Star Wars geekdom is strong in my family. I have it. My sons have it. My wife… well, she’s coming around. Like many my age, I grew up on the original Star Wars trilogy, idolizing the litany of iconic characters that include Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewy, Darth Vader, and so many others. […]
A bill recently cleared the House that is designed to help employers form association health plans (AHPs), including plans that cross state lines. The Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 1101), sponsored by Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tim Walberg (R-MI), passed on March 22 by a vote of 236 to 175.
The landscape of employee leaves continues to grow in scope, complexity, and unpredictability. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other federal statutes have been joined by state, counties, and city leave laws. At the same time, more large employers look at paid leave as an important recruitment and […]
This article series addresses some of the most confusing real world problems surrounding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In the last installment, we focused on substituting paid leave for FMLA leave. In this article, we’ll look at restoring an employee’s job once they return from leave.
It’s one thing to grasp individual Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rules, but another thing entirely to apply them in the real world. This article series addresses some of the most confusing real world problems. Here we’ll focus on managing the duration of FMLA leave and limits on intermittent and reduced schedule leave.
A federal appeals court will review the temporary injunction blocking new overtime regulations on an expedited schedule that wraps things up even faster than the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had requested. But it still won’t reach a decision until after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, and that could mean the end of the overtime rule, […]
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has requested that an appeals court fast-track its appeal of the injunction blocking the new overtime regulations. But even if the court agrees to DOL’s proposed expedited schedule, it wouldn’t take any action on the injunction until at least February, weeks after President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
This month’s celebration of Veterans Day may have sparked interest among employers to recruit and hire veterans. After all, many employers tout the diversity of thought and skills employees with military experience bring to the workforce. Too often, though, policies and a lack of understanding throw up barriers to bringing veterans on board. State licensing […]
The Congressional Progressive Caucus has encouraged the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to move forward with its “blacklisting” plan for federal contractors, despite a court’s injunction temporarily halting implementing regulations.
Recently, 21 states and a few employer interest groups filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Their argument is that the DOL overstepped its authority.