Philadelphia recently became the latest jurisdiction to join what appears to be a nationwide movement to “ban the box” — that is, the box on employment applications that asks job seekers to disclose criminal history. The new ordinance becomes effective on July 13, 2011. Prior to this date, employers subject to the law should revise … Continue Reading
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an employer may be held liable for retaliating against an employee who did not engage in any protected activity, but who has a close relationship with another employee who did engage in protected activity.
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The California election results are unlikely to signal that "Happy Days Are Here Again" for California employers. Companies with California employees should start reviewing their compliance processes and risk management measures.
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As previously reported here, the California legislature ended its regular session by sending a mixed bag of bills to the Governor for consideration. Most were vetoed but those that were signed into law present some new challenges and opportunities on topics ranging from organ donor leave to meal period relief for some employers to a … Continue Reading
From Terence P. McCourt of GT Boston. Thanks and welcome to Terry! Two new bills recently signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick contain important provisions affecting personnel practices for employers doing business in Massachusetts. The new laws regulate criminal record inquiries on job applications, and create new notification requirements related to employee personnel … Continue Reading
According to a report issued this week by the Treasury Department, employers who have hired previously unemployed workers this year are eligible for an estimated $10.4 billion in tax breaks under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. The Act, which was enacted in March of this year, provides payroll and business tax incentives to … Continue Reading
Employers may soon face new requirements in the Department of Labor’s efforts to reform the unemployment insurance program. On Monday, the Department announced that it had introduced legislation designed to combat fraud and reduce the overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, more than $11.4 billion in unemployment benefits … Continue Reading
As expected, on April 15, 2010 President Obama signed into law an extension of the COBRA premium subsidy through May 31, 2010 (Continuing Extension Act of 2010). An individual is eligible for the subsidy if the individual elects COBRA coverage after an involuntary termination of employment. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA … Continue Reading