Legal Corner – June 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Oregon pay equity bill passes The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (House Bill 2005) has officially passed. This marks the latest legal update related to the pay equity law trend, with the purpose of reducing […]

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Legal Corner – May 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS establishes 2018 HSA contribution limits The annual contribution to health savings accounts (HSAs) will rise $50 for self-only coverage and $150 for family coverage. Learn More >> Comp time bill advances to senate The U.S. […]

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Legal Corner – April 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Risks of asking applicants for W-2 Forms Employment attorneys caution against employers asking job applicants for a copy of their W-2 form to verify employment and compensation. While this practice may seem practical in some situations, […]

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Legal Corner – January 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL requests extension on overtime rule appeal The Department of Labor has asked for an extension of time to allow “incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues”, as Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor […]

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Legal Corner – November 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Federal judge puts temporary injunction on overtime rule With just 10 days left before the implementation of the new overtime rule, a federal judge in Texas puts it on hold. This surprising decision is applicable […]

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Federal judge makes last minute decision to pause overtime rule

By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. With 10 days left before the December 1 implementation deadline, a federal judge unexpectedly placed a hold on the new overtime rule. You’ve been granted a reprieve A Texas federal court issued a temporary injunction delaying the implementation of the new FLSA regulations that raise the salary […]

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Legal Corner – October 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. FLSA proposals arise to phase in overtime rule A number of delay or phase-in proposals for the overtime rule have gained momentum in Congress. Many believe that the phase-in bills’ fate may depend on the […]

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Legal Corner – September 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Current Form I-9 will expire Jan. 21, 2017 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the new version of the Form 1-9 will become available by November 22, 2016. The changes to […]

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Legal Corner – August 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. California proposes a more in depth version of the “ban-the-box” measure California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposes regulations that would prohibit employers from using criminal background reports if members of a particular race […]

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August HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of August. Prepare for open enrollment Open enrollment season is right around the corner. Smart employers should get a head start on the process to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you don’t have the time or resources to run open enrollment yourself, consider Benefits Adminstration […]

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Legal Corner – July 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Classifying employees as exempt vs. non-exempt more complicated than most realize Even with the vast amount of news coverage of the new FLSA rules, overtime exemptions are still broadly misunderstood. When it comes to classifying workers as exempt, […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Review the do’s and don’t of the onboarding process When done well, onboarding leads to increased job satisfaction and lower turnover. These useful tips go a long way to make a welcoming first impression. Learn More >> Double-check that you are meeting EEOC notice-posting requirements Effective July […]

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Legal Corner – June 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Laying off employees for inability to speak English may be discriminatory While it is recognized by the courts that the ability to speak English can be a justifiable job requirement, employers must be careful when […]

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Legal Corner – May 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Final rule released regarding FLSA overtime regulations With the new overtime rule coming into effect, there are major changes for employers to prepare for. Learn More >> 2017 HSA contribution limits have been set The IRS has provided the updated […]

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June HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Prepare for the finalized FLSA overtime exemption regulations The final regulations regarding overtime exemptions have been released. Employers need to make sure they are well informed on the changes and prepare for them before they go into effect. Learn More >> Plan ahead for […]

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Final Rule Released Regarding FLSA Overtime Regulations

By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. The long awaited final regulations regarding overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been released by the Department of Labor (DOL). As expected, the biggest change is an increase to the salary threshold for exempt employees.  Exempt employees must earn at least $47,476 per year […]

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Legal Corner – April 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Potential impacts of proposed updates to overtime rule Critics of the proposed changes to the overtime regulation speculate that employers may look to reduce base salaries, reduce overall compensation, and replace current workers with machines or higher-skilled workers. […]

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May HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of May. Conduct an annual HR audit If you haven’t completed one this year, conduct an HR audit to get a clear picture of your company’s HR compliance and effectiveness. An HR audit will identify areas of opportunity for your organization to improve compliance, increase […]

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Legal Corner – March 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. NLRB supports employee rights to record conversations The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has actively prohibited employers from enforcing no-recording policies, causing businesses to look for specific situations where this may be allowed. Learn More […]

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April HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Take Your Child to Work Day – April 28th Take Your Child to Work Day is coming up in April. If you’re thinking about participating, it is worth taking a look at these do’s and don’ts. Learn More >> Simplify your hiring process […]

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March HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Learn More >>Submit application for workplace recognition The Oregonian’s Top Workplace program recognizes companies that have great workplace environments. Check out the program and sign up by March 21, 2016. File early to meet the H-1B deadline Based on the increased demand over the […]

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Legal Corner – February 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Proposed overtime rule release date still up in the air The release date of the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule remains uncertain; however, employers should consider how they might accommodate the salary threshold increase since there […]

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Legal Corner – January 2016

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Proposed rule increases job flexibility for foreign workers A new proposed rule would protect workers with green card petitions through job changes, establish a longer grace period for those who lost jobs, clarify H-1B status […]

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February HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of February. Distribute total rewards statements Learn More >> Creating and distributing total rewards statements shows employees that their efforts are appreciated, provides insight into their total compensation, and showcases the benefits and strengths of your company’s compensation plan. Cover all your tax form bases […]

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December HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of December. Make updates on 2016 limits to 401(k) and pension plans The IRS has released adjustments to dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement related items. Learn More >> Complete your year-end payroll requirements Reference our helpful checklist to organize and plan out […]

