An Early Gift for Employers: Recent NLRB Decisions Create More Predictability

Twas eleven days before Christmas, when all through the land, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it was taking a stand. What came as welcome news just two weeks ago, appears to be a mere preview to a really great show. As children wrote letters to Santa full of holiday wishes, the new NLRB General Counsel released a …

Pennsylvania Law Update- November 2017

Whistleblower Protections for City of Philadelphia Contractors On November 13, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney signed an executive order providing whistleblower protections for city workers or city contractors who report potential wage or wrongdoing by supervisors or co-workers. The order includes the following: Specific definitions of retaliation, good faith reporting, and whistleblowers. Protections for covered employees against retaliation after …

New Jersey Law Update- November 2017

Random Drug Testing for Direct Care Staff Applicants and Employees On October 6, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation (A.B. 2503) requiring applicants for direct care staff member positions at facilities or programs requiring direct contact with individuals with developmental disabilities to undergo drug testing for controlled dangerous substances as a condition of employment. The law also …

Missouri Law Update- November 2017

2018 Minimum Wage According to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Missouri minimum wage for 2018 is $7.85 per hour. The rate is effective January 1, 2018. See the state website Source: Think HR Blog & Updates

California Law Update- November 2017

Posting Updates In November 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing released a new Transgender Rights in the Workplace poster, and the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Cal/OSHA Safety and Health Protection on the Job poster was updated. The transgender rights poster must be posted by January 1, 2018; the required safety poster has an October 2017 …

Federal Law Update-November 2017

OSHA Delays Electronic Filing of Form 300A On November 22, 2017, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the delay of the required electronic filing of OSHA Form 300A, Annual Summary, until December 15, 2017. The electronic filing requirement applies to establishments that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 …

Ask the Experts: Inviting Temporary and Contract Workers to Holiday Parties

Question: Can we invite temporary workers (those from an outside agency) and contractors to our company holiday party? Answer: Inviting temporary and contract workers to your holiday party would be a company decision. Expressing your thanks to those vendors, including temporary workers, who have helped your business thrive over the year is a nice gesture. Of course, similar liabilities …

DOL Delays New Rules for Disability Benefit Claims

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a Final Rule that delays implementation of new claim rules for disability benefits through April 1, 2018. This 90-day delay is intended to give the DOL, insurers, employers, and other interested parties additional time to review the new rules. The DOL is collecting public comments through December 11, …

Social Security Wage Base for 2018 – Corrected

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a correction in the wage base that will be used in computing Social Security taxes for 2018. The corrected amount is $128,400. The SSA had previously announced the 2018 wage base last month. It is highly unusual for any changes to be made after the announcement. The SSA explains that this change …

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The Cobra Payment Process: Third Parties & Shortfalls

As we wrap up our series on the COBRA Payment Process, in this post we will discuss payments by third parties as well as insignificant payment shortfalls. This wraps up our blog series which featured articles on Grace Periods, Notifications, and Premium Payment Methods. Third Party Payment Plan administrators must accept COBRA premium payments from anyone making payments on behalf …