When a hurricane, earthquake, flood, fire, winter storm or other emergencies occur, numerous employment laws are implicated, including the federal law discussed below. Fair Labor Standards Act: Reduction of Pay and Work Hours Nonexempt employees: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay nonexempt employees only for hours that the employees have actually worked. Therefore,
US Department of Labor announced on 9/24/19 a finalized rule increasing the earnings threshold necessary for employees to qualify as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.
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Unemployment benefits. We recently wrote a blog with some basic information about how it works, who decides if an individual will receive unemployment benefits and who pays for unemployment. You can read that here for a quick recap. In some cases, when an employee is separated from employment, the separation will be considered a “mutual
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a sample form, instructions, and FAQs to help employers submit employee pay data. The data is to be sorted by job category, race, ethnicity, and sex. This information is due to the agency by September 30, 2019. Earlier this year, employers were required to submit EEO-1 Component 1
“What’s an Employer to Do”? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) periodically revises the Form I-9 and has previously made it clear that employers must use a current version of that form. However, the current Form I-9 that is found on the USCIS’s website was last updated July 2017 and has an expiration date
Several states have passed mandatory E-Verify laws that require businesses to confirm the work eligibility of all new hires using the federal electronic verification system. Employers that fail to follow these mandatory measures may be subject to serious sanctions. This chart shows which states have mandatory E-Verify laws that apply to private employers and/or to state
Starting in March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began sending Social Security Number (SSN) no-match letters to employers for the first time in almost a decade. The SSA sends these letters upon discovery that the W-2 records submitted by the employer don’t match the records on file at the SSA. Employers don’t necessarily need
DecisionHR’s unemployment vendor, Employers Edge, has laid out some detailed information regarding voluntary employee quit for medical reasons. Read on to learn about the ins and outs of medical quits. Health and medical reasons account for a significant number of voluntary separations from employment. Most states consider certain medical reasons to be “good cause” for
The U.S Department of Labor has proposed a new rule that would make over one million American workers eligible for overtime pay. While there is a long road ahead until the final ruling, employers should take steps to ensure they are prepared for this potential change. Employers should audit their exempt workforces to determine whether