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PER Human Resources – September 2021

PER Human Resources – September 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena? Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, but it’s also resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!


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Strategies to Maintain Workplace Wellbeing and Mental Health

According to the WHO, approximately 264 million people suffer from depression with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. A recent WHO-led study estimates depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

Workplaces promoting mental health and supporting employees are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and benefit from associated economic gains.

Read on for 5 ways employers can ensure the wellbeing and mental health of their employees.


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Question: How can employers improve workplace productivity?

Read on for 8 easy-to-implement strategies.

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FEDERAL / ALL STATES
Delta Air Lines Charges Unvaccinated Workers $200 Monthly Surcharge

Developments on Various States Biometric Legislation

Tougher E-Verify Enforcement is on the Horizon

White House Announces Nursing Homes Risk Losing Funding Unless They Mandate Vaccinations

STATE UPDATES
CALIFORNIA:
Vaccine Verification and Testing Mandated for CA School Workers

ILLINOIS:
Illinois Amended Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act for Greater Employee Protections

Illinois Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

MASSACHUSETTS:
Boston Mandates Indoor Face Coverings for the 1st Time During COVID

OREGON:
Oregon Mandates Vaccination of Healthcare Workers

PENNSYLVANIA:
Pennsylvania Appellate Court Affirms State Medical Marijuana Law Provides Private Right of Action

Pittsburgh Expands COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave


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This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – August 2021

PER Human Resources – August 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena? Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, but it’s also resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!


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Top Challenges for Employers and HR Professionals in a post-COVID-19 World

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever impacted how we work. For the foreseeable future, organizations will be establishing new ways of working while grappling with the new norms shaping their day-to-day. Along the way, there will also be challenges to manage.

Read on for the top 5 challenges employers and HR professionals will be coping with in a post-COVID-19 world.


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Question: Are there signs an employee is about to quit their job?

Read on to learn the 13 most common behaviors.

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FEDERAL UPDATES
Court Holds that In-flight Meal Periods for Security Officers Are Not Compensable

EEOC Updates Guidance on LGBTQ+ Discrimination and Harassment

STATE UPDATES
CALIFORNIA:
Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Prepare to Protect Workers from Unhealthy Air due to Wildfire Smoke

California Supreme Court Mandates Use of Regular Rate of Pay in Calculating Meal and Rest Period Premiums

City of Los Angeles Requires Vaccine Leave for Employees

LOUISIANA:
Louisiana Now Requires Employers Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy

NEW HAMPSHIRE:
New Hampshire Adopts Paid Leave Program

OREGON:
Oregon Temporarily Allows Vaccine Incentives and Hiring Bonuses

PENNSYLVANIA:
Pennsylvania Law Requires Employees Are Compensated for Time Spent in Security Screenings


Copyright © 2021 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – July 2021

PER Human Resources – July 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena? Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, but it’s also resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!


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Cal OSHA Revises its Emergency Temporary Standard in Response to the Loosening of Public Health Restrictions

Review and understand the

  • 9 main changes
  • 8 requirements remaining in place and
  • 7 other changes

to the Cal OSHA revised the Emergency Temporary Standard.


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Question: Are there any warning signs someone who may commit an act of workplace violence would exhibit?

YES! Read on to learn more…

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STATE UPDATES
COLORADO:
Colorado Employers Must Pay-Out Vacation Upon Separation from Employment

CONNECTICUT:
Connecticut Adds Protections for Breastfeeding Workers

Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

New Connecticut Law Allows Employees Unpaid Time Off for Voting

FLORIDA:
Florida Bans Proof of Vaccination in Order to Enter a Business

MAINE:
Maine Expands State FMLA to Allow Leave for Care of Grandchildren

MONTANA:
New Montana Law Protects Off-Duty Use of Marijuana

NEVADA:
Alert: Nevada Enacts Right to Return to Work Law for Workers Laid Off Due to COVID-19


Copyright © 2021 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

PER Human Resources – June 2021

PER Human Resources – June 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena? Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, but it’s also resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!


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EEOC Updates Its Guidance on Vaccinations

On May 28, 2021, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced updated and expanded guidelines concerning Covid-19 vaccination requirements and incentives for employees.

