OSHA Softens Approach to Safety Incentive Programs and Post-incident Drug Testing

The Workplace Safety Practice Group at leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, explains OSHA’s recent clarification on its position on safety incentive policies and post-incident drug testing. In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration amended 29 CFR §1904.35 to prohibit employers... Read more ›

Flu Season
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Ask the Experts: Mandatory Flu Shots

Question: Can we require our employees to get flu shots? Answer: While there is no law that prohibits employers from mandating flu shots — and in some states, the law requires all healthcare workers to get flu shots — you should carefully determine if the benefits to your business outweigh the risks. There has been... Read more ›

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Easy-to-Use Tax Withholding Calculator

Employers, have you reminded your employees to check that they are having the right amount of tax withheld from their paychecks? It’s a good idea for everyone to check their payroll withholding every year, but it is particularly important this year due to the big changes Congress made to the federal tax rules for 2018.... Read more ›

ERISA notices
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Ask the Experts: Distributing ERISA Notices Electronically

Question: Our company is getting ready for open enrollment. Can we distribute ERISA notices electronically instead of printing and delivering hard copies? Answer: Yes, electronic delivery complies with ERISA’s disclosure rules – but certain conditions must be met. First, whether delivered in hard copy or electronic media, ERISA requires preparing and furnishing materials “in a... Read more ›

Federal Employment Law Update
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Federal Employment Law Update – October 2018

DOL Delays Overtime Rule Until March 2019 In fall 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2019 to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees. The WHD stated that it is... Read more ›

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California Employment Law Update – October 2018

City of Belmont Minimum Wage Increase Beginning January 1, 2019, according to the City of Belmont Minimum Wage Ordinance, employers who are subject to the Belmont Business License Tax or who maintain a facility in Belmont must pay to each employee who performs at least two hours of work per week in Belmont a minimum... Read more ›