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3009, 2019

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

September 30th, 2019|

PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). "For the first time in over 15 years, America's workers will have an update to overtime regulations that will put overtime pay into the pockets of more than a million working Americans," Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella said. "This rule brings a commonsense approach that offers consistency and certainty for employers as well as clarity and prosperity [...]

1308, 2019

DOL: Workers Can Use FMLA To Attend Children’s Special Education Meetings

August 13th, 2019|

By Katie Clarey An employee may use Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to attend a Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting regarding the educational status of the employee's child, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) said in an opinion letter released Thursday. The individual who wrote WHD has two children with FMLA-qualifying serious health conditions, WHD said. The individual's wife has certification from her employer enabling her to use intermittent leave to care for the children and, specifically, to take them to medical appointments. [...]

1308, 2019

US Companies to Hold Steady on Wage Increases in Favor of Bonuses

August 13th, 2019|

By Valerie Bolden-Barrett Money might still be the top motivator for most workers, but based on new reports from Willis Towers Watson (WTW) and global insurance broker Gallagher, companies plan to keep wage increases at or below the current 3% average by offering personalized benefits, bonuses and other variable compensation. According to Gallagher's 2019/2020 Salary Planning Survey, companies of all sizes and industries are looking for ways to attract and retain workers who aren't motivated by the highest salaries when job hunting. And WTW's 2019 General Industry Salary Budget Survey [...]

808, 2019

Trucking Company’s ‘Inflexible Leave Policy’ Application Violated Disability Discrimination Laws, EEOC Says

August 8th, 2019|

By Lisa Burden Dive Brief One of the largest tank truck carriers in the United States violated federal law when it "applied its inflexible leave policy" to fire two employees with disabilities who had exhausted their medical leave, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit. The EEOC says one of the company's employees, a Florida-based mechanic, needed additional leave beyond the 12 weeks allowed under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to take care of a staph infection that required surgery. Another employee, a Houston-based truck [...]

705, 2019

Very Interesting! EEOC Releases Official FY2018 Charge Stats

May 7th, 2019|

Most charges were down, but sex harassment, LGBT charges were up. On Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released its charge-filing statistics for fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. According to Law360, EEOC charges in FY 2018 were at their lowest level since 2006. Yes, 2006. When George W. Bush was President of the United States. Before the Americans with Disabilities Act was amended. Long before #MeToo. The year that my 31-year-old graduated from high school. *sniffle* All of which is wonderful news for employers, but the [...]

705, 2019

Can Employers Require Measles Vaccines?

May 7th, 2019|

The recent measles outbreak, resulting in mandatory vaccinations in parts of New York City, raises the question of whether employers can require that workers get the vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or prove immunity from the illness. The answer generally is no, but there are exceptions. Offices and manufacturers probably can't require vaccination or proof of immunity because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally prohibits medical examinations—unless the employer is in a location like Williamsburg, the neighborhood in Brooklyn where vaccinations are now mandatory. Health [...]