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July 2016 Archives

New Overtime Law Offers Employers Opportunities for Change

Have you heard about the new Department of Labor Law's Overtime regulations? Effective December 2016, employees earning less than $47,476 are entitled to earn overtime. Raised from the previous $23,660 annually, this ruling dramatically widens the circle of employees that should be earning time and a half after 40 hours a week. This re-evaluation of overtime procedures is now slated to be increased every 3 years; rather than resist the changes occurring, employers should put a plan into place now for when the law takes full effect later.

What Employers Should Know About Workers' Compensation

Employers know that they must purchase insurance that will provide benefits to anyone under their employment that suffers a work related injury. This law provides protection for both parties; employers don't have to worry about being sued by an employee, and employees get the benefits that they need no matter who was at fault. This is just the first step, however, in protecting yourself and your company from workplace injury and unwanted lawsuits.

Some important considerations for employers during the hiring process - II

A few weeks back, we discussed how even though business owners in every field understandably want to fill their employee roster with the best and brightest, they must always take steps to ensure compliance with federal discrimination laws, as the failure to do so can have serious consequences.

EEOC announces settlement in historic sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws, made history when it filed one of the first ever sexual orientation discrimination lawsuits back in March.

6 Questions to Ask When an Employee Requests Medical Leave: Family and Medical Leave Laws

First of all, what is the law dictating the allowance of medical and family leave? The Family and Medical Leave Act was put into place in 1993 to help balance the demands of the workplace and the family or medical needs of employees. An employee is entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a variety of reasons, but only under certain conditions. It is important for employers to remain vigilant when allowing or turning down an employee's request for leave in order to stay on the safe side of the law and keep the morale of their workplace healthy. Here are the 6 things you should verify as an employer to be sure that you are granting leave to the right people.

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