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  • Question of the Week: Do We Need to Update Employees When Employment Laws Change?

    Question of the Week
    JUNE 12, 2024
    QUESTION

    Do we need to tell employees when employment laws change?

    ANSWER

    Possibly. As the employer, you need to stay up to date on legal changes that affect your organization, and your leadership team, managers, human resources, and payroll departments should be kept aware of any new legal requirements or rights that will apply to them or their employees.

    On the other hand, non-managerial employees only need to be informed about changes to the law when notice is legally required. If there’s no requirement, whether to update employees is up to you. Still, making employees aware of their rights is usually a best practice.

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    This Q&A does not constitute legal advice and does not address state or local law.

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  • Upcoming Webinar: How to Create and Manage Employee Training

    Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    10:00 AM PT | 1:00 PM ET

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  • ICHRA: Pros and Cons for Employers

    I wanted to share some insights on the Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA), a unique employer-funded health care account that offers an alternative to traditional group health plans by reimbursing employees for their individual health insurance premiums. To help you weigh its benefits and drawbacks for your organization, here is a comprehensive overview titled, ICHRA: Pros and Cons for Employers.

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  • Question of the Week

    Question:

    We are looking to implement formal training programs. What types of training would you recommend we have for all employees?

    Answer:

    Employee training is going to vary from industry to industry, but there are some types of training we recommend for all employers:

    • Harassment prevention training explains what harassment is and how to avoid it, how to recognize inappropriate and unlawful behavior, and what the proper channels are for reporting concerns. Harassment prevention training is required in certain cities and states.
    • Workplace safety training helps ensure that everyone understands the importance of a safe working environment, how to maintain a safe environment, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

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    This Q&A does not constitute legal advice and does not address state or local law.

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  • [Upcoming Webinar] New Manager Survival Guide & HR Essentials


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  • Question of the Week

    Question: 

    “Do Exempt Employees Get Their Full Pay for Partial-Week Furloughs?”

    Answer:

    Yes, salaried exempt employees must be paid their full weekly salary if they do any work during your designated seven-day workweek, including tasks as quick as checking work email or voicemail. As your goal is to save money, be sure the furlough covers the full workweek and that affected exempt employees understand they’re not to do any work while on furlough.

    Nonexempt employees, however, only need to be paid for actual hours worked, so single-day or partial-week furloughs can be implemented without worrying about pay implications.

    This Q&A does not constitute legal advice and does not address state or local law

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  • Upcoming Webinar: How to Build a Smart Employee Handbook

    Tuesday, May 7, 2024
    10:00 AM PT | 1:00 PM ET

    Is your company drafting its first Smart Employee Handbook? Or looking for a refresher course on industry best practices?

    Join Rachel Sandridge, Senior Customer Success Manager at Mineral, for a guided tour on building an employee handbook from start to finish. In this webinar, you’ll learn about:



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  • DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule Increasing Salary Levels for White-collar Employees

    On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to amend current requirements employees in white-collar occupations must satisfy to qualify for an overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule will take effect on July 1, 2024. This Legal Update provides an overview of the final rule.

    DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule Increasing Salary Levels for White-collar Employees
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Mandatory Job Transfer Can Be Discriminatory Under Title VII

    On April 17, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, holding that a mandatory job transfer can constitute illegal discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 if it causes harm with respect to an identifiable term or condition of employment, even if the harm is not significant.

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Mandatory Job Transfer Can Be Discriminatory Under Title VII
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  • Chart – Medicare’s Coordination of Benefits Rules

    This chart summarizes Medicare’s coordination of benefits rules for employer-sponsored health plans, which determine whether the group health plan or Medicare pays first on health care claims.

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