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Breaking Down the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) recently turned 80—an anniversary celebration that went largely unnoticed by national news media, perhaps, for good reason. Despite its past and current role in regulating working conditions and workers’ rights, many feel the law is outdated and in need of a rewrite.

USCIS Denied a Record Number of Work Visas in 2018

You don’t need to visit the southern border or Congress to see the political firestorm surrounding immigration firsthand. Just ask your HR team.

As first reported by the Cato Institute in November, data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reveals a spike in denials for visas, work permits, and green cards. Since 2016, immigration denials have steadily increased by 37 percent. In total, over 623,000 denials were issued last year—the highest since the USCIS started reporting the information in 2013. 

E-Verify Shuts Down, Leaving Employers in Flux

You don’t need to work in Washington to feel the impact of a partial government shutdown.

As Democrats and Republicans meet to broker a deal to restore government funding, one critical onboarding tool has found itself in the crossfire. E-Verify, the online service used by employers to confirm new hires’ authorization to work in the U.S., has been shut down until lawmakers and President Donald Trump can agree on a funding bill.

Over 80 HR Laws Take Effect on Jan. 1

Forget the champagne and confetti—HR teams have a different kind of New Year’s tradition.

Every January, states and cities across the country enact laws impacting company policies and employee wages. While the Trump administration has slowed regulations at the federal level, local activity has remained fast and furious. Over 80 new employer requirements will take effect on January 1, 2019, involving workplace issues ranging from overtime exemption to criminal history access.

Key Q1 Dates for HR

Returning to work after the holidays can be challenging for any department, but HR knows they’ll be greeted by a slew of important upcoming dates. Between launching new initiatives and kicking off tax season, HR has their hands full as soon as they walk back into the office. Don’t let these dates catch your team off guard. We’ve rounded up key holidays, dates, and deadlines for the first quarter to make sure you’re ready for the new year.

IRS Updates 2019 ACA Reporting Deadline

While the holiday season is just gearing up, the IRS has an early gift for employers. The agency has pushed back a critical Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for the fourth year in a row.

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Who is Eligible for FMLA Coverage?

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed in 1993 to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave per year for qualifying medical or personal circumstances. However, employees and HR professionals alike can sometimes struggle with the nuances of the law. In this article, we’ll break down who exactly is covered by the FMLA.

Your Form I-9 Audit Checklist

Among all the proverbial “HR nightmares” professionals face, few scenarios loom larger than a workplace immigration raid or Form I-9 audit. Now for employers, that dreaded knock at the door has never been likelier.
 

Is Gambling at Work Legal?

If you’re going to succeed in HR, you’ll need a good poker face. Unfortunately, it's a safe bet that you won't be the only one sitting at the table. 

While it might lack the glitz and glamor of a Vegas casino, your workplace has likely seen its fair share of gambling. From lottery pools to sports bracket challenges, seemingly innocent wagers can carry big risks. Gambling remains highly regulated in most states and flat-out prohibited in others. Beyond legality, there are ethical questions to consider, too.

HR’s Guide to Pregnancy and Reasonable Accommodation

It’s not easy being an expectant mother and working full-time. Having to take time off for prenatal care, physical discomfort, and fatigue can all affect a woman’s ability to work. Still, many women work far into their pregnancies with great success thanks to the help and understanding of their company. While many companies try to make expectant mothers more comfortable at work, pregnancy discrimination is still rampant in the modern workplace. Between 2010 and 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received over 28,000 pregnancy discrimination charges.