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► Liability Issues on The Minds of Employers as Businesses Reopen

May 25, 2020

As some states begin to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, employers are eager to get back to business but also worried about potential legal liability triggered by the virus. Drafts of legislation have begun to make the rounds in the U.S. Senate to provide a shield ...

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► Court Rules COBRA Election Notice was Properly Given by Mail

May 20, 2020

Plan administrators should establish procedures to accumulate and update address information for all covered employees and beneficiaries (including qualified beneficiaries and potential qualified beneficiaries). These procedures need to be communicated to all participants and followed by plan ...

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► New Rule Allows Overtime Exemption for More Commission-Paid Workers

May 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new rule that potentially could allow more employers to take advantage of the overtime exemption allowed for certain employees who are paid on commission. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the new rule on May 18, calling ...

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► Increase in Remote Work Likely a Lasting Effect of COVID-19

May 15, 2020

Not so long ago, remote work arrangements were thought of as a nice perk for tech-proficient employees seeking an end to tiresome commutes and a way to enhance work/life balance. Then came the coronavirus and employer- and government-mandated measures aimed at slowing the spread of the disease it ...

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► EEOC Delays EEO-1 Surveys until 2021

May 12, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it won’t require private-sector employers to submit EEO-1 data this year. But Don’t Throw Away Your 2019 Data Ordinarily, all private-sector employers with at least 100 ...

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► Businesses Start Reopening, But Not All Workers Ready to Go Back

May 6, 2020

Some states are loosening restrictions and allowing at least some businesses to reopen. But as anxious as people are to resume their pre-COVID-19 lives, some employees are hesitant to go back. Matthew H. Parker, an attorney with Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP in Providence, Rhode Island, ...

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► COVID-19 Raises Critical Questions About Employee Testing

April 27, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for any employer seeking to provide a healthy working environment. To help mitigate some of the uncertainty, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued updated guidance for employers considering ...

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► 7 Signs You Have a Good Retirement Plan Advisor

April 24, 2020

When 401(k) plans first hit the scene in the early to mid-80s, financial advisors focused primarily on investment lineups, and that was OK with plan sponsors. However, as assets grew and the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution plans accelerated, employers began to realize they ...

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► Employers See Downside to Coronavirus Order Limiting Immigration

April 20, 2020

President Trump recently announced that he would suspend immigration to the United States as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking anger among businesses reliant on foreign workers. Perhaps bowing to that pressure, the final version of the president’s ...

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► Coronavirus Presence brings new obligations related to OSHA

April 16, 2020

As employers begin looking beyond the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and start thinking of bringing people back to work, they will be wise to realize the new virus means permanent changes related to their obligation to provide a safe workplace. Christopher Sutton, an attorney in ...

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