Legal Corner – April 2019

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL proposes changes for calculating overtime The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a new definition of the “regular rate” of pay, which is a significant factor for calculating overtime. Regular rate would exclude benefits, paid […]

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Legal Corner – March 2019

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL releases proposed overtime-rule The U.S. Department Labor (DOL) has announced the new proposed overtime rule which would raise the minimum salary requirements of the Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) overtime exemption. The new salary level for […]

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Webinar: Preparing for Washington’s Paid Family & Medical Leave Law

Preparing for Washington’s Paid Family & Medical Leave Law Washington is moving to the forefront of states establishing paid leave for employees. This session will discuss the latest developments in Washington’s paid family and medical leave law, with a focus on what employers need to do to prepare to implement them. Learning Objectives Event Details […]

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Legal Corner – February 2019

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. NLRB changes definition of independent contractor The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has effectively widened the net of who can be considered an independent contractor under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This results in a […]

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Immigration law update for employers

Immigration law update for employers By Calvin Gower, Trüpp. It’s no secret that the current administration has cracked down on immigration enforcement and the 2018 numbers reflect that. So, what should employers expect over the course of 2019? More specifically, what legal trends will have a direct impact on your workforce? This article will discuss […]

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Legal Corner – January 2019

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. States raising minimum wage in 2019 While the federal minimum wage has remained the same for a decade, many states are continuing to make increases into 2019. Eighteen states raised their minimum wage on the first […]

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2019 Employment Law Update

2019 Employment Law Update By Calvin Gower, Trüpp. With the new year well under way, it’s a good time to check in on the key employment law trends that are driving workplace policy. There are some common themes that have emerged, including equal pay, anti-harassment, and paid family and medical leave. Here’s a quick review […]

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Legal Corner – December 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL relaxes restrictions on minimum wage payments to tipped employees Based on the challenges employers have faced implementing the 80/20 Rule (rule limiting employer ability to take tip credit for an employee’s “related duties”), new guidance […]

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Legal Corner – November 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. State marijuana legalization updates Marijuana was on the ballot in four states. Michigan became the first Midwest state to pass recreationally. Missouri and Utah legalized medicinal use.     States raising minimum wage in early 2019 […]

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Legal Corner – October 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. New FCRA Summary of Rights This new form is to be distributed to all employees for employers who use consumer reports to make employment decisions, including pre-employment background checks.     Tax credit available to certain […]

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Legal Corner – September 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. FMLA forms expiration date extended The updated FMLA forms have no new changes, except for an extended expiration date of August 31, 2021.     House to vote on 40-hour workweek for ACA coverage This upcoming […]

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Legal Corner – August 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. 2019 tax withholding changes on the horizon Tax updates that took place this year include reducing employees’ income tax rates and adjusted tax brackets. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is monitoring IRS steps to help employees […]

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Legal Corner – July 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. EEOC report highlights age discrimination The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a report which highlights the issue of age discrimination. Despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which was passed fifty years […]

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2018 Employment Law Trends

2018 Employment Law Trends By Calvin Gower, Trüpp. The last couple of years have given rise to clear trends in employment law. As legislation at the federal level has remained stagnant, states and municipalities have taken matters into their own hands to push fair employment legislation forward. While there are many developments occurring on the […]

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Legal Corner – June 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. ACA’s affordability threshold set to rise in 2019 The affordability threshold for 2019 has been increased to 9.86, which is a slight increase from the 2018 threshold of 9.56 percent. In short, this means that employers […]

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Legal Corner – May 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS raises HSA contributions for 2019 The IRS has announced its yearly revision to the benefit limits for defined benefits plans. The HSA contribution limit is now set to increase from $3,450 to $3,500 in 2019, […]

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Legal Corner – April 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. ACA reporting for those who missed the deadline ACA forms were due to the IRS electronically by early April making those who failed to meet the deadline vulnerable to substantial financial penalties. For employers that missed […]

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Legal Corner – March 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Paid-leave tax credit that could apply to certain employers Under the new section of the Internal Revenue Code, employers that voluntarily offer qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave may claim […]

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Legal Corner – February 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Increase of Form I-9 worksite enforcement The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues its practice of increasing Form I-9 audits, conducting more workplace raids, and promoting involvement in the government’s voluntary compliance program. Learn More >> […]

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Legal Corner – January 2018

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Expected increase of Form I-9 worksite enforcement The current administration has indicated that the number of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification audits will significantly increase over the course of the next year. All employers are subject […]

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Legal Corner – December 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL delays parts of fiduciary rule The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the effective date for “prohibited transaction exemptions” to the retirement plan fiduciary rule to July 1, 2019. The exemptions are related to […]

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Legal Corner – November 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Immigration official announces quadrupled employer compliance audits It’s expected that the rate of immigration compliance audits and investigations will quadruple in the months to come. To avoid potential fines, all employers will need to make sure […]

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I-9 checklist

I-9 checklist By Christine Thelen, Director of HR Services, Trüpp. Would you be shocked if I told you that immigration is currently a hot button issue? If you’ve had any contact with the outside world recently, your answer is sure to be a resounding no! Unfortunately, this is not just a political debate that can be […]

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Legal Corner – October 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Court ruling highlights FMLA retaliation and age discrimination An engineer at Verizon recently presented proof of FMLA retaliation and age discrimination in her firing. The case brought up the point that employers must monitor their supervisors […]

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Legal Corner – September 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. The unwinding of DACA and the effect on employers With the DACA expiration date on the horizon, employers may need to discharge workers unless they’ve found another way to obtain work authorization. This will all depend […]

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Legal Corner – August 2017

Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. State law trends to watch States and cities continue to go above and beyond federal employment law requirements; here are some of the important trends and states to keep an eye on. Learn More >> Oregon […]

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Oregon revamps overtime rule for manufacturing industry

By Calvin Gower, Marketing Coordinator, Trüpp. Oregon recently passed a law that clears up some confusion in the daily overtime rule. The update addresses non-union employees working in mills, factories, and manufacturing establishments. The main clarification to come out of this revision is that employees who are entitled to both daily and weekly overtime should […]

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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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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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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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Oregon Considering “Predictive Scheduling” Law

Oregon legislators are considering a predictive scheduling law that would require employers to pay employees for up to four hours of unworked time if their shift is cancelled or shortened. This proposed law follows Seattle’s Secure Scheduling ordinance and is also similar to the ordinances and laws that San Francisco and New York have in […]

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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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EEOC issues guidance with focus on mental health

As part of its’ series of “resource” documents, the EEOC has recently released guidance for medical conditions and work restrictions of employees. This latest piece is titled “Depression, PTSD, and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” The intention of this document is to provide a related platform of guidance under the […]

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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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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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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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Should it be illegal to ask about an applicant’s salary history?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Many think so. On September 14, 2016—just over a month after Massachusetts passed an equal-pay law that prohibits employers from asking about salary histories during the job interview process—the Pay Equity for All Act of 2016 has been proposed. This bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to make […]

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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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Politics may or may not lead to business as usual

With the presidential race heating up, the focus of each candidate on workplace priorities are in the spotlight. Hillary Clinton has made a number of promises regarding employment law during her campaign, with more of a focus on keeping workplace policy moving in the same direction. On the other hand, Trump has taken positions on […]

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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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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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Oregon hotel tax rises with minimum wage

Oregon transient lodging tax will temporarily increase from 1% to 1.8% beginning July 1, 2016. This temporary lodging tax has been designed to create a $25 million-subsidy, earmarked for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships in Eugene. The tax will take a small drop to 1.5% in four years. This lodging tax increase comes on the heels […]

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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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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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