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Tips For Drafting Job Descriptions for Exempt Employees

Each year, droves of employers are hauled into court to defend lawsuits in which salaried-exempt employees claim that, because of their job duties, they should have been classified as non-exempt and paid overtime. While a written job description alone cannot defeat such a claim, it will nearly always be one of the primary exhibits in…

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EEOC Announces Extension of EEO-1 Opening, Filing Deadlines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will extend the deadline for filing 2018 EEO-1 reports from March 31, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The survey, which usually opens in early January, will now open in early March of this year. This one-time extension was occasioned by the recent partial shutdown…

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7 Policies to Update in Your 2019 Employee Handbook

Handbooks are a key asset for communicating company policies and promoting fairness and consistency in the workplace, and ever-evolving federal, state and local laws make routinely reviewing and updating handbooks critical for employers. 2018 proved to be a busy year, particularly at the state and local levels as new and amended employment related laws took…

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Immigration Worksite Enforcement Surged in 2018

Immigration worksite investigations, Form I-9 audits and employee arrests spiked in fiscal year (FY) 2018 compared to the previous year, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data. Worksite investigations rose by more than 300 percent, and the agency set 10-year highs for the number of I-9 audits conducted and criminal charges filed. President…

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E-Verify Expired During Government Shutdown

“Three-day rule” suspended; most immigration-related services still running E-Verify—the federal electronic employment eligibility verification service—has expired due to a lapse in funding and will not be available during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government that began Dec. 22. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees the program, announced that the website www.e-verify.gov will…

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Preparing the Workplace for Generation Z

During the next few years, we will see an increase in the number of workers entering the workplace who are part of Generation Z. This generation, born after 1995 and now in their 20s, brings a new perspective on personal and professional values, an inherent understanding of technology and an acceptance of diversity unlike those…

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When Employees Leave: Conduct Comprehensive Exit Interviews

Give workers the opportunity to return company property and provide feedback This is the first in a three-part series of articles on what to do when employees leave the business. Today’s article explores how employers should handle exit interviews. The exit interview can be a useful way for employers to protect their property, identify any…

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DOL Opinion Letters Explain Deductions, Bonuses, Exemptions

Letters issued for first time since administration of President George W. Bush The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division may be shifting its emphasis from enforcement to technical assistance, reissuing 17 opinion letters Jan. 5 that clarify the DOL’s stance on salary deductions for full days off, bonuses and the administrative exemption from overtime.…

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