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Another Snowmaker Hits U.S. Employers...Are you required to pay employees for full or

With another January snowstorm hitting the U.S., employers from the Rockies to the Midwest to the Northeast are experiencing record low temperatures and inches and inches of snow.  Storms like these often cause employees to call off work, and can prompt businesses to close down for days at a time. 

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Tis the Season...MORE Employment News for the New Year!

As discussed in our previous "Tis the Season" blog post here, many states are ramping up employment law requirements on a wide array of topics.  Employers should plan ahead now and review their handbook policies to ensure compliance! 

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Attention Clients Using E-Verify

E-Verify expired during the Government shutdown.  During the shutdown, employers will not be able to enroll in E-Verify; access E-Verify accounts; create a case; view or take action on any case, including resolving Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs); add, delete or edit accounts; reset passwords, edit company information, terminate accounts, or run reports.  You can continue to hire new employees, even in states that require E-Verify. 

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Tis the Season... Employment Laws Effective in the New Year!

As 2018 comes to a close, many states are ramping up employment law requirements on a wide array of topics, including background checks, harassment training, equal pay, and employee-reimbursement requirements.  Employers should plan ahead now and review their handbook policies to ensure compliance! 

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Hello? Is it Me You're Looking For? FCC Unanimously Approves Rules to Create a Database for Reassigned Numbers:

Yesterday, the FCC unanimously voted to take additional steps to create a database of reassigned numbers to help companies verify the current subscriber of a phone number before calling it.  Use of the database would be optional, but the FCC is offering a safe harbor from liability to anyone who uses it and later gets sued for calling the wrong person.  The FCC's press release explained:

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Employment Law Gotcha: Biometric Privacy Laws You Need to Know About

It was a normal day at the Six Flags amusement park in Gurnee, IL. After buying a season pass, a teenage boy went to the park's security checkpoint, and Six Flags scanned his thumb so that he could use his thumbprint to gain access to the park over the course of the season. 

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Class Action Lawsuits Continue To Target Employers For Hyper-Technical Background Check Violations

On the heels of Amazon's $5 million settlement for background check violations, which we covered in this blog post, FCRA class action lawsuits continue to be on the rise.  

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Ready, Set, VOTE! State-Specific Requirements for Employers

With elections around the corner, this blog provides a refresher regarding state-specific employment law requirements relating to voting. 

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Attention California Employers: New Laws Are Bringing Changes to Your Workplace in the #MeToo Era

One year later, the #MeToo movement still has steam.

It's been a year since the first headlines broke, but the #MeToo movement is still inspiring changes in workplaces throughout the country - most recently in California. In addition to legally mandated sexual harassment trainings, which we covered in this blog post, companies with California employees should know about a slew of new bills signed into law in September by California Governor Jerry Brown. These new laws affect every stage of the employment relationship, from hiring new applicants to settling claims with former employees.

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Michigan Becomes 11th State to Enact Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Michigan (and multi-state) employers need to evaluate their vacation, sick, and paid time off (PTO) policies to ensure compliance with Michigan's new "Earned Sick Time Act," passed on September 5, 2018.  The Act goes into effect March 2019.  Previous posts about state and local sick leave laws can be found here and here.

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