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“Unlucky” Companies Receive New Wave of “To Be Audited” Letters from OFCCP

[02/16/18]

Posted on February 16, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Earlier this month, OFCCP mailed 1,000 letters to unlucky companies notifying them that they are on the agency’s “to be audited” list. Known as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters (“CSALs”), the letters are provided as a courtesy in the hope that the company will be better prepared for the compliance review that is soon to follow.... READ MORE

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It’s EEO-1 Report Filing Season. Are You Doing It Right?

[01/29/18]

Posted on January 29, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Employers rightfully rejoiced last summer when they learned they would not be required to include pay data on their 2017 EEO-1 report. Indeed, as we reported last August, that new and controversial requirement has been put on hold—perhaps forever. But, covered employers are still required to report workforce race/ethnicity and gender information by job category. The deadline... READ MORE

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Update: Wisconsin Supreme Court Treats Non-Solicitation of Employees Clause as a Restrictive Covenant

[01/26/18]

Posted on January 26, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On January 19, 2018, in Manitowoc Co., Inc. v. Lanning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a non-solicitation of employees (“NSE”) clause in an employment contract was covered by the state’s statute limiting the enforceability of covenants not to compete between employers and their employees. The court upheld a lower court decision, which Hall... READ MORE

Department of Labor Modifies Internship Program Guidance

[01/22/18]

Posted on January 22, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) adopted a new test to determine when interns in the for-profit private sector can be excluded from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and issued a revised Fact Sheet (Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards... READ MORE

Hooray for Hollywood. . . Employers, Take Note

[01/12/18]

Posted on January 12, 2018 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Fresh off the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards, which took place on January 7, mainstream and social media alike are abuzz with Oprah Winfrey’s historic acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Winfrey, the first black woman to receive the prestigious award, brought the crowd to its feet on several occasions during her emotional acceptance... READ MORE

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The National Labor Relations Board Concludes 2017 with Several Gifts to Employers

[12/26/17]

Posted on December 26, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently shifted to a Republican majority when President Trump’s two nominations to the Board were confirmed. Additionally, the president’s nomination for general counsel of the NLRB, a former management-side labor law attorney, was sworn in on November 17, 2017. The new Board has hit the ground running and has... READ MORE

No Time Like the Present to (Re)Evaluate and Train on Your Sexual Harassment Policy

[11/30/17]

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

Published by: Hall Render

In the wake of the salacious Harvey Weinstein allegations, the topic of sexual harassment is making the headlines…again. The Weinstein story followed right on the heels of the various (and seemingly ongoing) harassment-related woes of Fox News, which, in turn, followed on the heels of the developments that came to light on the presidential... READ MORE

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EEOC Challenges Return-to-Work Policies Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

[11/29/17]

Posted on November 29, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Another Reason to Review Your Medical Leave of Absence Policies and Practices The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has long maintained that inflexible leave of absence policies violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). One national employer (an airline and one of its regional carriers) recently entered into a 35-page consent decree with... READ MORE

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Employee Benefit Provisions in the House Tax Reform Bill

[11/07/17]

Posted on November 7, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives released the text and summary of H.R.1, their promised tax reform bill. The short title of the bill is the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” It is the first substantive shot fired in the tax reform war that the Republican leadership intends to wage... READ MORE

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Will 2017 Tax Reform Impact Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans?

[10/02/17]

Posted on October 2, 2017 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On Wednesday, September 28, 2017, the Trump administration and the so-called “Big 6” revealed an outline for tax reform entitled “Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” The Big 6 include Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House... READ MORE