How does the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) protect genetic information? "Under GINA, under Title II, it is unlawful for an employer to acquire, use, or disclose an employee's genetic information." Ruth N. Mackey explained in a recent BLR webinar. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the ways an employer can […]
When the DOL (Department of Labor) comes calling, there could be big bucks at stake, says BLR® Legal Editor Susan Prince, JD. In today’s Advisor, Prince clarifies DOL’s rights during investigations. Although no industry is immune from a wage and hour investigation, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has targeted low-wage industries with vulnerable, and […]
The federal government resumed operations this week. As the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division gets up and running, operations to enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act are likely to resume quickly. Smart employers should brush up on DOL enforcement basics so they’re prepared. DOL is authorized by the FLSA to investigate and […]
Yesterday, we looked at some of the EEO-1 reporting requirements. Today, the stiff penalties you face for noncompliance—and a webinar that will help you get it all sorted out.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new budget request pushes programs to help veterans and the long-term unemployed while continuing priorities from previous years, including efforts to fight misclassification of workers as independent contractors. The DOL’s fiscal year 2014 budget requests $12.1 billion in discretionary funding—money Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris said will be […]
Medical marijuana laws at the state level create a bit of a conundrum for employers. How can an employer enforce a drug and alcohol policy when there is a drug on the market that is legally prescribed for medicinal use in their state but still illegal for any use at the federal level? Can employers […]
Companies that violate the federal government contractor laws risk not just fines and citations from the U.S. Department of Labor, but also debarment that prevents them from bidding on any other federal contracts for a specified period. For a company that relies predominantly on federal contracts, or that was depending on a financial infusion from […]
How do you know whether to classify someone as an independent contractor or employee? Is it enough to have a contract in place that specifies that someone is not considered an employee? While most employees hope they have it right, misclassifying employees as independent contractors costs the federal government $2.72 billion every year, according to […]
Are all your employees accurately classified as exempt or nonexempt? Are you sure? The costs of misclassification can add up quickly, and the DOL estimates that nearly 70 percent of employers are not in compliance. You shouldn’t risk it. By learning how to conduct an internal payroll self-audit that evaluates your current policies and practices, […]
When it comes to immigration enforcement, no employer is immune from immigration scrutiny. An organization that ignores problems with its procedures in this area is risking ruinous fines and penalties. You have an obligation to hire only workers who are legally authorized to work in the United States.