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Don’t Get Carried Away with the Pay Period Leap Year

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Yesterday, we discussed the Pay Period Leap Year and what it means for employers. If your first weekly paychecks would normally issue this Friday, January 1, 2016, you will have a fifty-third pay period on December 31, 2015. If your ...

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Preparing for the 2016 Pay Period Leap Year

Historical records show that at least twice in history, countries have observed February 30 on the calendar.  Sweden added the date to its 1712 calendar to correct an earlier calendar error and the Soviet Union observed February 30 in 1930 ...

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2016 Omnibus Spending Bill Maintains DOL, NLRB Funding, Contains Mixed Immigration News for Businesses

Yesterday, we discussed important immigration legislation pending in Congress.  We can’t overlook the $1.15 trillion FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that Congress passed this week, though.  The Omnibus Bill avoided another government shutdown and funded most federal agencies through the federal government’s 2016 fiscal year, ...

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Sen. Cruz, Others Propose Immigration Reforms that Take Aim at Businesses

Immigration issues in the presidential election have focused primarily on pathways to citizenship, border enforcement, and terrorism concerns, but a recently proposed bill entitled the “American Jobs First Act” by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and ...

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State and Local Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2016

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that one of my main focuses from day to day is updating you on ordinances, ballot initiatives, and other local and state actions on minimum wages, paid family or sick leave, and ...

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Police Officers’ Off-the-Clock BlackBerry Use Suit Carries Lessons for All Employers

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Last week, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois ruled against a group of Chicago police officers who claimed that the department had unwritten rules that discouraged them from turning in overtime for off-duty work performed on their BlackBerrys. ...

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Occupational Outlook, Fastest Growing Occupations List

This past week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the Department of Labor, released employment projections data about the labor market from 2014 to 2024.  Looking at the labor market 10 years in the future.  BLS uses these ...

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Captain Obvious Issues Most Obvious FLSA Decision of 2015 (So Far…)

We have roughly two and a half weeks left in 2015, so I can’t officially call this decision the most obvious FLSA decision of 2015 yet, but I can be pretty certain that it would be hard to top this decision ...

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Amended New York Law Gives Wage and Hour Plaintiffs Direct Access to Shareholders’ Pockets

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New York employers and their shareholders will start facing substantially increased liability for wage and hour violations in January now that the state has again amended its Business Corporation Law.  The latest change allows plaintiffs in wage and hour cases ...

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Unpredictable Work: Scheduling Mandatory or “Forced” Overtime for Employees

Particularly this time of year, many employers face unpredictable demand for labor.  Whether in retail stores facing a crush of shoppers, hospitals and health care providers facing spikes in patients using benefits before the end of the year, manufacturers running ...

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