FMLA Administration: 4 Basic Steps

FMLA Administration: 4 Basic Steps In general, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is applicable when an employee needs time off to attend to family or medical needs.  It requires certain employers with fifty (50) or more employees within a 75-mile radius to provide eligible employees with up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid annual …

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Federal Overtime Threshold Increases on January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, the federal white-collar exemption, which was $455.00 per week ($23,660.00 annually) in 2019, will be raised to $684.00 per week ($35,568.00 annually).  Any employee under the $35,568.00 limit will be deemed a non-exempt, hourly wage earner eligible for overtime.  In addition, the threshold for the exemption for highly compensated employees – …

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What Should Employers Do When Workers Exhaust FMLA Leave?

What Should Employers Do When Workers Exhaust FMLA Leave? When employees exhaust their leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), they may want to return to work or take additional leave.  Here are some tips to help employers manage the return-to-work process and decide, if applicable, if providing more leave is appropriate. Eligible …

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Supreme Court Says Agreements To Arbitrate Classwide Claims Must Be Clear

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with an employer on April 24, 2019 by ruling that a worker needs to individually arbitrate his claim against the company rather than bring a classwide claim. In an arbitration agreement, employers and workers can agree in advance to have a neutral third party (an arbitrator) decide legal claims rather …

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EEOC: Applicants’ Religious Beliefs Must Be Considered

EEOC: Applicants’ Religious Beliefs Must Be Considered A recent settlement agreement between United Parcel Service (UPS) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder that accommodating job applicants’ religious beliefs supersedes an organization’s appearance policy in most cases, even when the job’s role is public-facing. UPS agreed to pay $4.9 million …

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FORMER EMPLOYEE ALLOWED TO BRING AGE DISCRIMINATION CASE DESPITE SIGNING A SEVERANCE AGREEMENT WITH GENERAL RELEASE

A former United Parcel Service (UPS) employee who signed a separation agreement that did not reference the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) could still bring an ADEA claim, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York ruled, in a decision issued in January 2019. The employee was over 40 years old …

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES INCREASED

Effective Jan. 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) increased the civil monetary penalties for violating federal minimum wage, overtime, posting and safety requirements. The higher penalty amounts apply to penalties assessed after that date for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH …

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NEW YORK CITY’S NEW PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

A new New York City law, set to go into effect in October, 2017, will bar employers within the five boroughs from asking job candidates about their salary history. The law is meant to address the issue of pay inequality between men and women, as well as wage discrimination against minorities.  In 2015, women earned …

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NEW YORK CITY’S NEW “FREELANCE ISN’T FREE” ACT

A new law which establishes and enhances protections for freelance workers went into effect in New York City on May 15, 2017.  This law gives freelance workers the right to (a) a written contract, (b) timely and full payment, and (c) protection from retaliation. The law establishes penalties for violations of these rights, including statutory damages, double damages, …

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