Freeze! Put your hands up and go review your attendance policy ASAP…

By Beth Ann Lennon The Sixth Circuit reminds all employers to carefully review even “no fault” attendance policies for FMLA compliance. Dyer v. Ventra Sandusky, LLC.  The employer used a collectively bargained, no-fault, attendance policy that required termination when an employee received eleven or more “points” due to absences.  Employees received points whenever they missed […]

AZ Supremes: Prop 206 Is Law

By John Alan Doran Yesterday the Arizona Supreme Court issued a death knell to the pending legal challenge to Prop. 206.  As you will recall from our blog post, last November our citizenry passed a referendum that raised the minimum wage and imposed mandatory paid leave on employers. The minimum wage hike took effect in January, […]

Arizona Paid-Leave Trickery

By John Alan Doran During the election cycle, Arizona voters were treated to ads featuring adorable families hit hard by the current minimum wage.  We were asked to vote for Prop. 206 to raise the minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $12.00 an hour by the year 2020—a not-so-unreasonable request when fast-food workers are demanding […]

Government Contractors Pay 56 PTO Hours

By Bill Wright The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its final rule on paid leave for employees working on or in connection with government contracts.  Contractors will be required to allow employees to accrue at least 1 hour of paid leave for each 30 hours worked on or in connection with government contracts.  Only […]

AZ’s Hidden Employer Wage/Hour Gift

By John Alan Doran Much has been said about AZ Governor Ducey’s recent decision to sign into law HB 2579, which preempts local governments from enacting their own living wage or fringe benefits ordinances for private employers.  See  But next to nothing has been said about the impact of HB 2579 on treble damages […]

New Overtime Pay Minimum Salary Doubles

By Andy Volin $47,500 is the new minimum annual salary level ($914/week) for the white collar overtime exemption, according to an announcement [expected later] this week by the Department of Labor. This more than doubles the current minimum of $455/week. The effective date for this new requirement is December 1, 2016. According to reports, the […]

Parental Leave Precautions

By Bryan Stillwagon Last week, Coca-Cola announced that many new parents at the company (domestic non-bargaining employees) will soon be eligible for six weeks of paid leave. The benefits, which supplement existing short-term disability benefits for birth mothers, will be available to mothers and fathers, adoptive and foster parents, and same-sex couples. The announcement comes […]

Wellness Rewards Under GINA

By Brooke Colaizzi The EEOC has issued proposed regulations addressing the legality of inducements for spousal participation in wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The original GINA regulations prohibited employers from offering inducements to an employee for providing genetic information, including genetic information about employees’ spouses. The EEOC has now declared that […]

Colorado Vacation Pay Update

By Andy Volin Earlier this month, we alerted you that the Colorado Department of Labor was considering an enforcement position with respect to “use it or lose it” vacation policies. The CDOL recently issued a FAQ document about Colorado’s 2015 Wage Protection Act, which included 2 questions and answers about these policies. CDOL website with […]