November 2020


 

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New minimum wage rates July 1: What you need to know

A number of state and local minimum wage rates are scheduled to increase on July 1, 2020. Below is a summary of these changes and guidelines to help you comply with your minimum wage requirements.

Forms I-9: temporary policy for expired documents

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a temporary policy regarding expired documents used for Form I-9 purposes. The Form I-9 is used to verify a new hire's identity and work authorization.

DOL issues overtime rule for commission-based retail employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule for determining whether employers qualify as "retail or service" establishments for purposes of an overtime exemption for commission-based employees. The final rule takes effect immediately.

10 practices that could land you in hot water during COVID-19

Federal, state and local laws prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals because of race, national origin, sex, pregnancy, disability, and certain other characteristics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers must navigate all employment decisions including those related to layoffs, rehires, and leave  without violating these laws. Here are 10 problematic practices related to COVID-19 that may violate nondiscrimination laws.

OSHA offers updated guidance on recording COVID-19 cases

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued updated guidance on recording occupational illnesses related to COVID-19. The guidance took effect May 26, 2020 and remains in effect until further notice.

EEO-1 reporting delayed until 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that employers won't be required to file an EEO-1 Report in 2020 because of the impact of COVID-19. Instead, the EEOC will collect the EEO-1 data for both 2019 and 2020 in March 2021.

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