Tag: FMLA

DOL Delays Overtime Rule Until March 2019 In fall 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2019 to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees. The WHD stated that it is…

HHS Hurricane Florence and HIPAA Bulletin Released In light of the public health emergencies announced for the Carolinas due to Hurricane Florence, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Hurricane Florence and HIPAA Bulletin: Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Declared Emergency. Read the bulletin E-Verify Expands Access…

IRS Permits Student Loan Repayment Benefit as Part of Employer’s 401(K) On August 17, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service released a private ruling letter (Number 201833012) concluding that an employer may amend its 401(k) plan to provide student loan repayments (SLR) nonelective contributions under the program without violating the “contingent benefit” prohibitions of 26…

Question: When an employee requests child bonding leave for an adoption, what documentation can the employer require for verification? Answer: Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers may not request a certification for leave to bond with a healthy newborn child or a child placed for adoption or foster care. However, employers…

FMLA Forms Expire June 1

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms expire at midnight tonight. So what should you do? Keep using them. (Note that use of these forms was already optional.) The DOL is required to submit forms to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval every three years. The DOL…

Question: How should we handle a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave request for an employee to care for a parent who lives outside the United States? Can we request translation and notarization of paperwork? Answer: The same leave allowance and notice requirements apply to a leave taken to care for a family member…

DOL Releases Assistance for Enforcement of Tip Credit Rules under FLSA On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor released a field assistance bulletin (FAB No. 2018-3) providing guidance concerning the Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) enforcement of tip credit rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after Congress amended the FLSA in…

This year’s flu season is a rough one. Although the predominant strains of this year’s influenza viruses were represented in the vaccine, they mutated, which decreased the effectiveness of the immunization. The flu then spread widely and quickly, and in addition, the symptoms were severe and deadly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

This year’s presidential race may go down as one of the most polarizing elections in the history of the United States. In only a matter of days, voters will head to the polls to decide whether to elect Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and the country will be left in angst waiting for the results….

Question: How should we handle a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave request for an employee to care for a parent who lives outside the United States? Can we request translation and notarization of paperwork? Answer: The same leave allowance and notice requirements apply to a leave whether it is taken domestically or abroad to care…