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Updated Hawaii Child Labor Rules

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Each state has its own separate child labor laws, many of them more stringent than the federal laws. Employers need to understand both state and federal laws and which of those apply to their minor workers.

For federal child labor laws, employers in Hawaii now have a ... continue reading

West Virginia Breastfeeding Law

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Posted by Tamara
With the recent passage of the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), employers are now required to provide breastfeeding mothers unpaid time and a private location to express breast milk.

This law is especially significant for West Virginia employers, since West Virginia is the only state ... continue reading

Florida Overtime Warning Affects Employers Nationwide

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A statement made by an attorney for the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) highlights an issue regarding the convenience of technology. The statement made was “An hourly employee with a handheld device such as a Blackberry or cell phone, supplied by the company, is a lawsuit waiting to ... continue reading

Connecticut Common Sense Fails in Court

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A Connecticut employer, or an employer anywhere else in the U.S., may not legally change a woman’s job position or duties simply because she is pregnant. Current medical opinion states that a pregnant employee can do the same things she did prior to the pregnancy for at least the ... continue reading

Colorado Child Labor Law

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
As of July 19, 2010, young people in Colorado and across the nation have new regulations and restrictions on what jobs they make work. On that date, the child labor provisions of the FLSA went into effect and with it the most recent changes to those laws.

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Arizona Breastfeeding Law

Monday, February 14th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The new Health Care Reform Bill amended the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act). This new federal law, commonly referred to as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires companies across the U. S. to provide non-exempt and hourly employees who are breastfeeding a time and place to ... continue reading

New Mexico Overtime Warning

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
New Mexico employers should pay close attention to the results of a recent court case against Walt Disney World. The judgment required the entertainment company to pay over $400,000 in back pay to 69 Florida employees.

The payment was for time worked off the clock–before or after ... continue reading

Georgia Doctor’s Release for Pregnancy

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The 6 th Circuit Court of Appeals recently found an employer of illegal discrimination based on pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a disability under the EEOC, and should not be treated as one. Employers in Georgia or any other state cannot change a worker’s job duties simply because she is ... continue reading

New Michigan Child Labor Rules

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
New regulations have recently been enacted regarding workers under the age of 18. These new federal laws amend the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and went into effect on July 19, 2010.

In conjunction with the new regulations, the U.S. Department of ... continue reading

Federal Breastfeeding Law Under Health Care Reform

Monday, February 7th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Non-exempt and hourly employees, under the new Health Care Reform Bill, are required to be given reasonable unpaid time to express breast milk. The bill, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), specifically states that the duration and frequency of these breaks will vary from ... continue reading

South Carolina Overtime

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Employers in South Carolina and throughout the country are required to keep accurate records of all hours that employees work, whether on or off the premises. The relevant law is the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) which mandates that employees be paid for all hours worked. In ... continue reading

Massachusetts Doctor’s Release Wins in Court

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) does not define pregnancy as a disability. Massachusetts employers are not required under EEOC to provide accommodations for pregnant employees, nor are they allowed to force accommodations upon these employees.

Massachusetts employers and employer throughout the U.S. need to be aware ... continue reading

North Carolina Child Labor

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The U.S. Department of Labor recently released an updated Child Labor Rules Advisor. This release includes changes to FLSA child labor provisions, which were enacted on July 19, 2010.

This new tool will assist employers when working to comply with the new federal child labor laws. It ... continue reading

Florida Breastfeeding Law

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a part of the Health Care Reform Bill, mandates that employers nationwide provide unpaid time for a breastfeeding employee to express breast milk, and a private location to do so.

Under PPACA, the time provided to the employee ... continue reading

Virginia Overtime Warning

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Virginia employers that provide workers with a handheld device, such as a Blackberry or a cell phone, should use the utmost caution. A recent lawsuit against Walt Disney World highlights is a case in point. Although this occurred in Florida, it could just as easily have involved a Virginia ... continue reading

New Hampshire Pregnancy Law

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A recent court case ruled that “common sense” cannot supersede a doctor’s fitness-for-duty release in New Hampshire or any other state. This case, Spees v. James Marine Inc ., involved Heather Spees, a welder, and her employer, James Marine, Inc., regarding Ms. Spees’ pregnancy.

