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What We’re Reading – February 2019 At ThinkHR, we love to share our knowledge of all things people risk management. One of the ways we do this is by curating timely human resources stories from across the web. Here are nine articles that caught our eye this month. 6 Statistics on Office Romance Despite #MeToo,…

On Friday, February 15, 2019, five employees of a manufacturer in Aurora, Illinois, were killed by an employee they were about to terminate as they met in a conference room. Among the victims were the human resources director and a young HR intern at his first day on the job. This is just the latest…

Question: We recently hired an employee who has health coverage through the military (TRICARE). Our company provides a group major medical plan along with a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). How will our benefits coordinate with TRICARE? Answer: TRICARE offers several different health service and coverage programs. For active-duty servicemembers (ADSMs), TRICARE Prime is their primary and…

New DOL Guidance: Payment of Subminimum Wages Under FLSA On February 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) release three documents providing guidance on the payment of subminimum wages under § 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The first two are related to the impact of Rehabilitation Act (§ 511) and the…

Payroll Processors and Paycheck Errors On February 7, 2019, California Supreme Court decision in Goonewardene v. ADP, LLC, Cal. (No. S238941) found that an independent payroll service provider (payroll company) may not be held liable by employees for paycheck errors. This case presented the question of whether, when an employer hires a payroll company to take…

Paid Family and Medical Leave Draft Regulations On January 23, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released draft regulations for the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave that was enacted June 20, 2018. The law does not take effect until January 1, 2021 and these drafts are for public input only. The…

Posters Updated In January 2019, the following new mandatory posters were released by the Michigan Wage and Hour Division: Minimum Wage and Overtime General Requirements The state’s minimum wage remained at $9.25 on January 1, 2019 but increases to $9.45 effective March 29, 2019. Paid Medical Leave Act General Requirements Effective March 29, 2019, covered…

Family Leave Law On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (A.B. 3975) revising the state’s family leave law. Under the revised law, the state’s paid family leave program is modified as follows: The number of weeks for Family Leave Insurance (FLI) and Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) are doubled. Employees can take…

New York City Releases New Guidance on Discrimination Based on Hair In February 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released a legal enforcement guidance about race discrimination on the basis of hair. According to the commission, the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) “protects the rights of New Yorkers to maintain…

Franchises and the Employment Relationship On December 19, 2018, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation (H.B. 494) regarding franchises and the employment relationship. Under the law, Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 4111.14 was modified to clarify that the definition of an employer does not include a franchisor with respect to the franchisor’s relationship with a franchisee…