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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.
New Documents
  • HR Checklists:
    This sample HR Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) checklist, “Family and Medical Leave Checklist,” can be used to ensure your leave policy is comprehensive and compliant. Download this FMLA sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
  • HR Handouts:
    This training session should help participants Understand the basic requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), identify eligible employees and situations that qualify workers for leave and develop an FMLA policy and procedures that comply with the law. Use this FMLA Refresher for Managers handout to train your workers on leave of absence (FMLA).
  • This training session should help participants understand the overtime requirements of federal law, know which employees are entitled to overtime and which are not and be able to calculate and administer overtime pay correctly. Use this Federal Overtime Requirements handout to train your workers on overtime.
  • This session should help the participant recognize the value of delivering ongoing feedback to employees and understand how to give effective feedback. Use this Tips for Giving Feedback handout to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • This session should help the participant recognize various types of difficult employees he or she might encounter and learn to manage difficult employees more effectively. Use this Tips for Managing Difficult People handout to train your workers on management techniques.
  • HR News:
    By Bridget Miller, Contributor
    PCORI stands for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This institute came about as part of legislative healthcare reform: the Affordable Care Act (ACA). PCORI fees that were part of this legislation are intended to fund the institute for a set time frame.
  • By Michelle Lee Flores, Akerman LLP
    An employee's claims of sexual harassment and assault can often create an emotional litigation environment. Coworkers and supervisors become entangled in the case as witnesses, or victims, or alleged attackers, and relationships and alliances become confusing. Whose side is the employer on, and which employees speak for the employer?
  • By Tammy Binford, Contributor
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new proposed rule affecting federal contractors aims to broaden protections for religious organizations that do business with the federal government, leading some to worry about its possible effects.
  • By Edward Choi
    Oregon appellate courts recently issued two opinions clarifying the scope of workers' compensation in Oregon. The rulings clarified whether job applicants may qualify for workers' comp benefits and whether the "exclusive remedy" defense extends to an officer or director who personally owns the property where the workplace injury occurred.
  • By Tammy Binford, Contributing Editor
    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) August 14 decision on employers’ use of mandatory arbitration agreements provides clarity and helps companies conduct business “without having to walk on eggshells,” according to the lead attorney arguing the employer’s case before the Board.
  • By Janine Tate Webb
    A job applicant couldn't make her case that an Olive Garden restaurant fired or failed to hire her because of her skin color, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky recently concluded.
  • By Ahnaf Bashir, Vice President of Human Resources, Advance Financial 
    Although Millennials are most often cited for being slammed with crippling debt, actually, one in five adult Americans carry student loan debt, according to NBC News. This means your company’s newly graduated intern or your vice president could be one of those people.
  • By Brad Williams
    Colorado has joined the ranks of states with legislation designed to help people with criminal records have a chance to secure employment.
  • By Richard Lehr
    A new law going into effect on September 1 in Alabama addresses discrimination in pay based on race or sex as well as questions about pay history.
  • By Andy Rodman, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
    While I've never conducted a formal poll, I strongly suspect that when it comes to job references for former employees, a great majority of Florida employers maintain a "no comment" or neutral reference policy, essentially disclosing no more than dates of employment, job held, and possibly final pay rate.
  • By Andrew J. Adams
    Massachusetts employers with nonexempt employees who are paid entirely in commissions or receive advances toward their commissions, called draws, must be careful about paying overtime, according to a new case.
  • By Vanessa Lystad
    A new law in North Dakota slightly expands exceptions allowed under state law related to contractual noncompete provisions.
  • By Jane Meacham, Contributor
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule making it easier for small businesses to offer retirement benefits jointly through Association Retirement Plans (ARPs).
  • By Tammy Binford, Contributor
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced a proposal to amend its rules by making employer-friendly changes that continue the Board’s efforts to reverse union gains made during the Obama administration.
  • The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed overtime rule is being sent to the White House this week–as early as today–for final approval, according to a report by Bloomberg Law.
  • By Tammy Binford, Contributor
    A ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—has handed the state of Texas a win in its fight against Obama-era guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) related to the use of criminal record checks in hiring.
