Are you having a hard time keeping up with the steady flow of news and information that affects your workplace? Let ThinkHR help! We’ve curated some of the stories from business, news, human resources, benefits, and risk management publications that caught our eye this June. Just Don’t Ask Job candidates are covered by the Civil…

Q: We have employees in multiple states. What guidance can you provide on meeting state-specific regulations under one sick leave policy? A: As with other state-specific laws that differ from state to state, you may — as long as compliant in all states — offer a paid sick leave policy based on the most employee-generous…

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs). AHPs are not new, but they have not been widely available in the past and, in some cases, they have not been successful. The Final Rule is designed to make AHPs available to a greater number of…

NLRB: Guidance on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing On June 8, 2018, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel, Peter B. Robb, released a memorandum (GC 18-04) providing guidance to regional offices under the NLRB’s decision in Boeing. Per Boeing, the NLRB evaluates facially neutral handbook policies and work rules by a balancing test of impact versus…

California Hotel Workers Ergonomic Standard The Cal/OSHA Standards Board’s new standard (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 8, § 3345) for hotel housekeeping musculoskeletal injury prevention is effective July 1, 2018. This new standard, as part of the state’s mandatory Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) at Cal. Labor Code Ann. § 3203, requires each employer covered…

Working Families College Savings Act On May 29, 2018, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation (H.B. 1217) creating a temporary income tax credit for income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, but before January 1, 2022. Employers that make contributions to § 529 qualified state tuition program accounts owned by their employees…

State and County Minimum Wages Effective July 1, 2018, the minimum wage rates in Maryland increase as follows: The state minimum wage rate increases to $10.10. The Montgomery County minimum wage rate will increase to $12.00 for employers with 50 or fewer employees and $12.25 for employers with 51 or more employees. The Prince George…

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Prohibited in Employment On May 21, 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission released a resolution that interpreted the meaning of “sex” under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. In its statement, the commission resolved that “discrimination because of sex,” as used in the act, includes discrimination because of gender identity…

City of Duluth Earned Sick and Safe Time On May 29, 2018, the Duluth City Code adopted an ordinance (No. 10571) establishing minimum standards for earned sick and safe time in the City of Duluth. According to the ordinance, employers with five or more employees working in the city will be required to provide earned…

Employers May Pay Lower-Tier Minimum Wage if Health Insurance Offered According to the May 31, 2018 Nevada Supreme Court opinion in MDC Restaurants, LLC v. The Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 134 Nev. Op. 41, an employer may pay the Minimum Wage for Working Nevadans Act’s lower-tier minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) to an employee if…