Shortly after being ... continue reading

Updated Alaska Child Labor Rules

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
An updated Child Labor Rules Advisor was recently released by the U. S. Department of Labor. This advisor contains the most recent changes to the FLSA child labor provisions, and is intended to be used by employers striving to comply with the new federal child labor laws.

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Maryland Voting Laws

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Laws regarding time off from work for employees to vote vary from state to state. In Maryland, the employer must give workers time off to vote.

In some states, employers are legally required for provide unpaid time off to vote on Election Day. In the majority of ... continue reading

New Mexico GINA Health Regulations

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
When requesting health information from an employee, employers must not ask about family medical history or any genetic information. Employers must also caution their workers to not reveal this information.

These guidelines are meant to prevent illegal genetic discrimination under GINA the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act which ... continue reading

Mississippi OSHA Plans Increased Inspections

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
OSHA recently issued a memo requiring local offices to implement more inspections and crack down on Mississippi employers who fail to report accidents in the workplace. The action specifically targets factories and companies with many workers at one site, who report much lower injury rates than their competitors.

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Rhode Island Drug Testing Update

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Employers in Rhode Island, according to a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling, are not legally permitted to conduct random drug tests in the workplace. Only when there is a reasonable suspicion that a worker is impaired on the job, is the employer allowed to conduct a drug test. According ... continue reading

Genetic Discrimination in Nebraska

Monday, January 17th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
In 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed. On November 9, 2010, the EEOC issued the final regulations for enforcement of GINA.

What does this mean for Texas employers? The new regulations mean that a Texas employer should warn supervisors to limit inquiries about the ... continue reading

More Tennessee Discrimination Suits on Horizon

Friday, January 14th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling which will make litigation by employees easier in the Volunteer State, than in federal court. The ruling won by a narrow vote of 3 to 2. Tennessee’s Supreme Court consists of 5 justices, currently 2 men and 3 women. As ... continue reading

Montana Worker Safety Inspections

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Montana employers need to be aware of some recent developments in OSHA regulations.

While a number of states have worker safety organizations of their own, in Montana OSHA, a federal agency, oversees worker safety. In 2009, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) launched the National Emphasis Program ... continue reading

New GINA Regulations in Louisiana

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The EEOC recently issued final regulations for enforcement of GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ). These regulations mean that employers must warn employees not to reveal genetic information to the employer, a manager or supervisor.

The new regulations stipulate that Louisiana employers:

Immediately provide employees ... continue reading

Florida Minimum Wage Unchanged in 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
In November of 2004, the voters of Florida voted for an annual minimum wage adjustment. The increase was to be enacted based on the annual CPI ending in August. That law went into effect on January 1, 2005, raising the state minimum to $5.15 per hour. At that time ... continue reading

Missouri 2011 Minimum Wage Still $7.25

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The current Missouri minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage and applies to employers with $500,000 or more in annual revenue, and to businesses engaged in interstate commerce. Any Missouri retail or service business which earns less than $500,000 per year and does not engage in ... continue reading

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Kimberly Zurz, reported that the Ohio minimum wage increased from $7.30 to $7.40 per hour on January 1, 2011. The Ohio minimum wage was unchanged from August 2009 to January 2011, remaining at $7.30 per hour for 17 months.

According ... continue reading

Worker Safety In Maine

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
In previous years, companies that reported no days of work lost, employees on light duty or employees transferred due to a work-related accident weren’t inspected by OSHA.

That policy, however, has changed. OSHA recently issued a memo requiring local offices to implement more inspections and crack down ... continue reading

Vermont Genetic Nondiscrimination Update

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
According to the final regulations for enforcement of GINA recently issued by EEOC, Vermont companies need to train managers and supervisors to caution workers not to reveal genetic information. The regulations for GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, require Vermont employers to:

Notify all employees in writing to ... continue reading