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Federal Employee Screening Requirements

Introduction Congress and various state legislatures have regulated the use of polygraph tests in the workplace. Congress believed that employees and applicants should not be required to answer intrusive questions, and inaccurate test results may unfairly victimize honest employees and applicants. Consequently, employers cannot use polygraph tests unless they meet certain narrow exceptions and follow a complex

Don’t Miss the February 1st, 2015 Deadline

It’s that time of year to look back on your workplace illnesses and injuries for 2014, ensure that you have recorded the correct information in your OSHA logs, and post the information in your workplace starting February 1, 2015. Do you need to comply with this posting requirement, even if you’ve had no injuries or

Privacy in the Workplace Federal Requirements

Introduction This article reviews some of the methods employers may use and some of the restrictions imposed on the use of these methods to gather information in the workplace on job-related concerns. The contrast between employees’ expectations of personal privacy and employers’ understandable desire to collect and use employee information for efficient management has increased

Privacy in the Workplace Federal Requirements

Introduction This article reviews some of the methods employers may use and some of the restrictions imposed on the use of these methods to gather information in the workplace on job-related concerns. The contrast between employees’ expectations of personal privacy and employers’ understandable desire to collect and use employee information for efficient management has increased

Federal Requirements for Employment of Minors

Federal and state laws closely regulate the employment of minors, imposing special restrictions on the terms and conditions of their employment. These laws also impose additional administrative duties on employers. For instance, an employer may be subject to criminal penalties, civil liability, and a substantial penalty under workers’ compensation statutes if a minor is injured

Updates: Federal Law Alerts from June 2015

DOL Releases Proposed Overtime Rules On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to update the regulations governing the white collar employee and highly compensated employee exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According the rule, the DOL proposes to: Set the standard

Updates: Federal Law Alerts From July 2015

Wage and Hour Division Releases Guidance on Worker Misclassification On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) No. 2015-1, entitled “The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s ‘Suffer or Permit’ Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors.” The AI sets

Updates: Federal Law Alerts From August 2015

Annual EEO-1 Survey Now Open The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has completed its mailing of the 2015 EEO-1 survey notification letters and the survey is now open. The EEO-1 is an annual survey that must be filled out by all private employers with 100 or more employees, and federal government contractors

IRS Publishes 2015-2016 Special Per Diem Rates

From: Federal Law Alerts On September 16, 2015, the IRS released the 2015-2016 special per diem rates for taxpayers to us in substantiating the amount of ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home. The rates are effective for the period from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The guidance provides

OFCCP Announces Final Rule Prohibiting Pay Secrecy

From: Federal Law Alerts On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Final Rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13665 issued by President Obama on April 8, 2014, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees or job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the

Federal Law Alerts for October 2014

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XXI On October 10, 2014, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury jointly released FAQs about Affordable Care Implementation (Part XXI). The FAQS update prior guidance on cost-sharing limitations for plans using “reference-based pricing.” The new FAQS set forth specific factors the Departments