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HR Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regulations. See the updated section on the What's New page, below, to find all of the updated topics.
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  • HR Audio Presentations:
    As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use this Diversity Fundamentals for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on diversity.
  • FLSA rules regulate the exempt and nonexempt status of employees by defining “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. It is critical that supervisors and HR professionals understand the new FLSA regulations so they can properly classify their employees and compensate them in accordance with the law, reducing the potential for costly litigation. Use this FLSA—What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • HR News:

    Since August 31, 2019—the date that the previous Form I-9 expired—employers have been expressing their concerns and asking us whether they should continue to use the expired form for employment eligibility verification.
  • Stephen Sokoler, Founder and CEO of Journey Meditation
    It’s no secret that the modern workforce is plagued by high levels of employee stress and burnout. According to the American Institute of Stress, an alarming 94% of the American workforce experienced workplace stress in 2019.
  • As Valentine's Day nears, love is in the air—and oftentimes in the workplace. Although workplace romance is common, it can make HR professionals fret about all the what-ifs. The problems are daunting, but HR isn't powerless in overcoming at least some of the downsides.
  • By Bridget Miller, Contributing Editor
    As the name implies, portable benefits are benefits that can be tied to the person, not the job, and thus can be carried into a new job.
  • Salary history bans continue to gain in popularity across the United States. Over 10 states and half a dozen cities have enacted laws that prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicants’ prior or current compensation. This map highlights which states and cities have such laws in place and provides more detail about who is impacted.
  • By Lauren E.M. Russell, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
    Recently, we received this question: “One of our employees has been arrested but not convicted. It doesn’t appear he’s going to be released in the near future. Is it better to put him in an unpaid ‘leave’ status or fire him?” Little engenders more worries for an employer than an employee who has been arrested.
  • As Congress and the courts have chipped away at the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and federal support for the ACA exchanges has waned, some states have begun stepping in to fill perceived gaps in the statutory scheme.
  • What does the Coronavirus mean for HR? HR is often the department that sets sick leave policies and might be responsible for the safety side of the organization as well. Additionally, with HIPPA and various discrimination laws, navigating the legal side of the employment issue can be tricky. In this HR Works podcast, we have two experts with us to help understand the best practices for preventing the spread of the disease (and other diseases) at work and understand the legal complexities at play.
  • The funded status of the nation’s largest corporate pension plans edged up slightly in 2019 as historically low interest rate levels mostly offset the strongest investments gains witnessed by plan sponsors since 2003, according to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson. The analysis also found employer contributions to pension plans plunged in 2019.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its inflation-adjusted standard mileage allowances for 2020, as well as maximum vehicle value thresholds to be used in calculating fixed and variable rate (FAVR) allowances.
  • By Tammy Binford, Contributing Editor
    News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who may have been exposed.
  • HR Policies:
    This sample HR Safety and Health policy, “Emergencies,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing workplace emergencies. Download this Safety and Health sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • This sample HR Safety and Health policy, “Cell Phone Safety,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing workplace emergencies. Download this Safety and Health sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • This sample HR Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) policy, “Access to HIPAA-Protected Health Information,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing benefits & leave issues in the workplace. Download this Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • This sample HR Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) policy, “HIPAA Health Information Privacy,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing benefits & leave issues in the workplace. Download this Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • This sample HR Civil Rights policy, “Discrimination and Retaliation,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. Download this Discrimination sample policy to your computer or print it out.
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