Employers can now require all employees entering the workplace to be vaccinated, so long as 2 requirements are met.


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MYTH: “HR only cares about compliance, not people.”

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7ccdcf21 aa63 47aa ab88 5985faa95ee8FEDERAL UPDATES
Department of Labor Repeals Trump-Era Independent Contractor RulesFederal Contractor Minimum Wage Raised to $15.00

OSHA Changes Position on Recordability of Adverse Reactions from Vaccines

Same-Sex Harassment Definition is Broadened by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

STATE UPDATES

ALABAMA:
Alabama Legalizes Medical Marijuana with Wide Discretion for Employers

MICHIGAN:
MIOSHA Amends COVID-19 Emergency Rules

MONTANA:
Montana Makes Vaccine Status a Protected Class

NEW YORK:
NYC Creates BIPA-Like Requirements for Retail and Hospitality Businesses

RHODE ISLAND:
Rhode Island Enacts $15 Minimum Wage Law

VIRGINIA:
Virginia Enacts New Overtime Wage Laws

WASHINGTON:
Washington Passes 2 New Laws to Prepare for the Next Pandemic


Copyright © 2021 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

PER Human Resources – May 2021

PER Human Resources – May 2021

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena? Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!


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New Mandatory Reporter Law

The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act was passed in 1980, which created mandated reporting for people other than just doctors for the first time. Anyone who is a mandated reporter is required to report acts and omissions constituting physical abuse, sexual abuse, willful cruelty or unjustified punishment, unlawful corporal punishment or injury, and neglect.

On January 1, 2021, and effective immediately, California passed AB 1963, greatly expanding who is considered a mandated reporter. The new law makes HR employees and front-line supervisors mandated reporters. These changes will affect thousands of new businesses.


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Question: What is the best way to interview an applicant?

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7ccdcf21 aa63 47aa ab88 5985faa95ee8FEDERAL UPDATES
Court Holds that Federal Disability Discrimination Law Does Not Require Websites Be AccessibleCovid-19 Vaccinations and Time Off from Work

STATE UPDATES
CALIFORNIA:
California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law and Web-Based Tool

Updated: California Lactation Accommodation

INDIANA:
Indiana Enacts Pregnancy Accommodation Law

NEW JERSEY:
Medical Marijuana Expenses Held Reimbursable In New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Case

NEW MEXICO:
New Recreational Marijuana Laws in New Mexico and Virginia

VIRGINIA:
New Recreational Marijuana Laws in New Mexico and Virginia

Virginia Expands Disability Discrimination Protections

WASHINGTON:
Washington Amends its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act


Copyright © 2021 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

PER Human Resources – April 2021

PER Human Resources – April 2021

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena? Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!


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Recreational Marijuana Legalized in NY

On March 31, 2021, New York legalized recreational marijuana. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act legalizes and regulates cannabis use and possession for adults who are 21 and older. The legalized use of marijuana is effective immediately, but the retail sales of marijuana are not expected to begin until mid-2022. This change immediately impacts a New York employer’s ability to take adverse actions against applicants and employees based on recreational marijuana usage. Read on to learn more about the effects on employers and medical marijuana considerations, and more.


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Question: Is it important for an employer to check references for ALL job applicants?

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FEDERAL UPDATES
Department of Labor Seeks to Withdraw the Previous Administration’s Independent Contractor Rules

OSHA To Begin COVID-19 Inspections by March 26, 2021

STATE UPDATES

CALIFORNIA:
California Creates New Pregnancy Leave App to Help Guide Parents on their Rights

ILLINOIS:
Illinois Aims to Provide Relief to Employers by Amending the Biometric Information Privacy Act

NEW YORK:
New York Considers Dramatic Expansion of Consumer Privacy Rights


Copyright © 2021 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

PER Human Resources – March 2021

PER Human Resources – March 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena?  Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!

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COVID-19 Vaccinations: What to Consider BEFORE Implementing a Policy

With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, employers are faced with myriad questions around when – and if – they should have a vaccination policy for their workplace. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Whether a vaccine policy, and which type of policy, is right for your workplace depends on what industry you’re in, your state restrictions, the level of risk to your employees, your workplace culture, your ability and desire to track employee vaccinations, and numerous other considerations.

