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Workers with Disabilities

Alaska is the latest state to eliminate subminimum wage for workers with disabilities. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are allowed to pay wages less than the Federal minimum wage to workers who have disabilities for the work being performed. New Hampshire and Maryland were the first states in the country to eliminate this Read more

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Last week, we started a series of blogs on new State of Washington laws going into effect in June that will affect how employers manage an individual’s legal rights and physical protections in the workplace.  In this blog, we will look at Washington’s new Domestic Violence in the Workplace law that prohibits employment discrimination against Read more

DOL Answers Questions on PAID Program

Taking note of employer concerns, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released some preliminary guidance on its new PAID program, a six-month pilot initative intended to quickly resolve accidental wage and hour violations outside of the courtroom and help employers improve pay practices to avoid similar mistakes in the future. In a question-and-answer format, Read more

Washington State wrapped up the 2018 legislative term with several new laws affecting individuals’ rights in the workplace.  Highlights include equal pay protections, protecting workers who are victims of domestic violence, strong sexual harassment laws, ban-the-box legislation, and a law authorizing increases in the penalties for violations of state occupational safety and health laws. We’ll Read more

Virginia Unpaid Leave for National Guard

During its 2018 legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly passed two bills which increase employment protections for employees and job applicants who are members of a reserve military force or civilian auxiliary unit.  Although some bills are still waiting for Governor Ralph Northam’s signature, he has already signed these two into law. Virginia Unpaid Leave Read more

Ban the Box

Our readers may recall that back in 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 16-04 to implement a ban the box policy for government entities. The law gives individuals a fair chance to apply to job positions without being required to disclose their criminal history. On February 1, 2018, the city council of Kansas Read more

Who says you need to be a lawyer to understand compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? FLSA compliance just got easier with a new tool introduced by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL has created a series of short, easy-to-understand videos explaining employers’ basic responsibilities under the FLSA so employers Read more

2018 Canadian Labour Law Posters Get an Easter Update

Both employers and employees are likely to have bunnies on the brain this Easter Sunday, but if you operate in Canada you should be aware that April 1, 2018 will bring employment law changes as well as eggs. Updated 2018 Canadian labour law posters are now available for employers who wish to keep employees informed Read more

Federal Spending Bill Solves Tip Pool Puzzle

The federal appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018, which was signed into law on  March 23, brought an end to uncertainty on two fronts: it put a stop to the short-term spending bills that have been keeping the government afloat since the end of fiscal year 2017, and it created a fix for the tip Read more