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  • Friday, July 19, 2019
    By Brendan N. Gooley
    Employers, take heed: Connecticut has increased its minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour. Because the new state wage far exceeds the federal minimum wage, employers must pay the higher state amount to employees.
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019
    By Shawne Cihak, Account Executive, HUB International
    To bundle healthcare benefits or to unbundle? That was an issue that the city of Fort Collins had not yet grappled with by 2016, though it had the flexibility, with a self-funded program, to go either way. By choosing “unbundled” for its pharmacy benefits, the city saved a bundle—more than $1 million a year in costs.
  • By Jeffrey D. Slanker, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. This article highlights some pertinent aspects of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA), explores potential vulnerabilities in computer systems, and shows how important it is that HR professionals are the front lines in the war on data breaches.
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  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    By Tammy Binford
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) web-based portal for the collection of newly required pay and hours-worked data is now live, but many employers that are supposed to file the reports may still have trouble meeting the September 30 deadline.
  • By Angelo D. Catalano, Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP
    An employee alleging employment discrimination claims must show an adverse employment action wouldn't have occurred "but for" his disability, according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. The case is good news for employers since it raises the burden of proof for litigants.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    Mark Adams & Maggie Spell
    Back in March, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., set off a firestorm in the employer community when she reinstated the so-called EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting rule. The rule was implemented by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during the final year of the Obama administration, but just before it was to take effect in 2017, it was delayed indefinitely by the Trump administration. From the early reports about the judge’s ruling, you would have thought the sky was falling.
  • By Lin Grensing-Pophal, Contributor
    It’s been in the news frequently enough that most of us are at least vaguely aware that healthcare costs have been rising over the last several years. Anyone paying for health insurance is certainly more than vaguely aware of this. While employees are seeing higher deductibles and more expensive premiums, the impact on businesses is not negligible by any means.
  • By Karen A. Henry, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    It's a fairly common story: An employer disciplines or discharges an employee, who then files a lawsuit claiming the action is retaliation for a complaint or grievance she previously made ("protected conduct"). Although the employee's lawsuit describes a litany of "retaliatory" actions supposedly taken by the employer, the facts show large gaps of time between her alleged protected conduct and the employer's supposedly "retaliatory" actions.
  • Monday, July 15, 2019

    by Tammy Binford
    U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that he is leaving his post amid controversy over his role in a lenient plea deal for multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein is likely to bring a change in tone to the agency.
    View all Overtime News.
  • By Jacob M. Monty, Monty & Ramirez LLP
    In-N-Out had hoped to reverse a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that the burger chain unfairly barred workers at an Austin, Texas location from wearing buttons supporting the “Fight for 15” campaign to increase minimum wages.
    View all Unions News.
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