Legal Corner – July 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL issues RFI on overtime rule The Department of Labor (DOL) has suggested several alternatives to the original overtime rule changes in a recent request for information (RFI) which includes multiple salary level exemptions that are […]

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Updated Form I-9 is now available

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. The USCIS has rolled out a new version of the Form I-9, which will be mandatory for employers to use starting September 18, 2017. Employers can use the new form now or continue to use the Form I-9 with the revision date of 11/14/16 N until the September 18th […]

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Oregon to Enact Predictive Scheduling Law

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Starting July 1, 2018, many part-time employees won’t have to play the guessing game with their schedules any longer. The new predictive scheduling law, expected to be signed by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, will be establishing requirements on large employers (500 or more employees worldwide) for the retail trade, […]

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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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Oregon pay equity bill passes

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. The Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (House Bill 2005) has officially been signed into law with the purpose of reducing unfair pay differences and expanding protections for employees susceptible to discriminatory pay practices. Most provisions will not go into effect until January 1, 2019 to give employers time […]

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The trend of banning salary history questions continues

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Whether it should be legal to ask job applicants about their salary history remains a hot topic of debate in today’s labor market. Since we posted our article, Should it be illegal to ask about an applicant’s salary history, which provides details about proposed pay equity laws and their […]

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New trends aimed to protect workers

States and localities across the country are continuing to push forward with measures aimed at protecting workers. As more and more local and state sick-leave and ban-the-box regulations go into effect, states and municipalities are now starting to focus on wage equality, stricter controls for employee scheduling, independent contractor protections, and paid parental leave. Wage […]

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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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New Form I-9 has been published

The new Form I-9 has been released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as of November 14, 2016 and will be valid through August 31, 2019. Use of the new form will be required starting January 21, 2017. Once the January deadline has passed, previous versions will be invalid for new hires, re-hires, […]

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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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Oregon Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

On June 12, 2015, Oregon passed legislation that requires the majority of employers with 10 or more employees to give employees up to 40 hours a year of paid sick leave. The new sick leave law applies to full-time and part-time hourly, salaried, commissioned and piece rate employees, and home care employees who receive payment […]

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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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Game Winning Strategies for 2015

The perfect storm will be converging on employers this year—a shortage of skilled labor available for hire, an aging workforce who will be exiting their jobs, taking with them years of knowledge, and a high percentage of employees who will be leaving their employers for greener pastures.  To add further complexity, the current political environment […]

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Preparing for 2015 Expanded ACA Requirements

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. As employers prepare for the coming year, assessing ACA preparedness and compliance should be added to the list. 2015 will welcome in new employer shared responsibility and reporting requirements. Most employers are likely familiar with their responsibility for providing health benefits, but many may be caught off guard by […]

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E-Cigarettes @ Work

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. To vape or not to vape? It may be time to determine which side of the e-cig fence your company lands. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, are battery-operated products designed to turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. […]

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Marijuana and the Workplace

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. While marijuana continues to be federally regulated as a Schedule I controlled substance, today, nearly half of the U.S. has legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or personal use. If pending state laws were to pass, that number would reach 80%. The increasing number of state laws legalizing marijuana, combined with […]

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Legal Corner – September 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Paid sick leave coordination Paid sick leave ordinances have become an increasing trend enacted in two states, Connecticut and recently California; as well as nine cities including Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Learn More >> […]

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Legal Corner – August 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Jobs training bill signed into law This new law is designed to help unemployed workers get the skills they need to find jobs by simplifying a very complex system of federal workforce training programs. […]

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LinkedIn takes a $6 million hit for employee pay violations

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that 359 former and current employees spanning across multiple LinkedIn office locations had been underpaid due to violations of the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is a cautionary tale for employers of an easily preventable payroll oversight. Under the US FLSA, […]

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Legal Corner – July 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL proposed rule redefining ‘spouse’ A proposed rule has been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would change the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rule’s definition of “spouse”. Spouse would […]

