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Important Breaking Information On How The Coronavirus Is Affecting The Workplace

This is a very uncertain time for employers in Texas. One of the key issues employers are facing is how to pay employees who cannot work because they have the coronavirus, have to self-quarantine, have been ordered to shelter in place, or have children at home because school and daycare have been suspended. Guidance on these issues is coming forth daily. 

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So What’s Going to Happen to New Overtime Rules Come December 1?

If you are like many of my clients, this is a very important question for you.  We have been planning for how to address the new DOL rules on the increased salary threshold for classifying an employee as exempt to become effective on December 1, 2016.  

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Get Ready for EEOC Activity on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Sexual Discrimination Charges

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC) has begun pursuing in earnest charges and lawsuits based on “sex discrimination” under Title VII for sexual orientation and transgender discrimination.
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DOL Tightens Definition Of Independent Contractor Again!

The assault on independent contractor classification of workers by employers just heightened another step. On July 15, 2015, the US Department Of Labor (DOL) issued a new guidance that narrows the definition even more. Many workers who have been classified as independent contractors will have to be recognized as employees

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Requiring a Health Questionnaire in Hiring Can Cost You Big Bucks

Most employers should know this by now, but apparently, all don’t.  The EEOC recently won a judgment from a Missouri federal district court that a farm in Missouri violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by requiring all job applicants to fill out a health history form before they were considered for a job. 

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New Overtime Rules & the Non-Profit Sector

Do you know how the new FLSA overtime pay rules affect non-profit organizations?

If you are a non-profit organization and are concerned about how the new FLSA overtime pay rule will affect your organization, please view the Dept. of Labor’s Guidance for Non-Profit Organizations on Paying Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Overtime Final Rule and the Non-Profit Sector. These documents explain individual coverage, enterprise coverage, as well as white collar exemptions under the FLSA.

Download documents by clicking the links below.

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Employers: The Basics and the Nitty Gritty of Dealing with New Overtime Rules

Employers have read for over a year about the proposed new overtime exemption rules from the Department of Labor (“DOL”).  Finally, on May 18, 2016, the changes to federal overtime exemption law were published by DOL. 
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Clock for New DOL Overtime Exemption Regulations Springs Ahead

The clock has been pushed ahead on a possible compliance date for the new Department of Labor (DOL) rule revising the minimum salary level for white collar overtime exemptions. 

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Is Your Employee Handbook a Ticking Time Bomb?

Reviewing your handbook periodically is always a good idea to be sure it has kept pace with changing laws. 
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HR Managers Can Help Stem the Tide of Huge Damages

According to a January report from the large national employment law firm, Seyfarth-Shaw*, the value of class-based employment-related litigation and enforcement actions reached an all-time high in 2015.
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