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Compliance

How to Review Your Wellness Program for Compliance

May 23, 2017

Employers that offer health benefits to their employees may also offer wellness programs to contain health plan costs, help employees stay healthy and increase employees’ knowledge as health care consumers. Wellness programs – also referred to as disease-management programs, employee wellness plans or programs, corporate wellness programs, or a...

How to Avoid a Compliance Nightmare with the Gig Workforce

May 10, 2017

Gig what? The gig economy has a few monikers: shared economy, human cloud, contingent digital workforce, on-demand workforce. All these names apply to a growing type of work relationship characterized by its nature. The human cloud amounts to an abundance of work that is short term in nature and...

Title VII Review: Sex Discrimination – Where Does Sexual Orientation Fall, In or Out?

April 19, 2017

Most of my clients’ view Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Sex Discrimination as adverse action taken against an employee on the basis of his/her sex, male or female.  Pretty straight forward….right? Well, as of April 4, 2017, the legal waters have just gotten very...

How to Offer Unlimited Sick Leave & Migitigate Risk as an Employer

April 5, 2017

Mitigating Risks of Unlimited Sick Leave Unlimited sick leave policies are gaining popularity as a great addition to an organization’s total rewards package. However, most employers tend to not implement the policies because of the risk factors.  Yes, you might have that occasional employee who abuses the policy, but...

SCA and the ACA: The Cost of Compliance

March 28, 2017

Service Contract Act & Affordable Care Act Requirements Review Recognizing so many of my clients are government contractors, I know it can be tough keeping up with compliance. It gets especially tricky if you have McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) contracts in an already highly regulated industry. With the addition...

The DC Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act Review

February 17, 2017

On February 14, 2017, the Mayor of The District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, did not veto The DC Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 and allowed the bill to pass without her signature. The Washington Business Journal reports, “in a letter to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Wednesday, Bowser...

How to Verify I-9 Documents for Remote Employees

January 18, 2017

As HR consultants, we are all too familiar with the Form I-9 and the requirement of all US employers to complete and maintain a form for each employee hired into their organization. Yet, in many organizations when we conduct an HR compliance audit, we find there to be some...

HR Compliance Checklist for Government Contractors

January 17, 2017

This blog is Part Two of a three-part series on HR Compliance for Government Contractors. Part One addresses the process to follow to determine the applicability different federal regulations to your company, and Part Two provides a walkthrough and checklist to determine applicability of specific laws and executive orders....

Risk Still Exists With FLSA Status Even After Injunction

January 3, 2017

Mitigate Risk with an FLSA Audit December 1st has come and gone, and like many others, you may be relieved that businesses did not have to comply with the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on FLSA White Collar Exemptions because of the Injunction issued on November 22nd by a...

A Review of DC’s New Employment Laws

December 21, 2016

DC Labor Law Compliance Review If you’re in a leadership role at a company based in Washington DC, you’re no stranger to the fact that DC has created numerous employment laws that go above and beyond the standards set at the federal level. If your company is headquartered outside...

New Overtime Changes on Hold…For Now

November 28, 2016

New Overtime Changes on Hold… For Now Less than two weeks before the Department of Labor’s controversial new federal overtime rule was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor from implementing the new rule. The new rule...

How to Know if Federal Contracting Regulations Apply To You

November 16, 2016

One of the biggest concerns my clients have when we begin working together is keeping their business out of trouble with the federal government. If this is of concern to you as well, I’m hopeful this article will help provide a bit of clarity for you as you navigate...

A Review of What You Can’t Say in an Employee Handbook

May 26, 2016

Organizational leaders that I’ve worked with have always had an innate understanding of some of the basic rights of their employees. What I’ve found to be less well understood, even among some in the HR field, are additional rights that employees have which are less intuitive. A number of...

What the DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime Will Cost Businesses

May 19, 2016

White-Collar Exemption Changes Are Here Last March, I wrote an article when the topic of the DOL FLSA White Collar-Exemption change was being discussed.  At that time there was a lot of uncertainty about what the new minimum salary threshold would be; when this rule would take effect; and how much...

Politics in the Workplace: A Review of Our Most FAQ’s Around Election Time

April 26, 2016

  As a consulting firm, we are asked frequently to review company policies and procedures for many of our clients. Around election time, one item that consistently comes up is time off for voting and the do’s and don’ts of how to handle politics in the workplace. Which unfortunately, both of these...