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Human Resources

Hey Compliance Warriors!   How many employers have a policy like the one below?   Confidentiality of Salary and Benefit Information Employees are prohibited from discussing their salary or wage levels and company benefits with other employees. Such information is confidential and may not be discussed in the workplace. Any employee violating this policy will […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors!   On July 27th, the CDC updated its interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people.   Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States. Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors!   Yesterday, the State of California implemented a standard to require all state workers and workers in health care and high-risk congregate settings to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week, and encourage all local government and other employers to adopt a similar protocol.  Read […]

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Attorney Harrison Oldham On June 16, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Rios v. Meda Pharmaceutical, Inc., Tina Cheng-Avery, Glenn Gnirrep, et. al. that a supervisor’s use of an offensive slur – on two occasions – was sufficiently “severe and pervasive” to establish a hostile work environment claim under the New Jersey Law […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors!   The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish standards and procedures to implement and enforce Executive Order 14026, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” signed by President Biden on April 27, 2021.   This Executive Order and its enacting regulations will:   Increase the minimum wage for […]

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This is a good schedule for many companies. There are a few ways to get around overtime if you can manage the schedule. Some people do four 10 hour days. Others do four 9 hour days and one 4 hour day. Here is a great explanation https://www.fisherphillips.com/news-insights/wage-and-hour-laws-blog/what-is-a-9-80-pay-plan.html Here is an example of a 9/80 work schedule. The […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors!   The California Supreme Court issued a game-changing ruling last week regarding premium pay for meal and break periods. Check out this article by attorneys  Allan Bloom, Kate Gold, and Philippe A. Lebel from the Proskauer law firm in California.   On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Ferra v. Loews […]

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Oregon OSHA Issues Temporary Heat Standard On July 8, 2021, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) adopted emergency Heat Illness Prevention rules to establish workplace heat safety requirements that apply when temperatures in a work area reach or exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rules are effective immediately. Learn More   Washington Becomes Second State […]

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Here is a wonderful guide http://fwlbucket.s3-website-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/assets/multimediams/media/TC_YFLEX2_RET_Imp-Guideline_CWW-v1.0.pdf   Here is some sample policy language: Alternative work schedules, including the compressed workweek, are consistent with [company name] efforts toward work/life balance.   A compressed workweek allows full-time employees to work longer days for part of the week or pay period, in exchange for shorter days or a day off each […]

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Attorney Harrison Oldham Do you use non-compete agreements or clauses with your employees?   On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy (the “Order”), which directs the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) “to curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly […]

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