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Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regs. See the updated section below to find all of the topics.
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  • HR Guidance:
    View the 2015 updated Minimum Wage chart. This chart features all current minimum wage changes, as well as any future changes, states with annual indexed changes, and tipped employee wages.
  • The Department of Labor, the IRS, and their state counterparts are closely scrutinizing the misclassification of independent contractors. This is a big revenue source for the government.
  • HR Handouts:
    Use this copy for teaser, plus insert blurb from 1st pdf and change into sentence: This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants understand the types of skills that future leaders need to succeed, implement a plan to identify future leaders within the company and to prepare them for internal leadership roles.
  • Use this copy for teaser, plus insert blurb from 1st pdf and change into sentence: This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants make decisions about approving and denying vacation requests, plan ahead for proper coverage during vacations, and understand the importance of using vacation time.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks.

    This session will help participants recognize online recruiting as an effective tool and help to gain an understanding of strategies to follow when using online recruiting.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants understand the importance of getting immunized against certain infectious diseases and encourage employees to make sure their immunizations are up to date.
  • HR News:
    To identify, correct, and prevent FMLA leave abuse using all of the tools at your disposal, you MUST understand the latest FMLA regulations and how to use certifications to keep your organization on the right track. Attorney Marylou Fabbo of Skoler, Abbott, & Presser, P.C has supplied some frequently asked questions—and answers—to this HR topic.
  • Ordinarily, if an employee made a sexually lewd gesture toward a coworker, you would certainly have grounds for disciplining the offending employee. However, if an employee makes an inappropriate gesture while standing in a picket line, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) comes into play.
  • Ongoing training about job descriptions is “essential, since no job remains exactly the same from year to year,” say Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, business, marketing, and corporate training experts and co-authors of The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People.
  • The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court's decision that an employer's request to drug test employees wasn't job-related or consistent with business necessity under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The 6th Circuit ordered a new trial to determine whether the drug tests constituted "medical examinations" or "disability-related inquiries" under the ADA.
  • The 8th Circuit recently held that a supervisor's negative comments about older and sicker employees being separated from employment provided sufficient evidence to allow a terminated employee to proceed to trial on her age discrimination claims.
  • Employers spend a good deal of time and money on building a candidate experience that will keep their talent pipelines well-stocked, but how much of that investment is hindered by their own technology—or lack thereof?
  • Ever hear of the “industrial athlete”? The concept is that employees, like athletes, perform better when they are properly trained and fit for duty. Proponents say that the right training leads to fewer injuries, quicker return to work, and reduced costs.
  • The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—recently issued a ruling in which it applied a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that clarified supervisor status for purposes of federal antidiscrimination law. The 5th Circuit's decision is good news for employers exposed to discrimination lawsuits based on the actions of rogue foremen who lack real supervisory authority.
  • It’s official, the OFCCP’s new scheduling letter and itemized listing for affirmative action plan compliance evaluations are in effect. The new requirements change the way in which federal contractors must respond to OFCCP’s notice of an impending review of their affirmative action plans by government officials.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed HR Tech Las Vegas, employee leave, and the HR role. Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • Whom do you consider the most essential member of your team? Is it the top-ranking executive in your company? Or maybe it is the head of the department.
  • Theft is a legitimate reason for discharging an employee. Unfortunately, termination for theft does not prevent a lawsuit from the employee. The Utah Court of Appeals recently addressed a lawsuit involving allegations of employee theft.
  • Although suspicious timing alone doesn’t prove retaliation, a termination closely following some protected activity can help show a causal connection between the two. Conversely, can a 3-year interval between protected activity and an adverse action bar an inference of retaliation? No, says a recent decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled that the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act (MWPA) does not apply to the extension of contracts. In so ruling, the court held that the MWPA does not apply in the hiring context.
  • Constructive discharge occurs when an employee is essentially forced to resign because of intolerable working conditions. Recently, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—addressed the issue.
  • Career management programs are supposed to help employees understand advancement opportunities and chart career paths with their organizations. However, research from Towers Watson reveals that employers and employees alike agree that career management programs are largely failing to meet these retention goals.
  • Technology creates many efficiencies, but it also can lead to wasted time. In fact, half of the top 10 productivity killers at work involve technology.
  • Eleven national leaders in the human resources field have been named to the SHRM Certification Commission, an advisory group for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification.
  • A Hawaii man whose employment was terminated following several angry outbursts sued his employer, claiming the outbursts occurred because of a disability. He also claimed that his employer failed to reasonably accommodate his disability by allowing him to bring a shih tzu to work as a means of helping control his emotions and anger issues. A judge recently ruled the employee may have a case.
  • On November 20, President Obama unveiled initial details of his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions – a controversial plan intended to provide temporary deportation relief and immigration reform unless and until Congress passes a more permanent, bipartisan solution.
  • The results from the 2014 Holiday Practices survey examines employer practices for providing paid holidays and paying nonexempt employees during the 2014 holiday season and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2015.
  • As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday.
  • An employer covered by a labor agreement fired a union employee and then argued the matter wasn't subject to arbitration. Read on to see what the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin—thought of that argument.
  • Your organization operates in an increasingly global environment, so it only makes sense to be up to speed on international HR and employment law requirements, especially when new laws take effect at the start of each new year. It's especially important when dealing with the European Union and its 27 member states.
