Compliance Alert: ’16 Filing Deadline EXTENDED!!!

Did you neglect to report your 2016 work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA last week? Great news, the original December 15th deadline was extended to December 31st! You can now report your information electronically without penalty for a few more days! Is my company required to file this information with OSHA? Your company IS required …

Taking false comfort in blanket policies? Recent EEOC suits demonstrate the importance of effective accommodation discussions.

As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nears the end of their fiscal year, August press releases reveal a high number of disability and pregnancy discrimination issues.  Of the 18 EEOC sue and settlement press releases made so far this month, more than half include charges of discriminating on the basis of either pregnancy or …

Does Comey’s interview satisfy workplace investigation criteria?

Objective. Genuine. Thorough.  The three keys to a successful workplace investigation.  Granted, consequences of today’s Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing extend beyond those directly involved but also the security of a nation.  But from a business perspective – Comey is a former employee, the government an employer, Trump a top executive, and the Senate Intelligence Committee …

Independent Contractor or Employee? The IRS & DOL Have the Answer. Do you?

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Are your independent contractors actually employees?  Guidance from the IRS and DOL. IRS guidance. The IRS focuses on the following three “common law rules” to distinguish independent contractors (IC) from employees: Behavioral: Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and how the worker does his or her job? …

WHERE HAVE ALL THE TEACHERS GONE…..AND WHAT ARE SCHOOLS DOING TO KEEP THEM?

According to a report by the Learning Policy Institute, four leading factors, contributing to a national teacher shortage are: 1) a decline in teacher preparation enrollments, 2) district efforts to return to pre-recession pupil-teacher ratios, 3) increasing student enrollment, and 4) high teacher attrition.  While often labor shortages can be temporary, reflective of a change …

5 MYTHS ABOUT THE AZ PAID SICK TIME LAW SOON LEADING TO PENALTIES

On November 18th, 2016, Arizona’s Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (Prop 206), passed with high voter approval increasing both minimum wage and mandated paid sick leave for Arizona employers.  While the minimum wage increase has been in effect since January 1st, the paid sick time portion of the mandate takes effect July 1st.  Generally, …

When is break time?

Why do you offer breaks to your employees? Is it good for morale? Does it help ensure better quality? Well, for 21 states, if you’re a company operating in the private sector – it may be because it’s required. Private sector employers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, …

LOOKING FOR A NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITY? WHICH SOUNDS IDEAL TO YOU?

Option 1: Amazing travel benefits for you and your family (although you may want to hold off on booking that trip to China for a while) Great work-life balance As an employee, your travel is PRIORITY – more important than even purchased customer travel Opportunity to serve as an authority on fashion when it comes …

Paid Sick Time Required for AZ Employers….the silent but potentially deadly hidden dangers of Prop 206

Late yesterday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled to uphold the previously challenged Prop 206, a law passed by Arizona voters in November 2016 that raises state minimum wage to $10 in 2017 and incrementally to $12 by 2020, as well as requires mandatory sick time to be paid by Arizona employers. While the minimum wage …