View Post

ThinkHR’s Take Your Dog to Work Day Best Practices

Tomorrow, June 23, is Take Your Dog to Work Day. For some businesses, like ThinkHR, dogs are always welcome. On any given day, we have two to three pups under desks, in meetings, and sometimes scampering across conference room tables. Even though we’re accustomed to our furry friends, we’ve put extra thought and planning into tomorrow’s event to ensure …

Senate Releases Health Care Proposal

This morning, Senate Republicans released their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), the Senate proposal adopts H.R. 1628, the bill narrowly passed last month by the House of Representatives, but replaces all the text. The Senate proposal was released without going through committee review or being …

Ask the Experts: Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace

Question: Our employee with a disability has asked to bring his service dog to work, but we have two employees in the office who are allergic to dogs. What can we do to accommodate everyone’s needs? Answer: According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), if the service animal has been trained to help with the employee’s medical needs, …

Federal Employment Law Update – June 2017

Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule takes effect. The rule requires retirement plan advisors to recommend investments that are in a plan participants’ best interest regardless of fees or commissions. It also expands the definition of an investment advice fiduciary under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). …

California Employment Law Update – June 2017

San Jose Minimum Wage Poster The City of San Jose updated its minimum wage poster to reflect the city’s minimum wage increase to $12 per hour, from $10.50 per hour, effective July 1, 2017. See the poster Source: Think HR Blog & Updates

Colorado Employment Law Update – June 2017

Uninsured Employer Act On June 6, 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation (H.B. 1119) creating the Colorado Uninsured Employer Fund. The fund provides a mechanism for the payment of covered claims to workers injured while employed by employers who have failed to obtain and maintain the required workers’ compensation insurance, and to avoid excessive delay in payment and …

Connecticut Employment Law Update – June 2017

Child Support Withholding Orders and Workers’ Compensation On June 6, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation (H.B. 7037) to improve income withholding for child support. Under the legislation, when an obligor makes a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, the employer must include a copy of any order for withholding it received with its first report of occupational illness …

Florida Employment Law Update – June 2017

Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act On June 9, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation (S.B. 436) prohibiting a school district from discriminating against students, parents, or school personnel on the basis of religious viewpoints or expression. The law also prohibits penalty or reward for a student’s religious expression in coursework, artwork, or other specified assignments. The …

Maine Employment Law Update – June 2017

Sexual Harassment Workplace Training Updated On June 8, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed legislation (H.P. 1016) to coordinate and enforce existing workplace training requirements. Under the law, the Maine Human Rights Commission will provide the required sexual harassment workplace poster on its website. In addition, the law requires the Maine Department of Labor to develop a compliance checklist …

Minnesota Employment Law Update – June 2017

Nonresident Entertainer Tax Updated In its Withholding Tax Fact Sheet 11, the Minnesota Department of Revenue (department) revised guidelines for the personal income withholding tax responsibilities of nonresident entertainers, entertainment entities, and promoters to update their processes for electronic deposits. Promoters, nonresident entertainers, and entertainment entities may make their tax deposits electronically through e-Services, but must still mail a …