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Your I-9 Forms Just Expired- But Here's Why That's Okay

September 16, 2019 By Emma Smith - Leave a comment

If you haven’t noticed the expiration date on your latest I-9 forms, you’ve probably spared yourself some panic. The current version, as issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was marked to expire on August 31, 2019. And now that it...

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Filed Under: Compliance, Human Capital Management, HR News

Rethinking Workplace Vaping Policies in Light of the CDC Warning

September 13, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Americans to refrain from using e-cigarettes while it investigates the link between vaping and lung disease—a move triggered by six deaths and hundreds of sickened vapers....

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Filed Under: HR News, Workforce Management

How to Comply with Salary History Bans—Here, There, and Everywhere

September 06, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

Tracking salary history bans is like playing a game of Whac-a-Mole. As soon as you master the law in one jurisdiction, another one pops up. To date, 18 states and 19 counties and cities have passed these laws, which prohibit employers from...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News, Payroll & Tax

New House Bill Requires OSHA to Create Workforce Heat Illness Protections

August 23, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

Does your company have a heat illness prevention program in place? Someday soon, you may be required to in order to maintain OSHA compliance. Last month, U.S. Representatives Judy Chu of California and Raul Grijalva of Arizona introduced a new...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News, OSHA

ACA Compliance News: 2020 Affordability Threshold Lowered, More 226-J Penalty Letters Unleashed

August 16, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back in the news. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service released the employee affordability threshold percentage for 2020 via Revenue Provision 2019-29, and the new number benefits employees over employers....

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Filed Under: Compliance, Human Capital Management, HR News, Affordable Care Act

Preparing for I-9 Audits and ICE Raids under the Trump Administration

August 09, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If your hourly workforce includes immigrant workers, have you tightened your relevant HR processes lately? Many businesses have, as the Trump Administration’s focused approach to immigration enforcement creates new pressures for employers and...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News

Are You Ready for Fair Workweek Laws, Building Service Contractors?

July 25, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If you think fair workweek laws only apply to restaurants and retailers, think again. On July 24, 2019, Chicago’s City Council unanimously passed a sweeping fair workweek law that covers building services, manufacturing, and healthcare, as well...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News, BSCs

The Latest DOL Overtime Rules: Ready or Not, Here They Come?

May 30, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

What a long strange trip it’s been. When it comes to the Department of Labor’s whiplash-inducing stance on overtime (OT) rules, perhaps the Grateful Dead said it best.

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Filed Under: HR News, Time Tracking, Workforce Management

4 Recent Court Cases That May Reshape HR Policies

May 16, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If it seems like you’re reading about one employment law court case after another, it’s because you are. For one thing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed 199 workplace discrimination lawsuits last year, nearly a 10%...

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ACA Ruled Unconstitutional—What Does That Mean for Employers?

December 19, 2018 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was ruled unconstitutional. Few of us saw it coming, including employers and HR professionals.

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Filed Under: Compliance, Human Capital Management, HR News, Employee Benefits, Affordable Care Act