American Express (AmEx) made national headlines last month when it announced it would soon offer employees 20 weeks of paid leave for the birth, surrogacy, adoption, or legal guardianship of a new child.
Kentucky is now the 27th state with a right-to-work law, which prohibits employers from requiring that workers join a union or pay union dues. The state’s governor signed the bill into law January 9 and it took effect immediately.
Employers would be wise to ignore the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations and guidance that permit exceptions timekeeping under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The department says that the practice is fine, but experts warn that it sets employers up to violate another DOL mandate: “complete and accurate” time records.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) regulations on wellness programs took effect January 1, as planned, despite a last-minute attempt to halt them in court.
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