July 8th, 2019 by Ashley Thronson at Fredrikson & Byron
You gotta make changes because changes have been made to various disclosure, recordkeeping, commission and/or sick leave requirements. And Bruce Boudreau, like you, wants to know what they are.
Lucky for you and Bruce that Ashley Thronson has laid out your need-to-know in 800 words (or thereabouts). And for those of you who are PBS fans, she does it without an Australian accent, dontcha know.
June 25th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy
Somebody shows up at the office in essentially shamrock underwear.
Finances dictate you terminate someone so you tell them you will pay them their accrued vacation pay if they will release all claims.
Your mail room clerk says the office manager asked her to man the grill at the office picnic - who's grilling who?
The office softball team and workers' comp – 'nuff said.
Robin Shea says more about all of this.
June 6th, 2019 by Melissa Shimizu and Jeffrey Smith at Fisher Phillips
The WABAC Machine revisits the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
In light of the iTunes shutdown, we wondered how that might affect your employees and the drawer full of gift cards - iTunes, Chipotle, Target, Starbucks, Subway (come on, you're better than that), Ulta - that you have been giving out for holidays, incentives, employee achievement awards, and winning the St. Pats Day karaoke tournament.
So we got into our WABAC machine - the cartoon version, not the internet archive - and went down the wormhole of the 2017 Tax Reform, which affected not only gift cards but health care, retirement plans, employee compensation, and other fringe benefits.
April 17th, 2019 by Michael J. Lorden at Polsinelli
. . . they truly volunteer.
[vol-uh n-teer]: a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
Michael Lorden breaks down what that means, helps decipher the U.S. Department of Labor's Opinion Letter and provides two voluntary guidelines.
January 17th, 2019 by Darin Williams at Laner Muchin
If you pay tipped employees, you are familiar with the 80/20 rule.
Lucky for you, that familiarity is no longer necessary because the DOL has reissued a 2009 opinion letter that essentially abandons the 80/20 tip credit rule.
Darin Williams clarifies the abandoning.
January 16th, 2019 by Jenny Goltz at Cozen O'Connor
Common Pitfalls for Emerging Companies Founders of emerging companies are often first-time employers and find themselves having to wade through the dense patchwork of state and federal labor and employment laws. This can be a confusing undertaking that often requires legal counsel. However, there are a few very common employment law pitfalls that all emerging com...
December 24th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy
One of our favorites, Robin Shea, invites you into her Christmas HR world with a Christmas-themed quiz featuring:
And to all a good night!
December 17th, 2018 by Shenna Harris, Jill Kirila and Meghan Hill at Squire Patton Boggs
Squire Patton Boggs, the author of our Wages and Hours – An Employer's Guide, put together a minimum wage chart for pretty much everywhere and anywhere. The chart, along with lots of other good stuff, can be found in the book, which in turn can be found in this drop-down menu, which in turn can be used to order the book.
November 19th, 2018 by hrsimple
Holiday stew – we all have our own recipe, but the base is almost always the same: booze, mistletoe and a generous pinch of unapproved time off. And be sure you don't have enough time to prepare or clean up.
Join Gary Wheeler and Lori Mans for an hour as they provide the ingredients and know-how to help you salvage your holiday stew, including 1/2 half dry cup Secret Santa, 2 - 3 jiggers holiday party(s) - adjust accordingly, 1 medium ugly sweater, 14 oz box decorations (workplace or workspace, depending on your preference), enough year-end bonus calculation to make your eyes water
My holiday stew was oyster stew that my Mom made for Christmas Eve. Never did learn why.
November 2nd, 2018 by Maria Greco Danaher and Hera S. Arsen, Ph.D. at Ogletree Deakins
Daylight savings time is no excuse for not paying overtime.
Daylight savings time is also:
October 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Ready at HK Finanical Services
Combining your 401(k) plan administration with your payroll provider might sound like putting all of your eggs into one basket, but there are some true benefits to administrators for integrating support for these two functions. Anyone who works with 401(k) plans knows there are strict compliance requirements to managing a plan. Not only are there reporting requirements, but the timing of everything that makes a 401(k) plan run smoothly, is also critically important.
October 2nd, 2018 by John Monroe and Kristina Griffin at FordHarrison
As you can tell by the “seasonal” aisle of your local drug store, holiday season has begun! The seemingly endless stretch of celebrations from October to January brings with it a whole cornucopia of HR issues – including the use of seasonal workers.
Only 90 days until we flip the calendar. You're welcome.
October 1st, 2018 by Jill Kirila and Shennan Harris at Squire Patton Boggs
Opinions are like noses - everyone has one and occasionally we blow it.
Except when you are the DOL you just issue another opinion letter. The nose thing? That takes a rhinoplastologist. But it doesn't take near as long to correct.
Disclaimer – this is neither an endorsement or solicitation for any ENT or opthamologic work.
September 21st, 2018 by hrsimple
So say an employee, let's call him, for purposes of this exercise, Scott Edward Nall, walks into your office to let you know he has changed his name to Optimus Prime. Do you:
July 30th, 2018 by Caroline Pham and Collin Cook at Fisher Phillips
Correct. And for those unfamiliar with Slack the business application, it is a cloud-based “team collaboration tool.” In simple terms, it is Facebook Chat / Google Hangouts for the business world: an instant messaging application that allows users to send messages and share files through online conversations.
It is also one more technological "upgrade" that creates new opportunities for harassment, wage/hour issues and privacy concerns.
Caroline Pham and Collin Cook provide what to look for and best practices to help you avoid the foot shooting thing.
July 26th, 2018 by hrsimple
July 1 saw a number of states and localities raise the minimum wage, so our author Ogletree Deakins put together a chart for those of you who don't want to pass and go bust.
FYI – poker will be eligible for review for becoming an official Olympic sport along with pole-dancing, dodgeball, foosball (table soccer), arm wrestling, foot golf and kettlebell lifting.
July 10th, 2018 by Carol Barnett at Polsinelli
Texas two-step, three-step waltz, tango four-step, five-step cha-cha-cha!
All require coordination, dedication, teamwork, discipline.
As does the six-step DOL audit polka, which Carol Barnett from Polsinelli expands upon:
February 13th, 2018 by Jill S. Kirila, Meghan E Hill and Shennan Harris at Squire Patton Boggs
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), “wages” paid to an employee are defined to include money, but may also include “facilities” such as the reasonable cost or fair value of board, lodging, or other facilities similar to board and lodging which are customarily furnished by the employer for the employee’s benefit.
Examples of other facilities are:
The FLSA permits employers to pay wages . . .
February 8th, 2018 by Jill S. Kirila, Meghan E. Hill and Shennan Harris at Squire Patton Boggs
December 30th, 2017 by hrsimple
December 29th, 2017 by hrsimple
Year-end or holiday incentives – you need to know the rules: … First rule: make the winner penguin-happy.
December 29th, 2017 by hrsimple
Have your employees been going the extra mile lately? What if they’re clocking in the equivalent of a marathon in hours? If you’re looking over your timesheets and notice that your star employee racked up a whopping 55 hours last week, it’s time to get familiar with the legal requirements of overtime pay. You’re going to need to calculate overtime whether or not the hours your employee worked were authorized by management.
(Note: information in this article is applicable to hourly, non-exempt employees. For a more in-depth analysis of overtime pay, including regular rate of pay and exempt employees, check out the newly updated Wages and Hours – An Employer’s Guide.)