  • By Bridget Miller, Contributor
    Employers looking to differentiate their benefit offerings are often searching for the latest trends in benefits for employees. One such trend is to offer telemedicine as a component of an overall healthcare benefit package.
  • By Martin J. Regimbal
    Earlier this spring, Republican Janet Dhillon was officially sworn in as the 16th chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination and harassment. Dhillon had been nominated by President Donald Trump in 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 50-43 on May 8. Her term as chairwoman will expire on July 1, 2022.
  • By Mark M. Schorr
    A new law going into effect at the end of this month prohibits Nebraska employers from requiring employees not to disclose their wages as a condition of further employment.
  • By Jane Meacham, Contributor
    Much has been written about the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new investment industry standard of conduct, known as Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) since its release on June 5. The conflict-of-interest regulations primarily affect broker-dealers, who will be subject to four obligations for retail client account recommendations as of June 30, 2020.
  • HR Quizzes:
    This training session should help participants Understand the basic requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), identify eligible employees and situations that qualify workers for leave and develop an FMLA policy and procedures that comply with the law. Use this FMLA Refresher for Managers quiz to train your workers on leave of absence (FMLA).
  • This training session should help participants understand the overtime requirements of federal law, know which employees are entitled to overtime and which are not and be able to calculate and administer overtime pay correctly. Use this Federal Overtime Requirements quiz to train your workers on overtime.
  • This session should help the participant recognize various types of difficult employees he or she might encounter and learn to manage difficult employees more effectively. Use this Tips for Managing Difficult People quiz to test your workers' knowledge.
  • This session should help the participant recognize the value of delivering ongoing feedback to employees and understand how to give effective feedback. Use this Tips for Giving Feedback quiz to test your workers' knowledge of performance appraisals.
  • HR Training Talks:
    This session should help the participant recognize various types of difficult employees he or she might encounter and learn to manage difficult employees more effectively. Use this Tips for Managing Difficult People training talk to train your workers on management techniques.
  • This session should help the participant recognize the value of delivering ongoing feedback to employees and understand how to give effective feedback. Use this Tips for Giving Feedback training talk to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • This training session should help participants understand the overtime requirements of federal law, know which employees are entitled to overtime and which are not and be able to calculate and administer overtime pay correctly. Use this Federal Overtime Requirements training talk to train your workers on overtime.
  • This training session should help participants Understand the basic requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), identify eligible employees and situations that qualify workers for leave and develop an FMLA policy and procedures that comply with the law. Use this FMLA Refresher for Managers training talk to train your workers on leave of absence (FMLA).

Updated Documents
  • HR Handouts:
    There is a direct correlation between a clean, neat, and orderly workplace and a safe, successful organization. Poor housekeeping, on the other hand, creates hazards and invites accidents. Use this Good Housekeeping handout to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    Unions can have a big impact on a company, so it’s important that those in Human Resources as well as supervisors and managers understand employer rights and restrictions under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This course will explain the laws and regulations surrounding unions and what you need to know to protect your organization and the rights of your workers.
  • Although the risk of workplace violence may be small, any workplace might be vulnerable. Therefore, your employees should understand why workplace violence occurs, who may be involved, how violent situations can arise, and what to do to reduce the risk that they will be victims of workplace violence. Use this PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • Most workplace fires start as small fires that could be safely and quickly extinguished. Immediate response is required by trained employees in order to control the fire and prevent it from becoming a large, out-of-control fire. Use this Fire Extinguishers PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on accidents.
  • There is a direct correlation between a clean, neat, and orderly workplace and a safe, successful organization. Poor housekeeping, on the other hand, creates hazards and invites accidents. Use this Good Housekeeping PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • The goal of this session is to help employees deal effectively and safely with threats and incidents of workplace violence. Use this PowerPoint presentation to train your healthcare workers.
  • HR Quizzes:
    There is a direct correlation between a clean, neat, and orderly workplace and a safe, successful organization. Poor housekeeping, on the other hand, creates hazards and invites accidents. Use this Good Housekeeping quiz to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    There is a direct correlation between a clean, neat, and orderly workplace and a safe, successful organization. Poor housekeeping, on the other hand, creates hazards and invites accidents. Use these Good Housekeeping speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Regulatory Analysis:
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