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Live From #SHRMLeg 2017: State and Local Employment Trends to Watch

With the White House and both chambers of Congress controlled by Republicans, HR is waiting to see what changes the federal government might hold in store for employers this year. But it would be a grave mistake to forget about… continue

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Is Minimum Wage Momentum Slowing Down?

2016 proved to be a momentous year for the minimum wage, as seven states and 18 localities passed new laws and ordinances establishing or increasing minimum wages.
What does 2017 hold in store?
Although the movement to raise the minimum… continue

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Host of New Employment Laws Ring in the New Year

Deregulation may be in the air at the federal level, but that’s certainly not the case in many states. As the calendar turned to 2017, a host of new state employment laws took effect which go well beyond federal requirements.… continue

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A More Employer-Friendly Wage and Hour Division Expected Under Trump

When Donald Trump becomes president on January 20, most experts predict that the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will take a more employer-friendly approach toward enforcement.
“For at least the next four years, you’re going to… continue

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Got Questions About the New FLSA Overtime Rules? We’ve Got Answers

Barring a last-minute legislative change or court injunction, we’re now just a month away from when the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules take effect on December 1.

Hopefully, you and your company have already taken steps to… continue

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Employee Handbooks Can Help Retailers Meet Unique Compliance Challenges

As if high turnover rates, seasonal demand and supply chain management weren’t difficult enough, retail employers face a variety of compliance challenges that are unique to their industry.
Some states and municipalities have enacted requirements that apply specifically — and… continue

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States Increasingly Preempting Pro-Employee City Laws

 
With various employment-related ordinances, such as minimum wage and paid sick leave laws trending on a local level, employers are probably wondering, is my city next?  Maybe, maybe not.
While local employment laws may be on the rise, state… continue

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Why the Gig Economy Is a Game Changer for Employers

With the number of freelance or contract workers very much on the rise, a new term “the gig economy” has grown along with it. The gig economy refers to the contingent workforce operating in a digital marketplace, and Fisher Phillips… continue

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HR Intel: Chipotle Struggling with the Whole HR Enchilada

It’s been a rough year for Chipotle, but sadly for the broker of burritos, there’s no end in sight to the bad press. Last August, an outbreak of E. coli bacteria and norovirus forced Chipotle to close dozens of stores… continue

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Patchwork of Laws Makes Employee Classification Harder Than Ever for California Employers

Employee classification has always been difficult for employers in California due to differences between California law and federal law.
Until recently, the most significant difference has been that California requires that most overtime-exempt employees spend at least 50 percent of… continue

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