November 1, 2021 Article PDF The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently updated its COVID-19 guidance, detailing its view of employer obligations under Title VII when evaluating religious objections to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. The EEOC also added guidance on requests for accommodation based on pregnancy under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy […]
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President Biden Signs into Law Ban on Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims (US)
March 4, 2022 Article PDF On February 11, 2022, we reported on Congress’ enactment of legislation barring the use of mandatory arbitration provisions in cases of sexual assault or sexual harassment. On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the bill into law, as expected, making it illegal to compel an employee to arbitrate a claim […]
Supreme Court to Take Shot at Healthcare and OSHA Vaccine Mandates
January 2022 Supreme Court to Take Shot at Healthcare and OSHA Vaccine Mandates On December 22, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States issued orders granting review of legal challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“OSHA ETS”) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services […]
OSHA Releases New Guidance
February 2021 As mandated in President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, OSHA announced its revised guidance entitled, Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework). This is OSHA’s first comprehensive workplace guidance since June of 2020, which is a framework and a reminder to […]
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 How Will the ARPA Impact Employers and Employees
March 16, 2021 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is an enormous and intricate piece of legislation that has direct consequence for employers. Signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, ARPA mandates several important changes for employers of all types. In this alert, we break down the most significant developments, […]
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) New Audit Focus Heading Into 2020!
November 1, 2019 Working Off the Clock Working off the clock labor is that which is unpaid or not contributing to overtime pay, and is usually illegal. The United States Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is legislation designed to protect workers in most states. The FLSA articulates that employees be paid overtime for more than […]
10 Reasons Why Small Business Owners Should Have an HR Consultant as Part of the Strategic Team
By Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP July 2016 Many CEOs develop critical connections throughout their tenure as business owners. The sign of an effective leader is one that is aware of their strength and limitations. That being said, it is important that business owners identify leaders that can focus on finances, legal issues, marketing and business […]
8 Reasons Why You Need to Update Your Employee Handbook or Create One!
By Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP June 2016 In my 15 years of human resources, I have come in contact with many small and large Employers and received feedback on what should or should not be included in an employee handbook from employment law professionals, HR professionals and other workplace compliance resources. As a result, I […]
New FLSA Overtime Rule; How do you communicate to Business Owners, Employers and Employees?
By Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP July 2016 By now many of you have heard about the Federal Labor Law Act (FLSA) Overtime Rule that will go into effect on December 1, 2016. For HR professionals who are not aware, shame on you! It is up to us to guide management on those laws impacting […]