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OSHA’s New Approach to Outdated PELs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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Montana Minimum Wage Rate Increasing 2% in 2015

Montanans earning minimum wage will see an increase in their pay from the current rate of $7.90 per hour to $8.05 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2015.  State law requires the minimum wage rate to be adjusted each year for … Continue reading

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Colorado Announces Annual Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has announced its annual proposed state minimum wage rate for 2015. Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 31 establishes a minimum wage rate of $8.23 per hour, and $5.21 per hour for employees who … Continue reading

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New Maryland Laws Effective Wednesday – Updated Employment Discrimination & County Minimum Wage Notices Released

Employment Discrimination The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) has released new mandatory state and county labor law posting requirements.  The state’s Employment Discrimination is Unlawful posting has been updated to include two new protected categories: “Ancestry” and … Continue reading

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OFCCP Releases Proposed Rule Sanctioning the Open Discussion of Pay

Earlier this month, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a Proposed Rule barring federal contractors and subcontractors from taking adverse action against employees and applicants who discuss their pay.  Specifically, the rule would prohibit federal contractors from … Continue reading

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