Read on for a detailed discussion of these issues and more in our comprehensive publication COVID-19 Vaccine and the Workplace: Employer Considerations and Responsibilities, Checklist, and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Question: Can an employer mandate that all its employees, without exception, get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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FEDERAL UPDATES
Easily Avoid a Claim – Don’t Retaliate When Employee Expresses COVID Concerns

STATE UPDATES
ARIZONA:
Arizona Amends Civil Rights Act to Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination

CALIFORNIA:
Approaching Deadline for California Employers to Report Employee Pay Data – Deferral Can Be Requested!

California: STOP Rounding Employee Meal Break Punches

OHIO:
Employer-Friendly Amendments to Employment Discrimination Law Coming

VIRGINIA:
COVID Requirements: Response Plan, Exposure Notice, Training, and More

Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – February 2021

PER Human Resources – February 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena?  Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!

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Implement an Employee Complaint Hotline and Update Your Handbook Now

The employee complaint intake process is a critical part of an employer’s efforts to address misconduct. Your employee should connect to a live person on every call and you should be immediately notified about the complaint so you can address the issue before it festers into a claim!

Once a complaint hotline is implemented, be sure to update your employee handbook complaint reporting procedure with the hotline number.

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Myth: If federal, state, and local laws conflict on an issue, the employer gets to choose which one to follow.

Get the Facts

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FEDERAL UPDATES

CDC Releases Guidance On COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace

DOL Opinion Letter: OT Rate When Restaurant Employee Works Two Different Jobs

EEOC Releases Claim Stats for 2020 – And How You Can Avoid Becoming One in 2021

New Case: Employers Cannot Contractually Shorten the Statute of Limitations for ADA or ADEA Claims

OSHA COVID-19 Guidance in Response to Presidential Executive Order

Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – January 2021

PER Human Resources – January 2021

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena?  Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!

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Welcome to 2021! New Year,
New Laws – Get Informed

Congratulations on making it through 2020 and navigating the employer minefield that is COVID. Running a business during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart. While we are beginning to see a twinkling of light starting to glow at the end of the pandemic tunnel (perhaps?), employers once again have a host of new employment laws that come with the ushering of a new year.

Read on to be sure you are up to date in your state!

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Q: Was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) extended when the federal government signed the Coronavirus Relief Bill?

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FEDERAL UPDATES
DOL Issued Guidance on Posting Requirements For Remote Workers

DOL Issues Final Rule on Tips and Tip Credits

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Voluntary Extension

STATE UPDATES
Colorado:
Colorado Ban the Box Law

Connecticut:
Connecticut Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Deadline – February 9

Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.

 

PER Human Resources – December 2020

PER Human Resources – December 2020

 

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Want to know the latest buzz in the HR arena?  Professional Employer Resources has a world of information in our newsletter. Not only is it fun, it’s resourceful! Including, important changes to federal and state employment practices.

Eighty five percent (85%) of all employment lawsuits can be prevented!

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Can You Make Your Workplace COVID-Free and Safe by Requiring Employees to Vaccinate?

Employers across the nation are considering whether they can make their workplaces COVID-free and safe by requiring employees to be vaccinated. Requiring employees to get certain vaccines is standard in some industries, such as the healthcare sector. However, whether it is right for your business necessitates careful consideration of issues, including whether you could be liable for adverse side effects.

Read on to learn more.

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Myth: Employees who quit are never entitled to unemployment benefits.

Get the Facts

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FEDERAL UPDATES
Employee’s Lawsuit Under the ADA Does Not Require Proof of an Adverse Action

STATE UPDATES
California:
California: New CCPA Amendment Protects Employees, Applicants, and Independent Contractors From Discrimination

Employer Action: Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

Colorado:
New Colorado Paid Family and Medical Leave

Michigan:
COVID-19 Protections That Michigan Employers and Employees Need to Know About

Copyright © 2020 ePlace Solutions, Inc., All rights reserved.

This information is provided by ePlace Solutions, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. ePlace Solutions, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal or other professional services. Federal and state laws are more complex than presented here. This information is simplified for the sake of brevity and is not a substitute for legal advice. ePlace Solutions, Inc. disclaims any liability, loss or risk incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this information.