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    Is winter weather giving you the wage and hour law blues? Here are a few of the questions I received from clients during winter storms, along with my answers. The answers are based on Rhode Island and federal law. Keep in mind that you also must comply with your own inclement weather policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements that...
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    One of employers' most common complaints about administering Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is employees' tendency to abuse intermittent leave. When combatting this type of fraud, employers must navigate tricky U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations as well as federal court rulings that limit the type of information that can be...
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    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) subjects employers to many requirements for paying wages to nonexempt employees (typically hourly workers). Subject to minimum wage and overtime requirements, an employer may deduct amounts from an employee's wages for things such as uniforms, property damage, tools, and cash shortages. Other deductions, such as...
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    In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury Department released final mental health parity regulations that implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). The MHPAEA applies to most employers with more than...
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    As many of you know, whenever the Maryland Legislature is in session, all Maryland employers have reason to be concerned. This year, the legislature is considering a number of bills that, if enacted, could present significant hardships for employers in Maryland. Let's take a look at some of these legislative initiatives. Minimum wage bill...
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    Q We provide income tax audit representation and have access to private and financial information for our members. Can we still ask about criminal convictions on our applications? A Absolutely. Any employer can ask about criminal convictions on employment applications. The caveat is what you do with the applicant's answer. You need to know the...
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    Every year employers watch flu season approach like a hurricane spinning out of control. It charges quickly toward land, and we are helpless to stop it. Try as we might to institute the best preventive measures, flu season descends on us, resulting in lost productivity and hitting employers' bottom lines. Employers work tirelessly to improve...
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    Legislators have returned to Montpelier. One bill employers may want to watch closely this session relates to the provision of paid family leave. Particulars of the proposal House Bill 652 was introduced on January 21, 2014, and has been referred to the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. The bill proposes establishing a...
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    The 2014 legislative session has begun in Virginia. Among the many laws being proposed, there are a number that may have a significant impact on Virginia employers. Here's a quick rundown. Proposals in the house House Bill (HB) 32: minimum wage. This bill, proposed by Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Richmond), would increase the minimum wage...
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    In theory, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that recognizes an employee’s need for unforeseen leave while minimizing the costs and efforts of the employer. It sounds simple enough to say that an employee can receive up to 12 weeks (or, up to 26 weeks where applicable) of unpaid leave a year for certain reasons and can then...

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