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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The Seattle City Council has approved the implantation of a $15 minimum wage. Washington currently has the highest pay floor of any state at $9.32 an hour, so it is no surprise that the most significant legislation to raise wages has come from its biggest city. Minimum wage increases will be phased in gradually based […]

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Legal Corner – June 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. COBRA diminished by enactment of PPACA The usefulness of COBRA has diminished with the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). At this point there are still circumstances where it proves […]

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Legal Corner – May 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Higher HSA limits for 2015 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced higher limits for 2015 on contributions to health savings accounts and for out-of-pocket spending under high-deductible health plans linked to them. Learn […]

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Will PPACA Exchanges Replace COBRA?

On May 2, 2014, the Obama administration proposed regulations to clarify that people leaving a job may choose to purchase health coverage on federal and state marketplaces rather than obtaining it through COBRA. The administration argued that purchasing a private plan on the exchanges may be a cheaper alternative, especially since many of these outgoing […]

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Employment Background Checks: 5 Tips to Protect Your Business

By Christine Thelen, Manager, HR Services, Trupp HR. For many employers, background checks are an essential step in the hiring process.  There are, however, many risks associated with conducting background checks that employers should be aware of when embarking down this path. 1. Understand the regulatory environment Regulatory enforcement and litigation efforts are increasingly focusing […]

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Legal Corner – April 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Who is responsible for recording temp-worker injuries? OSHA has clarified who is responsible for recording the injuries and illnesses of temporary workers. In most cases the responsibility goes […]

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Whitehouse Directs the DOL to Revise Exempt Status Regulations

President Obama has directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to “modernize and streamline” overtime exemption regulations (29 C.F.R. Part 541) that define the scope of exempt status employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). The primary focus of the White House’s directive concentrates on three areas: Increasing the minimum annual salary level from its […]

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Legal Corner – March 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Know your rights in the case of an OSHA workplace-inspection An OSHA letter of interpretation issued in 2013 allows an unspecified number of employees in a nonunion workplace […]

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Legal Corner – February 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. WA passes bill for paid sick leave Washington has passed a statewide bill that requires all employers with more than four full-time employees to provide one hour of […]

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Employers Given More Time to Comply with the Affordable Care Act

On February 10, the final regulations and provisions were released for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Obama administration will be giving employers more time to comply with the requirement to offer affordable health coverage to full-time employees. What does this mean for your business? SMALL BUSINESSES. Employers with fewer than 50 […]

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Legal Corner – January 2014

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Trends to watch for in 2014 2014 has arrived and it’s a great time to look at employment law hot topics on the horizon. Check out this article […]

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Oregonian Article Features Trupp HR

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Assistant, Trupp HR. Trupp HR was recently featured as an expert resource in an article about the new Portland Protected Sick Leave ordinance, giving insight on the key points, what to look out for, and how to leverage this as new opportunity. Dealing with the new sick leave can be a […]

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Portland Protected Sick Time Posters Available

Portland’s Protected Sick Time law goes into effect January 1, 2014. All employers with employees working within the city of Portland will need to comply with the requirements of the Protected Sick Time law. The new law requires employers to display posters and to provide notice to employees of the business policies and procedures regarding […]

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Alert! Oregon Employers

Oregon Enacts Required Bereavement Leave By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Effective January 1, 2014, private sector employers who are covered by the Oregon Family Leave Act must provide up to two weeks of leave for bereavement of the loss of a family member. The leave is per loss, up to […]

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Legal Corner – August 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. The five documents sure to be requested in an employment lawsuit – can yours pass the test? Even though employment lawsuits are based […]

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Legal Corner – May 2013

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. Welcome to our new Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. House Proposes H.R. 1406, The Working Families Flexibility Act The Working Families Flexibility Act (2013) proposes an extension to private sector workers of the […]

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The Updated I-9 Form is Now Available from the USCIS

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR. The long-awaited revised I-9 form has been published by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Employers should start using the new form immediately and not later than May 7, 2013. The updated form has a new look with additional fields. I-9 Enforcement Increases […]

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