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► State Minimum Wage Increases for 2020 (with Map)

December 4, 2019

Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2020. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. Therefore, if a ...

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► Top 5 Things to Do If You Suspect a Business Data Breach

November 25, 2019

Are you ready for a data breach? Is your business prepared to address the potential data loss if a hacker infiltrates the network server housing your customers’ personal information? Read on to learn how to answer the million-dollar questions that will inevitably come your way when a data ...

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► What Employers Need to Know About Personality Tests

November 23, 2019

According to some reports, up to 60% of workers are required to complete personality tests during the hiring process. Employers use such tests to predict performance and "cultural fit" by attempting to learn about a prospective employee's character and personality, including his ...

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► Some Types of Parent-Teacher Talks Qualify for FMLA Leave

November 21, 2019

A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Opinion Letter , found certain types of parent-teacher conferences can be considered qualified leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As a result, some of you may have to provide employees with leave to attend the meetings. FMLA ...

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► IRS Raises FSA Contribution Limits & Other Thresholds for 2020

November 19, 2019

Employees will be able to contribute up to $2,750 to a health flexible spending account (FSA) in 2020, a $50 increase from the 2019 amount, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Revenue Procedure 2019-44 . The IRS is raising to $230,000 (from $225,000) the annual compensation that ...

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► Legal Concerns When Contagious Diseases Strike the Workplace

November 18, 2019

The reports of measles outbreaks in several communities around the country have been on virtually everyone's mind over the last few months. As those reports serve to emphasize, if proper precautions such as vaccinations aren't taken, infectious diseases can wreak havoc not only in your ...

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► Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise for SMBs

November 15, 2019

The rising cost of providing health insurance to employees is one of the top financial pressures facing owners of small and midsize companies (SMBs), according to a recent Enterprise Bank & Trust Think Tank survey. Enterprise surveyed 230 businesses to understand issues and trends regarding ...

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► Proposed Rule Aims to Expand Use of Fluctuating Workweek

November 8, 2019

A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) intends to clarify that employers who pay nonexempt workers bonuses or other incentive-based pay in addition to a fixed salary can use the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime as a way to keep costs down as long as other ...

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► Gov. Signs Bill Delaying Key Employer Provisions of Privacy Law

October 29, 2019

A bill giving employers an extra year to comply with much of the sweeping new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom (D). This amendment (AB 25) to the CCPA postpones most, but not all, employer obligations under the law until January 1, 2021. The ...

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► Immigration Policy Tips: Don't Ask, Don't Probe Unless . . .

October 28, 2019

The year is 2019, but I want to take you back to the 1990s for just a moment. Do you remember where you were in December 1993? President Bill Clinton had just signed an order directing military personnel not to ask about or initiate investigations of service members’ sexual orientation ...

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