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Colorado becomes the 13th State to “Ban the Box” – Prohibiting Employers from Inquiring about Criminal Convictions on Initial Employment Applications

Colorado employers should review and, if necessary, revise job applications to remove questions about criminal history. Colorado has joined a growing number of states and municipalities to pass “ban the box” laws, which prohibit employers from asking job applicants about

Posted in Labor & Employment

Update on Local Sick Pay Laws in Texas

The Texas legislative session has come to a close, and the much expected law banning cities from implementing sick leave ordinances and similar employment laws failed to make it to the Governor’s desk. The reason for the collapse of the

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Posted in Benefits, Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Nine Questions Answered About the Proposed Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance

The proposed Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance, introduced in the City Council on May 29, 2019, would require certain Chicago employers to publish employees’ schedules two weeks in advance and limit their ability to change employees’ schedules or impose mandatory overtime

Posted in Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing Applicants

What questions are considered illegal to ask during the interview process? Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews discuss interview do’s and don’ts as well as best practices. About The Authors

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Posted in Labor & Employment

#No Filter: Terminating an Employee for Social Media Posts

Prior to the advent of social media and especially the #MeToo movement, employers were generally comfortable drawing a bright line between what employees did on their own time and workplace misconduct.  Those bygone times, however, have been replaced by a

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Update on Texas Legislature Bill to Reverse Austin Sick Pay Law

At the beginning of the Texas Legislature session this year, it seemed like a slam dunk that conservative lawmakers would stop Austin and other cities in their tracks in their efforts to pass employment laws like mandatory sick pay. Senate

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Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

The Joint Employer Rollercoaster Continues: DOL Announces Proposed Changes

For the past several years, the issue of joint employer status has been in a constant state of flux, creating uncertainty for employers.  In an effort to clarify this issue, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a proposed rule on

Posted in DOL, Labor & Employment

DOL Launches New Pilot Program on Discretionary Suspensions and Debarments

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new pilot program for discretionary suspension and debarments to “ensure accountability and protect the federal government” from companies that have engaged in inappropriate or illegal conduct. The pilot program will be

Posted in DOL, Labor & Employment

4 Steps Employers Must Take to Ensure FCRA Compliance

What are the four primary steps that employers must take in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) process for onboarding an applicant? Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews discuss FCRA requirements and how employers can protect themselves from liability. About The

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U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Notice to Update “Regular Rate” Regulations

Breaking its 50-year silence on the matter, on March 28 the U.S. Department of Labor announced its intention to update the federal regulations explaining how to calculate the “regular rate of pay” for non-exempt employees. Accurately calculating the regular rate

Posted in Labor & Employment
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