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Updated Form I-9 Released, Exclusive Use Effective 01/22/2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form). Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee or hires an individual for employment in the United States must complete an I-9 Form. The updated form…

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Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court

On Nov. 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction, halting the enforcement of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule until further notice. The rule, which was set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, would have increased the salary threshold for the “white collar overtime exemptions” to $47,476 per…

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California Assembly Bill 2883 Raises Workers’ Compensation Exemption Requirements

Earlier this year, California’s state legislature passed Assembly Bill 2883 (AB 2883), which drastically changed the legal requirements that allow an employer to exclude its corporate officers and the members of its board of directors from its workers’ compensation policy. AB 2883 is scheduled to come into force on Jan. 1, 2017. Under California law,…

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Overtime Rule Change

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule regarding overtime wage payment qualifications for the “white collar exemptions” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The final rule increases the salary an employee must be paid in order to qualify for a white collar exemption. The required salary level…

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Federal Contractors and Labor Law Violations

On Aug. 25, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) issued a final rule and guidance implementing an executive order affecting federal contractors.   The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (Order) was signed by President Barack Obama in 2014. Under the terms of the Order, federal…

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