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Reducing employees' hours during COVID-19: What you need to know

To lower costs and avoid layoffs during difficult times, employers may consider reducing employees' regular work hours. Among other things, a reduction in hours can affect wage and hour law compliance, eligibility for unemployment and benefits, loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection ...

DOL allows bonuses under fluctuating workweek method

The DOL has issued a final rule that allows employers to offer bonuses or other incentive pay to employees who are paid overtime under the fluctuating workweek method of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule takes effect August 7, 2020. Background: To use the fluctuating workweek ...

OSHA offers updated guidance on recording COVID-19 cases

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued updated guidance on recording occupational illnesses related to COVID-19. The guidance took effect May 26, 2020 and remains in effect until further notice. Background: Under federal regulations, employers with more than 10 ...

Supreme Court: Federal law protects gay and transgender workers

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees because they are gay or transgender. Background: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against ...

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