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24 October 2016

California “Time Off to Vote” Notices

The California Elections Code section 14001 requires employers to post a notice to employees advising them of provisions for taking paid leave for the purpose of voting in statewide elections. A sample of this notice, as well as a notice to employers regarding time off for voting, is available below as a PDF download. You can also call the Elections Division at...
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19 October 2016

State and Local Law Update

One of the most difficult things for human resource and absence management professionals to do is to keep up with changing State and local laws. Below is a brief summary of some new laws of interest: Berkeley, California: The Berkeley City Council has passed a paid sick leave ordinance that will be effective October 1, 2017. Two competing ballot measures regarding...
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18 October 2016

Safety Notice: Samsung Expands Recall to All Galaxy Note7 Devices

In light of recent events surrounding the Galaxy Note7, a smartphone that has been prone to overheat and pose a safety risk, manufacturer Samsung has announced an expanded voluntary recall on all original and replacement Galaxy Note7 devices sold or exchanged in the United States. Samsung is asking consumers with a Galaxy Note7 to power the device down and contact the carrier...
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12 October 2016

District Court States Medical Exams Fit in Voluntary Wellness Programs

A recent court decision gives insight into what employers may require for wellness initiatives tied to benefit plans. On September 19, 2016, the Eastern District of Wisconsin decided on the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Orion Energy Systems, granting summary judgment in part favoring Orion Energy Systems’ argument that their wellness program was voluntary. The case will...
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11 October 2016

For Schools: Combating the Big Cost behind Small Groups

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) definition of a “small group” employer increased to 100 or fewer employees, it meant a lot more than a titular shift—especially for schools. Based on ACA requirements effective January 1 of this year, schools formerly considered a “large group” employer, with more than 50 but less than 100 employees, are now defined as “small group” at...
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04 October 2016

When the DOL Calls Your Office

On a Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m., when most people are enjoying their first cup of coffee or catching up on headlines, I began my day meeting with Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefit Plan Investigators. While that might sound a little intimidating at first, I was actually taking part in an informative meeting on the topic of “What to expect from...
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03 October 2016

DOL Issues Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to implement Executive Order (EO) 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The EO was signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015 and requires certain Federal contractors to provide their employees with up to 56 hours of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care....
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30 September 2016

National Campus Safety Awareness: Let’s Keep this Conversation Going

As September comes to a close, so does National Campus Safety Awareness Month—but that certainly doesn’t mean the conversation should. In fact, as we’ve highlighted throughout the month, the topic of safety and risk management within the classroom, on campus and even during field trips or travels is one that we should focus on year-round. From students to faculty and...
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