Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently implemented many employer-favorable changes,* OSHA’s enforcement arm remains active investigating and fining employers. Below are three ways OSHA inspections are changing in 2019: [...]
The partial government shutdown continues. The shutdown has captured the attention of Washington politicians and the media, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of federal employees who are currently furloughed or working without pay. [...]
On Dec. 3, 2018 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule that would change the process for submitting petitions under the H-1B cap that opens every April. [...]
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released its Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda. One item on the agenda dealt with the “Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap Subject Aliens.” The item stated that USCIS proposes to establish an electronic registration program [...]
The Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (which covers Wisconsin) recently addressed a Wisconsin law that provides employees the opportunity to revoke their authorization for union dues deductions with just 30 days of notice. In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that federal law preempted the Wisconsin law. [...]
On Sept. 27, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that Wisconsin will be the first state in the nation to allow employers to appeal unemployment determinations through an online portal. [...]
Effective Sept. 21, 2018, employers and background check companies must provide updated Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosures to employees and consumers. Specifically, employers must provide employees either the updated Summary of Consumer Rights or the Summary of Consumer Identity Theft Rights. [...]
The Department of Labor has finally issued revised FMLA forms. There are no changes to the forms except for the expiration date which is now August 31, 2021. The forms are available here: [...]
The filing season for the VETS-4212 Report (Report) officially opened on Aug. 1, 2018 and will close Sept. 30, 2018. Federal contractors and subcontractors who have entered into a single contract or subcontract in the amount of $150,000 or more with any department or agency of the United States for [...]
August means pool parties, family vacations and back to school preparations. Employers should remain mindful that employees may seek leave to attend school orientations and meetings as the summer break comes to a close. Naturally, employees may use PTO, vacation or other paid leave to attend to these tasks, but [...]
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