Employer Reporting Requirements

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    In February 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) once again announced that it was going to change the rules for Board-conducted elections. This time, there is a properly appointed five-member NLRB. The Board's previous attempt to change the election rules failed because the courts held that it didn't have a proper quorum to adopt new...
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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it's filing a lawsuit against an employer for 13 separate incidents in which employees were given oneto three-day suspensions for reporting injuries that occurred on the job. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated the whistleblower provisions of the...
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    On February 19, 2014, Extended Stay Hotels agreed to pay $75,800 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a female employee. According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Extended Stay paid Latoya Weaver less than male guest service...
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    Beginning January 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require large employers (with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent, or FTE, employees) to offer minimum essential health insurance coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees (and their dependents) or pay a penalty on all full-time employees (not including the...
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    In December, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised memorandum of understanding (MOU) for all E- Verify participants (employer agents, employers using employer agents, and Web services users). Current users will not have to execute a new MOU; however, they must abide by the new terms and conditions as of January 8, 2014...
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    On September 26, 2013, the FAR Council and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued notices of proposed rulemaking that would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to strengthen protections against human trafficking in federal contracts. Proposed regulations As...
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    You've had a serious injury in the workplace. What do you do? Call 911. Follow the dispatcher's directions on giving lifesaving medical care. If there's a possibility that a criminal act occurred, ask for the police, too. Call the employee's family. If a fatality occurred or if several people were hospitalized, call the Occupational Safety...
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    On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited, an Indian IT company, entered into a settlement with the U.S. government in which it agreed to pay $34 million for alleged immigration-related violations. The largest immigration fine ever ends almost three years of investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. State Department...
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    Twice a year, executive agencies of the federal government prepare statements of regulatory and deregulatory policies and priorities that are under consideration. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) compiles the statements and prepares a Unified Regulatory Agenda for public review. The fall 2013 agenda was issued at the end of November. Here...
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    Q How long do we have to retain applications for candidates who have been interviewed but not hired? Do we need to keep them at all? A Yes, in almost all situations, you need to retain the job applications of candidates whom you didn't hire. How long the applications must be kept depends on the applicable law. Federal laws such as Title VII, the...
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