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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 Guidance:
    View the 2019-2020 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.
  • HR News:
    By Rajiv Kumar, MD, Virgin Pulse
    Women have been a rapidly growing part of the U.S. workforce ever since Rosie the Riveter rolled up her sleeves, donned a scarf, and starred in a campaign to recruit female workers for World War II defense industries. Ever since, however, our business community has yet to fully recognize the unique health needs of women, even though they comprise nearly 50% of today’s workforce.
  • By Kara E. Shea, Butler Snow LLP
    I recently received similar questions from two different clients who provide a generous amount of paid time off (PTO) that employees may use for any purpose.

  • On January 12, 2020, the federal Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of a final rule clarifying issues surrounding joint employment, which is of particular interest to employers that use staffing agencies, have franchise relationships, and use subcontractors. The effective date of the new rule is March 16, 2020.
  • By Paul M. Hamburger
    It is important to conduct periodic compliance reviews under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). These reviews could be anything from an informal check of COBRA procedures (a “kick the tires” review) to a more formal compliance review where someone who is knowledgeable about COBRA compliance looks at all aspects of COBRA administration (a “look under the hood” review).
  • If we have independent contractors who handle protected health information (PHI), can we require them to take our annual training on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a condition of working for us without jeopardizing their independent contractor status?
  • By Gwen Cofield, Contributing Editor
    Although an employer or plan administrator is not required to ensure actual receipt of a COBRA notice under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), a good-faith effort to provide the notice must be made.
  • By Mark M. Schorr, Erickson | Sederstrom, P.C.
    The start of a new year is an excellent time for HR pros to focus on key resolutions to improve personnel management and performance. Although none of us typically follows through on every New Year’s resolution we make, the following checklist of goals and actions could pay great dividends in 2020 and save costly resources down the road by avoiding unnecessary employment claims and litigation. Let’s get right to the checklist.
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