  • While many of today’s younger, college-educated supervisors have a strong understanding of safety regulations and compliance, they often do not know how to impart good safety practices to new hires.
  • By Kirsten M. Eriksson
    Mental disabilities are covered by the ADA to the same extent as physical disabilities. Employers are obligated to provide a “reasonable accommodation” to an employee with a known disability if the accommodation would not impose an undue hardship on the employer. There are several components to this obligation, each of which can have its own pitfalls. This article offers some suggestions to employers on compliance.
  • The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a set of recommended practices to help staffing agencies and host employers collaborate on temporary worker protection from illness and injury.
  • Employers often face difficult choices when they believe an employee has stolen company property, including how to confront the employee and whether to take legal action. A recent decision from the 5th Circuit—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas— reinforces the importance of confirming the veracity of your suspicions about an employee's misconduct before taking action and making it public.
  • It is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to fire an employee for engaging in protected union activity. Recently, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to decide whether a South Carolina employer violated the Act by firing two employees who had been active in union-organizing efforts.
  • Thursday, November 20, is the day for the Great American Smokeout 2014. The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date as an incentive to make a plan to quit smoking.
  • According to the 2014 StressPulse survey, 64 percent of employees have high stress levels with extreme fatigue/feeling out of control.
  • The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently held that even though illegal aliens do not have the right to work, they do have the right to file workers' compensation retaliation claims. Because of the court's ruling, employers can't simply ask courts to dismiss such claims solely on the grounds that an employee is an illegal alien.
  • In an important win for employers seeking to resolve disputes with employees outside of court, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently upheld a circuit court's decision to compel a former employee to submit his wrongful termination claim to arbitration rather than pursue the claim in court.
  • Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2015. Our new map shows the states that are increasing their minimum wages, including the new rate and amount of the increase.
  • Most small business owners in Chicago feel successful and are more likely to have hired in the past 12 months compared to their peers nationally, according to a recent survey. The Hartford's survey finds Chicago owners twice as likely to view talent as a major contributor to success
  • At a time when many states continue to drag their feet on fully inclusive lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) laws and policies, the nation’s cities are stepping up in record numbers to ensure that all people are treated equally, according to a report issued today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.
  • Workforce demands by Generation X and Millennial workers to increase flexible work styles have been met with employers shifting their own policies to accommodate these changing attitudes, according to the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR).
  • Insufficient training and a lack of training are two of the reasons that HR professionals cited when asked to identify obstacles that impede effective performance management in organizations, according to a recent survey.
  • The holidays can be a fun and exciting time, but there are many pitfalls for employers in the wage and hour arena. In this article, I will address two holiday issues important for employers to understand: holiday bonuses and gift cards.
  • The Ohio Supreme Court recently held in a 4-3 opinion that public-sector supervisory employees do not fall within the definition of "employer" under Ohio Revised Code 4112 and therefore cannot be named as individual defendants under R.C. 4112.02(A), which makes it an unlawful practice for "any employer" to discriminate on a number of different grounds.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed HR Tech Las Vegas, compensation, and Bob Brady's retirement. Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • Even the most careful business owners may encounter liability and litigation related to discrimination claims. Here are some reasons why this issue is important for just about any business owner.
  • Study finds that there is a ‘motherhood pay penalty’, which increases with each child a female employee has.
  • The Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled that an "employee leasing" arrangement permitted by the Kentucky Workers' Compensation Act is not the same relationship as a "loaned servant" arrangement for purposes of determining liability for workers' compensation benefits.
  • HR Quizzes:
    Use this copy for teaser, plus insert blurb from 1st pdf and change into sentence: This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants make decisions about approving and denying vacation requests, plan ahead for proper coverage during vacations, and understand the importance of using vacation time.
  • Use this copy for teaser, plus insert blurb from 1st pdf and change into sentence: This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants understand the types of skills that future leaders need to succeed, implement a plan to identify future leaders within the company and to prepare them for internal leadership roles.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants understand the importance of getting immunized against certain infectious diseases and encourage employees to make sure their immunizations are up to date.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks.

    This session will help participants recognize online recruiting as an effective tool and help to gain an understanding of strategies to follow when using online recruiting.
  • HR Training Talks:
    Use this copy for teaser, plus insert blurb from 1st pdf and change into sentence: This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants understand the types of skills that future leaders need to succeed, implement a plan to identify future leaders within the company and to prepare them for internal leadership roles.
  • Use this copy for teaser, plus insert blurb from 1st pdf and change into sentence: This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants make decisions about approving and denying vacation requests, plan ahead for proper coverage during vacations, and understand the importance of using vacation time.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session will help participants understand the importance of getting immunized against certain infectious diseases and encourage employees to make sure their immunizations are up to date.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks.

    This session will help participants recognize online recruiting as an effective tool and help to gain an understanding of strategies to follow when using online recruiting.
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Questions & Answers
• Must have been present in the United States for at least 5 years.
• Must be the parent of a child who is either a lawful, permanent resident or a U.S. citizen.
• Must be able to pass a background check and a national security check.
• Must apply to receive healthcare benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
• Must pay all taxes owed, including any back taxes.
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