December 17th, 2019 by Squire Patton Boggs
Squire Patton Boggs, the author of our Wages and Hours – An Employer's Guide, updated their minimum wage chart for pretty much everywhere and anywhere. The chart, along with lots of other good stuff, has been updated on hrsimple.com and will be updated in the next edition (Edition 11) of the book, which you can order along with all kinds of other good HR info.
You can also download the chart by clicking on the nice robin's egg blue (or baby blue or maybe Carolina blue) "Download PDF" button above.
November 26th, 2019 by Jean Ohman Back and Tom Payne at Schwabe
Don't care what you call it - lunch, meal, snack, dinner - you have to require your Oregon employees to take a meal period. Not only do you have to provide the opportunity, you have to require they take an uninterupted 30-minute meal period. And you, as the emplooyer, have to be able to prove that the employee took their meal period.
The Oregon Court of Appeals found that employers "are in a unique position to enforce mandatory meal periods necessary for the perservation of the health of employees." No word yet on night-time curfews, bed checks or mandatory story-and-a-tuck-in.
Jean Ohman Back and Tom Payne provide more.
January 16th, 2020 by Jill S. Kirila, Shennan Harris
Squire Patton Boggs
Employers covered Virtually anyone who employs anyone else is usually a covered employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) broadly defines “employer” as anyone directly or indirectly acting in the inte...
September 30th, 2019 by hrsimple
Direct from the horses's mouth at email@example.com, 10 FAQs about the new law that prohibits employers from asking for wage history.
September 25th, 2019 by Peter Gillespie at Laner Muchin
Overtime over time DOL overtime.
Translation: The changes made to additional compensation for working more than 40 hours in a workweek happened gradually as the Department of Labor took some extra "playing time".
Thanks to Peter Gillespie for the translation and then working overtime to identify what is changing, what isn't and what you need to do.
January 16th, 2020 by Jill S. Kirila, Shennan Harris
Squire Patton Boggs
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was enacted in 1938 as a means of economic recovery from the Great Depression. According to Department of Labor (DOL) statistics, more than 135 million workers are affected by the FLSA’s provisions.
September 23rd, 2019 by Jill O'Brien at Laner Muchin
Yes, there is a ban on asking about salary history in Illinois.
No, it isn't onerous (or leave a messy white residue).
Yes it is a fresh ban and goes in effect on Sunday, September 29, so get on the stick.
Jill O'Brien clears the air with 15 questions (and answers, you want them both).
September 13th, 2019 by Hannah Sorcic and Adam Weiner at ReedSmith
If you hire artificially, can you pay in Sweet N' Low?
Can you ask about an applicant's salary history? Is sexual harassment prevention triaining mandatory? Every year? Are non-employees protected from harassment by the law? Another mandatory annual reporting requirement every year?
Hannah Sorcic and Adam Weiner answer these questions (well, maybe not about paying in Sweet N' Low) and more.
September 13th, 2019 by Alaina Riley at Focus OneSource
A PEO is a back-office balm if you have 5-99 employees and want to offer Fortune 500 benefits, save time and off-load back-office administrative tasks.
PEO can be in your toothpaste too.
Alaina Riley at Focus OneSource, an Iowa ABI member, explains the PEO that eliminates back-office admin tasks.
SNL kind of explains that something can be two things, like a floor wax AND a dessert topping,
August 28th, 2019 by Kathy Speaker MacNett at SkarlatosZonarich
The proof is not only in the pudding, it's in the regulations and administrative agency interpretations.
So when the employment laws change, be sure you don't stop there because there may be an Oreo cookie hidden somewhere in the pudding (leftovers from an Oreo pie recipe).
August 28th, 2019 by Jennifer Queliz at Cozen O'Connor
Not content to simply stop at 10 new employment laws and regulations, the state that gives us:
pushes over the double-digit threshhold ala Spinal Tap and their magic amps with 11 new employment laws and regulations that have passed of gone into effect this year.
August 20th, 2019 by Jill S. Kirila, Shennan Harris
The following list of questions will provide a snapshot for you to use in determining whether or not you are complying with the wage and hour laws and regulations. You should know the answer to every one of these questions. Although a “No” answer does not necessarily mean you are in violation of any laws or regulations, you should understand why the answer is “No.” The chapter reference is for the book Wages and Hours – An Employer's Guide, which can be ordered here, and provided for quick reference.
August 19th, 2019 by hrsimple
In a surprise announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor introduced Linda Richman and Liz Rosenberg (pictured) as hosts of the Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Online Dialogue during the week of August 19 through August 23, as well as a Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 20, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern.
Kate Torgerson, founder and CEO of Milk Stork fully supports the dialogue: "People talking, people understanding, people realizing working and breastfeeding can co-exist – win-win-win."
Discuss, talk amongst yourselves, coffee talk.
August 15th, 2019 by David Moore and Peter Gillespie at Laner Muchin
Look, I am not one to argue with attorneys because you never know when you might need one, so you decide for yourself the correct roaring-wall-of-water metaphor.
Regardless, any Illinois employer that either has or deals with:
would be well advised (attorney-speak for "just do it") to read what David Moore and Peter Gillespie have to say and then execute said prescribed actions elucidated (attorney-speak for "just do it") (attorneys have a rather extensive alternative vocabulary).
August 14th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy
To be clear (for those of you who don't look at the pictures in my posts, which frankly is a little hurtful), I am not referring to SUE the T. Rex (and yes that is the correct spelling, just ask The Field Museum).
I am referring to getting a piece of certified mail that may make you wish you were battling SUE and not being sued.
We turn again to Robin Shea for five of ten ways employers get themselves sued, as she weaves together medicine, Stranger Things, needles, nachos, the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and hygiene,
July 30th, 2019 by Antonio Caldarone at Laner Muchin
To be fair, this article has nothing to do with Mike Post (my age is showing) or Walter Payton (hint - I saw Walter not score a Super Bowl XX touchdown). It is all about the new Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance that just passed the Chicago City Council and the “myriad of requirements and penalties for non-compliance”, a direct quote from the attorney at Laner Muchin, author of the Illinois Human Resources Manual, Antonio Caldarone, who unravels the enigma (not the Super Bowl enigma - GOOD LORD WHAT WAS DITKA THINKING!)
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 7th, 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.
June 5th, 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.
February 6th, 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 23rd, 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!
April 25th, 2019 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.
December 17th, 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 22nd, 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 9th, 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.
May 2nd, 2019 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:
February 4th, 2019 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 27th, 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.
March 12th, 2019 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:
June 12th, 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 . . .
May 20th, 2019 by Jill S. Kirila, Meghan E. Hill and Shennan Harris at Squire Patton Boggs
October 24th, 2018 by hrsimple
October 24th, 2018 by hrsimple
Year-end or holiday incentives – you need to know the rules: … First rule: make the winner penguin-happy.
June 12th, 2018 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.)