Tag Archives: Compliance Services

Best Practices for Workplace Investigations 

In any organization, maintaining a fair and respectful work environment is crucial for fostering productivity, employee satisfaction, and collective success. However, workplace allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing may arise, necessitating internal investigations to address and resolve such issues effectively.  When should workplace investigations take place?  Workplace investigations are not a method to manage day-to-day employee differences of […]

Four Reasons Employers Should Care About the Impending Chevron Decision

The Chevron doctrine came out of a 1984 Supreme Court case, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council. It is a legal principle courts use when reviewing how federal agencies (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Department of Labor (US DOL)) interpret the laws for which they are responsible for […]

Do not Let Your Handbook Gather Dust: Why Annual Updates Matter 

Your employee handbook is like the constitution of your workplace. It outlines expectations, rights, and responsibilities, setting the stage for a smooth and productive environment. But just like any governing document, it needs regular updates to stay relevant and effective. That is where annual handbook reviews come in.  Here is why keeping your handbook fresh […]

The US DOL Announces the Long-Await Increases to the Salary Level for Exempt Employees

On August 30, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited proposed rule on raising the salary level for white-collar exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with the intent of expanding overtime payments for over 3 million U.S. workers. The proposed rule increases the weekly salary levels as follows:  As a […]

Show Me the Money: Getting Prepared for New York’s Wage Disclosure Law

On September 17, 2023, New York Labor Law Section 194-b will require covered employers to disclose wage ranges in job, promotion, and transfer advertisements for internal or public viewing for any position that will be physically performed, at least in part, in the state of New York (NY) or report to a supervisor, office or […]

USCIS Approves a New Form I-9 and DHS to Allow Remote Verification of Form I-9 Employment Authorization Documents for E-Verify Participants 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that a revised version of Form I-9 is coming soon. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has approved the use of remote verification of Form I-9 documents for E-Verify participants. Below is additional information on each.  Updated Form I-9  On August 1, 2023, the USCIS […]

New York Releases Its Model Policy for Lactation Protections

On December 9, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law an amendment to NY State Labor Law Section 206-C that expands workplace protections for nursing employees, effective June 7, 2023. Of note, the legislation required the NY Department of Labor (NY DOL) to develop and implement a policy (“The Rights of Employees to Express Breast Milk in the Workplace”) for employers […]

HR Works’ Compensation & Pay Equity On-Demand Webinar Series Now Available

HR Works has developed a webinar series to assist employers with navigating the challenges of changing pay equity laws and increased pressure to have an effective compensation strategy in place. Watch as our HR experts share information on complying with various State pay transparency laws, establishing an equitable pay system, and how to address and communicate pay equity adjustments to employees. The series […]

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: The Importance of Proper FLSA Classifications

What is an FLSA Classification? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that applies to most private and public employees which sets minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards.  The FLSA generally requires employers to pay all covered non-exempt employees the statutory minimum wage and overtime pay (“time and one-half”) for […]

Key Takeaways from the EEOC’s Hearing on Exploring the Use of AI Systems in Employment Decisions

In 2021, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an agency-wide initiative to ensure that the use of software, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and other emerging technologies used in hiring and other employment decisions comply with the federal civil rights laws that the EEOC enforces. On January 31, the EEOC held a public […]