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Retaliatory Firing: Don’t Fire Whistleblowers, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

April 24, 2013 by Kathryn Carlson

Employees have a right to report alleged non-compliance to federal and state agencies without fear of retaliatory firing or demotion- no ifs, ands, or buts. A violation of an employee’s protected conduct of reporting potentially illegal or dangerous circumstances, the Depart...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management, OSHA Tags: Department of Labor, HR compliance, OSHA, retaliatory firing, whistleblower protections Read More

Seven States Raise Minimum Wage on Jan. 1, 2013

November 08, 2012 by Michele McMann

The 2013 federal minimum wage will remain the same at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, the following states will raise minimum wages on January 1, 2013: Arizona Florida Montana Ohio Oregon Rhode Island...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: 2013, minimum wage rates Read More

How Old Are Your Labor Law Posters?

September 10, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

Keep your labor law postings current with KPA’s new Employment and Labor Poster Store. Have you ever paused in your break room and tried to read the labor law posters hanging on the wall? Perhaps you chuckled when you noticed the ancient soup stains, the faded letters … a...

Posted in: DOL, Human Resources Management, Uncategorized Tags: Department of Labor, HR compliance, OSHA, posters Read More

Comp Time Isn't a Gift

July 25, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

All too often I have heard an employer say to employees “we offer comp time”. Unfortunately private sector employer cannot substitute “comp time” for overtime or in lieu of wages. This is the law despite numerous studies that show employees would welcome the idea and since t...

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San Francisco Minimum Wage Tops $10 per Hour and Eight States Increase Minimum Wage for 2012

December 21, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

California regarded as an "employee friendly" state with one of the highest minimum wages in the country at $8.00 per hour. The City of San Francisco however has an even higher minimum wage that the state minimum wage and beginning in January 2012 will have the highest min...

Posted in: DOL, Human Resources Management Tags: 2012 minimum wage, minimum wage increases, state minimum wage Read More

West Virginia Auto Dealership Learns Expensive Lesson in ADA Compliance and Meaning of Reasonable Accomodations

December 20, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

A West Virginia auto dealership learned a very expensive, $56,000 plus legal fees, lesson in ADA compliance this month. The dealership settled a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on December 16, 2011....

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: ada compliance, Americans With Disablities Act, auto dealership, disability discrimination, employment opportunity commission, reasonable accommodations Read More

Getting Ahead of New HR Regulations in 2012- Plan, Prepare and Protect

December 07, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The federal  Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it will significantly change the approach on how it regulates employers' compliance with certain federal laws. In 2012 the DOL will issue regulations requiring employers to take affirmative steps to ensure compl...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: 2012 HR Regulations, california employers, federal wage and hour, hr regulations, regulatory compliance Read More

New Tire Charts from OSHA

December 05, 2011

There has been a lot of buzz lately over tires. It seems like even touching them is regulated by some federal agency or another. Additionally, I've read a few lawsuits, where questions of dealership liability in accidents have been raised, and that doesn't begin to touch the ...

Posted in: DOL, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Handilng and storing tires, OSHA, OSHA tire standards, Revised OSHA tire charts, servicing multi-piece rims, servicing single-piece rims, tire charts Read More

Unemployment Rate Declines for First Time Since 2009

December 05, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The Bureau of Labor Statistics  announced on December 2, 2011 that 120,000 jobs were added in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent. This is the lowest rate since 2009. The largest job gains were in retail trade, professional and business services, health c...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: bureau of labor statistics, job growth November 2011, jobs, unemployment rate Read More

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Business on Meal and Break Laws

November 18, 2011

In the latest ruling on meal and break laws, a federal judge in the Southern District of California ruled in Favor of Penske Logistics. According to this decision, meals and rest breaks are not covered under wage laws. That means that meal and break laws for the transportatio...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Court decision, FAAA laws, Meal and break laws, wage and hour laws Read More