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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Legal Corner – November 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS announces 2015 pension plan limitations The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for retirement related items for the tax year of 2015. Learn More >> Delayed enforcement […]

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Legal Corner – October 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Domestic violence victims given leave rights A number of states now require private-sector employers to provide unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence. Is your state on the list? Learn More >> OSHA seeks […]

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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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Eugene, Oregon moving forward with sick leave ordinance

Following in the footsteps of its not-so-distant neighbor to the North (Portland, OR), Eugene is now close to the point of implementing a mandatory sick leave ordinance. A task force for this ordinance, including local business owners, industry representatives, Mayor Piercy, along with three Councilors; recently came together to produce a final report to be […]

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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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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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Does Your Employee Handbook Need a Facelift?

By Christine Thelen, Manager, HR Services, Trupp HR. Most businesses recognize the value of employee handbooks for establishing company policies, procedures, and expectations for professional conduct. But it is easy to lose sight of just how quickly the content becomes outdated. As your business grows, practices inevitably must adapt, new technologies are implemented, work environments […]

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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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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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Legal Corner – December 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. Changes to commercial driver medical exam rules Occupational health providers, employers with commercial-vehicle operations, and bus and truck drivers need to start preparing […]

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Legal Corner – November 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. Employers’ rights during OSHA inspections While it may not feel like it during an inspection, employers have many rights before, during, and after […]

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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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