Category: News

14 Sep

Potential #MeToo-motivated laws address more than just sexual harassment

The #MeToo movement has spawned several bills, many of which are aimed at prohibiting private arbitration of sexual harassment claims or outlawing confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements addressing sexual harassment claims. However, not all of these proposed new laws are directed exclusively at sexual harassment claims. For example, in California, a bill that is currently awaiting the […]

08 Sep

What employees want: More time off, better bosses

Employees want jobs with more paid time off and would sacrifice a high salary for a good boss, according to new data from HR services provider Randstad. The data, released this week, is the result of a small survey conducted in July of 763 employees across the United States. Randstad found that 63% of employees wouldn’t consider […]

07 Sep

White House looks to relax rules for workplace retirement plans

If it were easier for small businesses to band together to offer sponsored retirement plans, would more workers begin saving? The White House is betting so, signing on the eve of Labor Day an executive order aimed at lowering the barriers for small companies to participate in multi-employer plans. “Small business employees don’t deserve to […]

07 Sep

Employers’ old excuses for wage, hour compliance no longer work

Many companies at one time or another get overtime compliance wrong, at least to some degree. It’s an expensive topic. Liability under federal law for failing to correctly pay overtime comes at the hefty price of all unpaid overtime for two years (three when it’s willful, and even longer under some state laws), multiplied by […]

30 Aug

Fewer Americans without health plans since Obamacare debut

Fewer Americans lack health insurance — but the gap remains wide, especially in some pro-Trump states. The number of uninsured declined to 28.3 million in the first quarter, down from 29.3 last year — and 48.6 million in 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by then-President Barack Obama, according to […]

23 Aug

The future of work is here. Is HR ready?

While meeting with a client recently, she said something that’s stuck with me. “We need to stop talking about the future of work and start actually taking action,” she said, “because it’s here.” She’s right. We’re at an inflection point with a labor market that’s as tight as it’s been since the Great Recession and […]

21 Aug

Midterm Elections Won’t Affect The Employer Mandate

Since President Trump took office, a top priority has been to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and his administration continues its attempts to undermine the law. With midterm elections less than 90 days away, we can expect the ACA will once again take center stage. Much is at stake. The upcoming midterm elections are […]

20 Aug

Complying with California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

If you received a wave of “We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy” e-mails recently, here’s why: California just passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 affording California residents unprecedented, expansive data privacy rights. While the act, effective Jan. 1, 2020, is broadly applicable to qualifying businesses, employers should pay special attention to their duties under […]

17 Aug

How Important Are Employee Handbooks?

Very important! Not only do they reflect a company’s culture and values but they also communicate important policies and procedures, and can even help shield employers from litigation. Examples of topics that effective employee handbooks cover include: Anti-discrimination policies- Handbooks should include a section on sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and equal […]

16 Aug

More employees opt for high-deductible health plans over traditional plans

High-deductible health plans are gaining ground on traditional insurance plans, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the past 10 years, adults aged 18 – 64 with employment-based coverage have increasingly opted for high-deductible health plans both with and without health savings accounts. The percentage of adults enrolled […]