The US DOL and Alabama Partner Against Worker Misclassification

Misclassification is the practice of incorrectly labeling workers as independent contractors rather than employees.  Because independent contractors are by definition are self-employed, their employers often escape many of their responsibilities under employment, labor, and related tax laws and deprive workers … Continue reading

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Ontario Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review

A progress report has been released on the ongoing Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review, conducted by Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). The review was established to provide safety recommendations that mining industry employers must take note of. The review … Continue reading

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Employers Will Wait Longer than Expected for FLSA Overtime Regulations

Twice a year the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announces matters it plans to consider in the coming months and years.  Acting on a Presidential directive, the DOL last spring announced plans to consider regulations regarding overtime for “white collar” … Continue reading

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Delaware Employers Required to Provide Pregnancy Accommodations

Under the Delaware Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S.B. 212, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. Accommodations may include: Additional equipment for sitting, More frequent or longer breaks, … Continue reading

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Hawaii Issues New Unemployment Insurance Posting; Update Required

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) has updated the state Unemployment Insurance labor law posting.  The update includes new claims process and benefits payment information.  The notice explains: additional online and in-person claim filing options creating an … Continue reading

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OSHA’s New Approach to Outdated PELs

In the next six months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be encouraging stakeholders such as businesses to provide information that could help reduce hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace. OSHA’s current permissible exposure limits (PELs) for chemicals … Continue reading

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Protecting Unpaid Interns from Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

Some employers and their workers might find it surprising to learn that in most states unpaid interns, unpaid trainees and volunteers are not covered by state harassment and employment discrimination laws.  This exclusion is slowly changing. Protected Status California recently … Continue reading

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US DOL Issues Final Regulations Raising Federal Minimum Wage

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued final regulations implementing the provisions of Executive Order 13658 that raises the minimum wage federal contractors are required to pay workers on covered contracts.  Specifically, the Executive Order: raises the minimum wage … Continue reading

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California Employers Face Liability for Wage Violations of Labor Contractors

Employers are increasingly using sub-contractors, temporary staffing, leased employees and independent contractors to supplement or, sometimes, replace their regular workforce.  This workforce is especially attractive in California where labor costs run high.  Until now, using a “labor contractor” to supply … Continue reading

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Ohio Raises Minimum Wage Rate for 2015

Ohio minimum wage workers will soon see a boost in their paychecks.  Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum wage rate for most workers will increase from $7.95 per hour to $8.10 per hour.  The minimum wage rate for tipped employees … Continue reading

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