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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.
By Judith Droz Keyes, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Whistleblowing has been front-page news in recent weeks. As an impeachment investigation roils the nation, we've heard debate about the handling of confidential complaints, speculation about the whistleblower's identity, and discussions of the validity of the claims. What we haven't heard, at least not yet, is a report from the whistleblower that he's been retaliated against for blowing the whistle. If the system operates as it's supposed to, that will never happen.
When winter weather hits your area and impacts the workplace do you know when you are required to pay your employees? If your office or facility needs to close due to bad weather, what are the rules for paying employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? How are the rules different for exempt vs. nonexempt employees?
By Steve Jones, Attorney, Jack Nelson Jones, P.A.
The minimum wage in Arkansas will go to $10 per hour beginning January 1, 2020, up from the $9.25-an-hour rate that’s been in place since January 1, 2019.
By Steve Jones
Workers' compensation claims can extend for years after they seem to have expired because of inactivity, and there may be little an employer can do to control the situation. The following decision from the Arkansas Court of Appeals is a case in point.
By Tracey B. Eberling, Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
When it comes to scents in the office, freshly brewed coffee can be a welcome aroma that signals the start of a new workday. However, fragrances and scents don't bring joy to every employee, and HR may have to perform a delicate balancing act when addressing the significant challenge of achieving harmony over what the workplace smells (or doesn't smell) like.
By Shannon S. Pierce and Eric Duhon, of Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Nevada has a new law taking effect January 1, 2020, prohibiting employers from refusing to hire applicants who test positive for marijuana during preemployment drug screenings.
By Daniel Stockford, Attorney, Brann & Isaacson
Changes to Maine’s workers’ compensation law are set to take effect with the beginning of the new year.
Once again this year, employers and insurers were given an extra month to comply with the upcoming Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements to furnish 1095-B and -C reports to individuals.
Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2020.
What are your employees getting from your health benefits? If they are anything like the respondents in a recent study about employee health benefits, they are almost certainly not making the most of them.
By Stephanie Holstein
Washington’s new law significantly restricting employers’ use of noncompetition agreements takes effect January 1, 2020. In addition to limiting the use of noncompetes, the law provides for generous damages when an individual successfully claims a noncompete is unenforceable.
By David M. Stevens
It's becoming increasingly common in the modern economy for employees to work at home. Such arrangements often don't fit squarely with traditional rules governing an employer's obligations. In a recent decision, Maryland's Court of Special Appeals decided for the first time whether an employee's home qualified as a worksite for purposes of the state's workers' compensation law.
By Allison B. Williams
Looking for the perfect gift for your employees? Consider giving the gift of feedback. An overwhelming amount of information has been published on the benefits of feedback in the workplace in recent years. Studies consistently show employees crave more, real-time feedback and have become dissatisfied with the traditional annual review process.
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