HR Announcements

Annual VEVRAA Benchmark Updated

On March 31, 2017, the annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark was updated to 6.7 percent. The hiring benchmark was previously 6.9 percent. Federal contractors and subcontractors who adopted the previous year’s benchmark...

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Officially Revoked

On March 27, 2017, President Trump officially put an end to Executive Order 13673 – Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces, also known as the “Blacklisting” executive order.   President Trump’s Order directs the Department of Labor and other executive agencies to “consider...

District of Columbia Paid Family and Medical Leave

On February 15, 2017, the Mayor of the District of Columbia announced that she would not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendments Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”). This Act will create the most generous paid family and medical leave benefit in the nation by...

Labor and Employment Alert: 21st Century Cures Act

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) into law. The 21st Century Cures Act contains two provisions that relate to group health coverage. Healthcare Reimbursement The Act suspends the application of the excise tax through...

New I9 Form Has Arrived

The long awaited new I-9 form was released by USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) on November 14, 2016. Effective January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new form. Employers may continue using the current Form I-9 (with a revision date of March 8,...

White Collar Exemption Temporarily Blocked

A federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injuction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) White Collar overtime rule on November 22, 2016.  The White Collar Exemption rule would have expanded overtime protections to anyone earning less than $913...

Montgomery County, Maryland Sick and Safe Leave Law

On October 1, 2016, the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill goes into effect for Montgomery County, Maryland.  The new law provides paid leave for all employees working in the county; employers who are physically located in Montgomery County or who are based outside of...

New Illinois Non-Compete Law

Effective 1/1/2017, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which was signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, will restrict non-compete agreements with certain employees in Illinois.  Specifically, the new law prohibits private sector employers from entering into a...

New Colorado Posting Requirements

The state of Colorado has released two posters for immediate posting by employers in their Colorado workplaces. The posting requirements are as follows: Colorado Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Notice. This Act provides information about fairness to pregnant workers and...

Health Care Reform Updates

Companies may receive notices from Health Insurance Marketplaces notifying them of any employees who may have enrolled in a Marketplace plan.  The following link provides some sample notices that employers could receive http://go.cms.gov/29QbeG5 Since employers can be...

New Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark

The 2016 annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark has been set to 6.9 percent. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) calculates the annual VEVRAA benchmark near the beginning of March, and the effective...

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