The times they are a-changin’.
The transition of power from one administration to another means changes in leadership at the nation’s top federal employment agencies, changes in budgets and direction, and changes in enforcement priorities. While businesses are encouraged at the prospect of a decidedly pro-employer agenda, it remains to be seen how the overall landscape of the American workplace will change … as well as how quickly.
Brandon Long Cody Griffin While cyber attacks on financial institutions, email accounts and retailers are nothing new, the reality is that no industry is immune from cyber threats. In fact, a group appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Labor recently raised concerns that employee benefit plans may be particularly vulnerable to cyber threats related…Read More
Courtney Bru Charles S. Plumb Paul A. Ross On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new regulations, which go into effect December 1, will extend overtime eligibility to millions of salaried American workers who are currently classified as exempt employees. For many…Read More
The dawn of the Affordable Care Act age has sparked renewed interest in wellness programs by employers as a means to improve employee health and reduce health plan claims and costs. In fact, some wellness programs may actually help employers reduce their liability under the ACA’s forthcoming (but recently delayed) Cadillac Tax. While the solution…Read More
The heat is on, and employers are feeling the pressure like never before. A changing workforce, uncertain economy, ever-changing (and sometimes conflicting) laws with no clear guidance, hidden surprises in the law, ramped-up enforcement initiatives by state and federal authorities, and the increased potential for litigation only add to the pressures of everyday life in…Read More
While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not specifically prohibit employment discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, there is a growing trend, particularly at the federal level but also in some states, to expand civil rights protections to gay and transgender workers. The U.S. Supreme Court…Read More
A formal complaint is lodged. An allegation is made. A rumor swirls. So begins a workplace investigation. But did you know that how you conduct a formal workplace investigation is just as important as its ultimate outcome?Read More
A company’s ability to protect its confidential information, including trade secrets, can often determine whether that business thrives or dies. And we’re not just talking about safeguarding the recipe to the “secret sauce.” Depending on the nature of your business, a lot of other types of confidential information — business processes, customer lists, financial data,…Read More
Hundreds of business owners, executives, human resources professionals and benefits managers attended EmployerLINC15, McAfee & Taft’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminar, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa on April 28 and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on April 30, 2015.Read More
With audit season just around the corner, there’s no time for employer-sponsors of retirement plans to waste in making proper preparations. The Department of Labor knows what it’s looking for when it reviews the results of your independent audit or it conducts a follow-up investigation, but do you? Just as importantly, does your auditor?Read More