The Department of Labor announced new rules today that better define what perks and benefits may be excluded from the regular rate of pay when calculating overtime.

The Department of Labor announced new rules today that better define what perks and benefits may be excluded from the regular rate of pay when calculating overtime. The DOL summarized what may be excluded from the regular rate as follows: the cost of providing certain parking benefits
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Supreme Court Steers Transportation Workers Away From Arbitration

In New Prime Inc. v. Oliveria, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion, holding that Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) limits the scope of a court’s authority to stay litigation and compel arbitration when addressing “contracts of employment of seamen,
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Sexual Harassment Settlements and Confidentiality

Sexual Harassment Settlements and Confidentiality – Keep it quiet and you’ll lose the tax deduction. There has been much ado about the confidential settlement of sexual harassment claims. And while no one was looking, Congress took a big step toward making confidentiality expensive. A
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Arizona House Bill Proposes to Void Confidentiality Agreements in Cases of Alleged Sexual Harassment or Assault

The Arizona House of Representatives will soon be considering legislation that makes confidentiality agreements in cases of alleged sexual assault or sexual harassment “void and unenforceable.”  This bill, House Bill (“HB”) 2020, was filed in the Arizona House of Representatives
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A Flurry of New California Laws Going Into Effect January 1, 2018

Monday was California Governor Jerry Brown’s final day to sign new legislation.  This included a flurry of new laws impacting California employers.  All new legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2018.  Highlights below. New Parent Leave Act for Small Employers (SB 63)  This New P
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Compliance With California’s New Transgender Regulations

Effective July 1, 2017, California issued a new set of regulations expanding protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) related to the transgender community. Transitioning/Transitioned Employees The new regulations expressly prohibit discrimination against an indiv
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Revised Form I-9 Now Available

In an effort to become more user-friendly, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office (“USCIS”) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, in July of this year.  All employers must use the revised form starting September 18, 2017. T
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PSL – Time for a Review

Beginning July 1, 2017, Arizona employers were required to begin allowing their employees to accrue paid sick leave (“PSL”) under the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, Arizona’s new paid sick leave law. The Basics • Employees must accrue 1 hour of PSL for every 30 hours worked. • E
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