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Wisconsin Supreme Court to Decide Limits on Non-Solicitation of Employee Clauses

[09/05/17]

Posted on September 5, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Most employers are familiar with the scrutiny afforded non-compete agreements. However, many don’t realize that there are other forms of restrictive covenants potentially subject to that same scrutiny. Today, September 5, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether the state’s law that limits the enforceability of non-compete agreements applies to... READ MORE

New EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Obligations “Suspended Indefinitely”

[08/31/17]

Posted on August 31, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has “suspended indefinitely” the compliance date for the new pay data reporting requirements on the EEO-1 report. Private employers with at least 100 employees will still be required to annually file EEO-1 reports, but the scope of the report will be limited to the same “race/ethnicity and... READ MORE

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USCIS to Implement Additional Hurdles to Adjustment of Status Process

[08/30/17]

Posted on August 30, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On August 29, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that adjustment of status applications based on employment and refugee/asylee petitions will be subject to in-person interviews with immigration officers beginning October 1, 2017. USCIS POLICY CHANGE Although Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) regulations provide a legal basis for requiring all adjustment of... READ MORE

USCIS Denies Applications for Advance Parole Due to International Travel

[08/28/17]

Posted on August 28, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On August 18, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) issued a statement confirming numerous reports of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) denying Form I-131 Applications for Advance Parole where applicants exited the U.S. while the applications were pending. These denials have occurred even where applicants possessed separate, valid advance parole documents or... READ MORE

Medical Residency Programs Potentially Liable Under Title IX—For Resident AND Non-Resident Employees!

[08/22/17]

Posted on August 22, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

As we reported in a previous article, the Third Circuit recently decided in Doe v. Mercy[1] that: 1) the medical residency program of the facility being sued in that case was an “educational program or activity” under Title IX; and 2) the medical resident had standing to sue under Title IX even though the... READ MORE

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Federal Court Sends EEOC’s Mandatory Flu Vaccine Case to Trial on Religious Discrimination Claim

[08/11/17]

Posted on August 11, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Health care employers today regularly impose flu vaccines on their employees. One hospital in North Carolina now faces a trial over whether it violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in treating differently a group of employees who refused to get vaccinated. The Hospital’s Flu Vaccine Policy and Religious Exemption In... READ MORE

Rural Physician Recruitment: Using HPSAs and MUAs to Your Advantage

[07/25/17]

Posted on July 25, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

It is no secret that physician recruitment in rural areas can be challenging for hospitals and other health care entities. Though some doctors may be drawn to living in areas with less hustle and bustle, many prefer areas with larger populations and more opportunities. Rural health care needs are sometimes difficult to address, but... READ MORE

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USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

[07/24/17]

Posted on July 24, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced on July 24, 2017 that it would resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Premium processing allows petitioners to pay a fee to receive a decision from USCIS within 15 calendar days. Without premium processing, wait times can extend for long periods, which delays... READ MORE

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When the Department of Labor Pays a Visit

[07/05/17]

Posted on July 5, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

All employers know that the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is the agency responsible for enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act – the federal law establishing minimum wage and overtime requirements for nearly every employer in the country. What you may not know is that the DOL can audit your workplace with or without... READ MORE

Opinion Letters, Joint Employment and Other Changes at the Department of Labor

[06/30/17]

Posted on June 30, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On June 27, in an anticipated move, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters. The letters were a practice of the DOL for more than 70 years until 2010 when they were eliminated during President Obama’s administration in favor of... READ MORE