who interviewed me asked what even then I thought was about the dumbest question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Seriously. Asking that of an 18 year old? Now comes an Accountemps survey that tells us hiring managers haven’t changed…

EEOC to Ratchet Up Scrutiny of Gig Economy Employers

This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP builds on a prior plan issued in December 2012, which guided EEOC activity for the past four years. In the new SEP, the…