Human Resources News & Insights

Penalties for employment law violations just increased … again

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), for the second time in just six months, are raising the penalties for employment law violations. 

Stuck in OT rule limbo? 3 ways to reduce your legal vulnerability

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule is officially on hold. But other than that, not much else is certain with the rule — and that’s a problem for employers. 

Feds pump out even more Obamacare instructions

If you believe Republicans on Capitol Hill, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t long for this world. Still, the Obama administration continues to clarify how businesses are supposed to comply with the law’s many provisions. 

DOL and IRS want a closer look at your retirement plan

Two of the most-feared government agencies for employers — the DOL and IRS — have decided there’s a real problem with the way retirement plans are being run, and they’re ramping up their audits to find out why that is.

2 interesting developments for DOL’s overtime rule, injunction

Two very interesting things happened involving the DOL’s overtime rule while you were out of the office over the holidays. 

New DOL rule: Cities can start private-sector retirement plans

Employers within certain large cities and political subdivisions that don’t already offer their employees a retirement plan may soon have more administrative work on their hands. 

AFL-CIO wants to defend overtime rule in court if DOL can’t: What now?

Just when employers think time may be running out on the DOL’s legal defense of its overtime rule, someone tries to throw the agency a lifeline. 

Where Trump’s DOL pick stands on 3 major issues: ACA, OT, wages

Here’s where Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s pick to be the next secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), stands on business regulation: He’s not a fan. 

Bottom line: Here’s what DOL’s appeal of OT injunction means for rule, employers

As expected, the DOL has appealed a Texas court’s injunction of the agency’s new overtime rule. Then, it asked for the appeals process to be expedited. So where does that leave employers and the rule itself? 

9 FMLA record-keeping requirements employers need to know

When an employee goes on FMLA leave, it can pay to double-check that your FMLA record-keeping processes are up to snuff in case your FMLA administration/processes are ever called into question.