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John Wilcox

The Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter confirming activities for which tipped workers need not be paid extra.

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While a divided Congress should reduce the chances for big legislative action, it’s sure to mean one important thing for HR: more regulatory activity.

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Your managers probably know it’s unlawful to discriminate in hiring and firing based on a person’s age or disability. But what about repeated teasing based on those same characteristics?

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Are we about to add another category to the list of characteristics on which bias claims may be based? A recent study points to a disturbing trend.

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The FMLA specifically grants time off to deal with medical issues. However, some disabled employees may be entitled to leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation.

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The DOL claims AHPs will give small businesses some of the clout large employers enjoy when negotiating health benefits and rates.

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FEMA Administrator Brock Long has promised to change the agency’s culture after a controversy involving sexual harassment.

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A jury just awarded a record-setting sum to a California woman who, after 36 years on the job, was replaced by a much younger man.

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As you evaluate your health insurance options for the upcoming year, consider whether to offer high-deductible health plans, coupled with health savings accounts. They can save big bucks for employers and employees alike.

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The EEOC has reached a $975,000 settlement with two IHOP franchises in Illinois over allegations that management turned a blind eye to sexual harassment directed at teenage employees.

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The National Labor Relations Board wants to revise the rule that determines if two employers can be considered joint employers for the purpose of deciding labor-management disputes.

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Home Depot fired an employee for his response to a customer’s racist rant. The company is now in hot water for mishandling the situation.

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By July 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had already served more than 5,200 I-9 audit notices to employers across the country, a dramatic increase over last year’s total, when 1,360 I-9 audits were conducted.

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With low unemployment and a growing GDP, Americans are feeling much more comfortable about the economy. Yet a concerning trend lurks underneath an otherwise booming economy: slow wage growth.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a complicated and far-reaching law, which tax pros are still unraveling and state legislatures are still trying to come to terms with. Here’s the latest.

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E-Verify complements the Form I-9 process for employment eligibility verification. Heads up: According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which runs both programs, its E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance function may contact you regarding your I-9 forms.

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The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against a Texas employer that requires all its employees to report every medication they take, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

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These regs won’t become effective until final regs are issued, but it’s anticipated that they will become effective for information returns you’re required to file in 2019.

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If you have a progressive discipline system that gives poor performers or rule breakers a chance to reform, be sure your policy includes an escape hatch that lets you skip steps when necessary.

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Cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has agreed to pay $1,100,000 to men who the EEOC said were harmed by discriminatory parental leave policies.

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