Corporate Services, Inc. News (2017)
Putative Class and Collective Action Under Enjoined U.S. DOL Overtime Rule Appears to Face Strong Argument for Dismissal
On June 7, 2017, a plaintiff brought a putative class and collective action against Chipotle for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New Jersey's Wage and Hour Law.more
DOL to Take Steps to Address Persuader, Overtime Rules
The same week the Department of Labor (DOL) removed two guidance documents governing joint employment and independent contractors, it indicated it will soon reconsider two contentious rules that have been put on hold.more
DOL Withdraws Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Guidance
In a three-sentence press release on Jun. 7, 2017, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two Wage and Hour Administrator's Interpretations (AIs) on joint employment and independent contractors.more
Cook County, Illinois Publishes Final Rules for Sick Leave Ordinance: Employers, Are You Ready?
On July 1, 2017, the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance goes into effect. The Ordinance (at the time of this writing) provides certain employees in approximately 2/3 of the Cook County's municipalities with paid sick time benefits.more
ADA: Did Company Have to Accommodate Needle-Phobic Pharmacist When Job Changed?
There is a lot of pressure on employers to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals who fall under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But a recent court case confirms there are reasonable limits to your responsibilities.more
President's Budget Proposes Paid Leave, Funding Cuts and Merger of OFCCP and EEOC
President Trump has released his proposed budget, setting out his priorities for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins October 1. As anticipated, the budget represents a marked shift in potential government spending; it proposes to eliminate roughly $3.6 trillion over the next decade.more
HHS Chief: The Senate Will Pass ACA Repeal Bill by August
According to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, the Senate will be able to complete its vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by August, just before its month-long recess.more
Pitfalls That Can Turn Your FSA Plan into a Compliance Nightmare
What happens when a seemingly harmless change to your company's easy-to-administer flexible spending account (FSA) plan — a plan that had met the "excepted benefits" requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — suddenly winds up becoming subject to a series of onerous regulations?more
The Alarming Trend Impacting 85% of Hiring Managers
Planning on adding staff some time in the near future? It appears that there is some new urgency to double- and triple-check those resumes and ask plenty of follow-up questions during the interview process.more
Changes for 2018 HSAs, High-Deductibles: What IRS Increased
If you would like to get a jump on next year's planning, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just released the 2018 contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and required deductibles and out-of-pocket limits for high-deductible health plan (HDHP).more
Health Reform Expert: What Human Resources Needs to Know About GOP Repeal Bill Passing the House
Virtually every major news outlet is covering the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives. But amidst all the coverage, it is tough to find an answer to a question that is near and dear to human resources: What does this GOP victory mean for employers?more
House Passes Comp Bill
Hourly workers who have had to juggle shift schedules with picking up their kids from school or daycare or attending college classes while holding down a full-time job may have cause to cheer a bill that was passed earlier this week by the U.S. House of Representatives.more
State of Paid Parental Leave: Who Offers It and How Much Time Do They Give?
Much has been written about how generous paid parental leave will soon become a standard benefit at most companies. But how many firms are really offering it and how generous is the perk?more
Facebook Photos Show FMLA Abuse, Does Court Dismiss Case?
If an employee is supposed to be on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) because a medical condition prevents him for handling the day-to-day tasks of his job, one might think a couple of photos of him frolicking on a Caribbean island during the leave would be enough to prove he was abusing his FMLA leave. And it probably could have been.more
EEOC Outlines Four New Approaches to Fight Workplace Harassment
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one-third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. But the agency is taking steps to help both workers and managers handle the problem.more
Wellness Program Requirements and Retaliation: An Expensive Mix
Employers are allowed to employ "negative incentives" to boost wellness program participation. But as this case proves, you must tread carefully.more
Another Delay on Overtime Rule: Will DOL Regulations Ever Have Their Day in Court?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has already been granted two extensions in submitting its final brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the final overtime rule, but it looks like that still was not enough.more
Is McDonald's new application process the future of hiring?
If you want to attract younger employees, it is probably not a bad idea to allow them to apply using whatever technology they are most comfortable with. And McDonald's is willing to do just that.more
Human Resources Professionals Relieved When ACA Replacement Bill Is Pulled
Everybody knows that the GOP's attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came to a rather ignominious end. But how did the human resources community feel about that outcome?more
The Firing Checklist Every Human Resources Professional Should Use
Firing staff members is stressful — which is why so many human resources professionals sometimes hurry the process along to get it over with. But that can be a big mistake.more
Review past issues of the Corporate Services newsletter.
Vol. VII – No. 7 — 06/14/2017
Vol. VII – No. 6 — 05/09/2017
Vol. VII – No. 5 — 04/25/2017
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