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The Benefits of a Great Employee Handbook [Infographic]

August 06, 2015

Employee handbooks are an essential aspect of any company. Handbooks provide insight into a company’s culture and sets expectations for all new hires, as well as keep current employees compliant. Many busy or growing companies may not realize how often an employee handbook needs to be updated, as employment laws and regulations are constantly ...
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California Amends Paid Sick Leave Law

July 16, 2015

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (A.B. 304) amending California’s new paid sick leave law (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act) that went into effect on July 1, 2015. The law requires employers to provide employees with at least three days (24 hours) of paid sick leave per year.The amendments to the ...

Ask the Experts: Garnishing Wages Out of State

August 18, 2015

Question: We received a garnishment order for one of our employees. When the employee received the internal notice regarding the date his payroll garnishment was to begin, he complained that the garnishment was from a different state and we could not garnish wages from an out-of-state agency. Is this correct?Answer: We cannot provide legal or ...
North Carolina

North Carolina Employment Law Update – August 2015

August 18, 2015

Re-Employment Rights of National Guard Members On July 17, 2015, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation (H.B. 254) that would extend the re-employment rights currently granted members of the North Carolina National Guard to those who have served as members of the National Guard of other states.The law goes into effect on ...
Minnesota

Minnesota Employment Law Update – August 2015

August 18, 2015

Minimum Wage Increase Effective August 1, 2015, Minnesota’s minimum wage rates are as follows:Large employers (employers with annual gross volume of sales made or business done of $500,000 or more) must pay at least $9 an hour. Small employers (employers with annual gross volume of sales made or business done of less than $500,000) must ...
Maine

Maine Employment Law Update – August 2015

August 18, 2015

Social Media Privacy On July 12, 2015, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed legislation regarding employee social media privacy. The law goes into effect on October 15, 2015. The law, which applies to both private and public employers, prohibits an employer from doing any of the following:Requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to ...
Illinois

Illinois Employment Law Update – August 2015

August 18, 2015

Veterans Employment Preference On July 28, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (H.B. 3122) that permits private employers to adopt a veterans’ preference employment policy. To implement such a policy:The policy must be in writing; The policy must be publicly posted by the employer at the place of employment or on any ...
Hawaii

Hawaii Employment Law Update – August 2015

August 18, 2015

Mandated Health Benefits – Orthodontic Services for Orofacial Anomalies On July 13, 2015, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 174) which requires group health plans to provide coverage for medically necessary orthodontic services to treat orofacial anomalies resulting from birth defects or birth defect syndromes under certain ...
California

California Employment Law Update – August 2015

August 18, 2015

California Attorney General Partners with U.S. DOL to Combat Wage Theft On July 28, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that the California Office of the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have signed a cooperative agreement to crack down on employer wage theft and other ...
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Ask the Experts: Reimbursing Employees

August 04, 2015

Question: How do we reimburse staff that “forgot” to take lunch and how can we make sure this doesn't happen again?Answer: When an employee “forgets” to take (or properly record) his or her lunch, the employee must be compensated. If you have a policy requiring that all hourly (nonexempt) employees take a specific period of lunch ...
Tennessee

Tennessee Employment Law Update – July 2015

August 04, 2015

Use of Social Security Numbers Effective July 1, 2015, Tennessee employers may not print an employee’s Social Security number on checks for benefits. Additionally, employers may disclose an employee’s or applicant’s Social Security number if:The person gives permission, in writing. Disclosure is authorized or required under state or ...

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