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Legal Corner – November 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Ban-the-box mandate limited in reach Questions about criminal history has been banned for federal job application forms, however, the use of such questions has not been banned for federal contractors. Learn More >> Update on […]

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Legal Corner – October 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. FMLA case exposes risk of changes in layoff decisions A recent FMLA case addresses an employee who was not restored to her former position upon return from pregnancy leave and later on terminated. This ruling sheds some light on […]

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November HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of November. Prepare for the winter weather Review your inclement weather policy and make any necessary adjustments. Be sure employees are up-to-date on how it works and what to expect. Learn More >> Review to-do list for proposed overtime rule While the DOL continues to review the […]

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October HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of October. Distribute Medicare Part D Notices Employers who have health care plans that include prescription drug benefits for active employees who are Medicare-eligible must notify those individuals by October 15th.  Learn More >> Prepare employees for flu season Taking some basic steps and precautions […]

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Legal Corner – September 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law.   Wage secrecy prohibitions require employer caution Many employers frown upon workers sharing information about their salaries with coworkers; however, there is an increasing trend toward wage secrecy prohibitions led by state laws throughout the […]

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September HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of September. Review annual goals As we approach the final quarter, it is time to review where you stand with your revenue and operational goals that were set for 2015. If needed, create an action plan to help meet expectations by years end.  Learn More […]

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Legal Corner – August 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law.   State laws that ban access to employees’ social media accounts Employers should be aware of the limits on their ability to monitor employees. In addition to regulation under federal law, there are several states […]

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Legal Corner – July 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed about critical employment legislation and case law. DOL announces overtime expansion proposal The long awaited proposal to update regulations on exempt executive, administrative, professional, and certain other employees has been released be the Department of Labor (DOL). This proposal covers minimum wage and overtime […]

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August HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of August. Review interviewing process In light of the trending “ban-the-box” laws coming into effect throughout the country, this is a good time to ensure your interviewing process and documents are both legally sound and effective including training interviewers on how to frame questions legally. Learn More […]

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DOL Announces Overtime Expansion Proposal

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its long awaited proposal to update regulations exempting executive, administrative, professional, and certain other employees from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FSLA requires employees be paid time and a half for hours worked over 40 in a week, unless an […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Prepare for shifting health costs With medical costs expected to rise once again this year it is advised that employers have a game plan that addresses their bottom line in addition to equipping employees to make informed decisions. Learn More >> Schedule a […]

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Legal Corner – June 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. NLRB orders employer to drop dress code policy A recent dress code case proves that the National Labor Relations Board is looking to help ensure that employees get the benefit of the doubt when dress code […]

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Legal Corner – May 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Proposed white-collar exemption rule advances to OMB The proposed rule regarding exemption from overtime eligibility has been more than a year in the making. Recently, it has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and […]

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June HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Plan ahead for summer vacation coverage With summer vacation approaching it’s inevitable that at some point there will be scheduling conflicts with more employees taking time off. But, there are some steps you can take to minimize these problems. Learn More >> […]

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Training Announcement: June 11, 2015

Navigating Employee Performance Concerns Presented by Christine Thelen Dealing with poor performance is probably one of the lest favorite tasks of a supervisor, yet it is also one of the most critical. Poor performance bring down productivity, disrupt operations, and pollute employee morale. This interactive training session focuses on effective strategies for addressing employee performance […]

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May HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of May. Conduct an annual HR audit If you haven’t done so this year, conduct an HR audit to get a clear picture of your company’s HR compliance and effectiveness. An HR audit will identify areas of opportunity to contribute to the success of […]

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Legal Corner – April 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. PPE & whistle-blower protections addressed by OSHA Two new guiding documents related to temporary workers have been released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These documents address the topics of personal protective equipment […]

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Legal Corner – March 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Discrimination risk when transferring employees Most employers have a duty to accommodate an employee with a disability. Be cautious when transferring that employee to a new position to ensure that it is not perceived as discrimination. Learn More >> […]

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April HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Update your employee handbook The NLRB’s recent memo clarifying lawful and unlawful employee handbook policies provides a great opportunity to assess your handbook and make changes where necessary. Consider a third party review of your handbook by Trupp HR to ensure that it’s complete and that […]

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Legal Corner – February 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. 2016 DOL budget requests increased employment services 2016 budget request for the Department of Labor (DOL) includes funding to increase employment services for unemployed workers, more registered apprenticeships, helping those with criminal background find work, […]

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March HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Review your wage and hour practices Claims against employers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been on a constant increase. Make sure to review minimum wage and overtime laws to avoid liability. Learn More >> Submit application for […]

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Training Announcement: March 3, 2015

Employment Law Basics Presented by Christine Thelen Compliance with key employment laws is the foundation upon which many HR policies and procedures are built. Navigating these complicated laws can be tricky but with basic guidance, business leaders can create a work environment that is not only compliant, but also fosters a healthy engaged workforce that […]

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Legal Corner – January 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. February deadline set for new overtime expansion regulations The proposed rule to streamline FLSA regulations for “white collar” employees is now expected to be published by the DOL by the end of February. Learn […]

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Best Practices for Protecting Your Organization When Hiring New Employees

By Christine Thelen, Manager, HR Services, Trupp HR. In our last article, “4 Tips for Preparing a Legally Sound Offer Letter” we covered important considerations when making an employment offer. Here we will discuss four additional practices that can provide further legal protection when hiring new employees. 1. Create an offer letter template. Developing an […]

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