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What does the OSHA ETS mean for your business?

  What does the OSHA ETS mean for your business? On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all private employers with 100 or more employees to implement either requirement that employees be vaccinated against Covid-19 or be subject to weekly testing and wear of a face covering. The ETS does not cover employers already subject to other federal vaccine mandates such as Federal Contractors/Subcontractors...

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How Well Do You Know The ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 28th birthday on July 26, 2018. The goal of this Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, is to ensure that all Americans have access to good, family-sustaining employment. In honor of this momentous occasion, we at Achilles Group would like to help you get to know the ADA better. Check out our Question & Answer segment below, or connect with us to set up an ADA consultation. A Little ADA Q&A Q: What are the ...

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Fair Labor Laws: Establishing Employee Rights in America

According to the United States Department of Labor, “The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy.”Fortunately on Labor Day, we don't just celebrate labor; we celebrate fair labor.  June 25 marked eighty years since the Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed, creating the Wage an...

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Updated FMLA Forms 

An updated set of Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA) forms for employers has been released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division. The only revision to these forms is an updated expiration date. The previous forms expired on August 31 of this year, but now, the updated forms will be valid through August 31, 2021.DOL forms are critical when it comes to ensuring that the FMLA's requirements are met. It is important to stay up-to-date on these forms.If you have any question...

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Compliance Update - I-9 Breaking News!

USCIS released the latest I-9 form (Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification) today, July 17, 2017. The changes are summarized below: Name update: “Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices” changed to “Immigrant and Employee Rights Section”. Deleted “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.” List C addition of “Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240)” Selection C#2 in List C now contains all certifications of report of birth issued...

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Preparing for New Overtime Regulations

UPDATE: On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor released its final rule on new overtime regulations, raising the salary threshold for exempt status to $47,476. Click here for more information.The Department of Labor is expected to publish final overtime regulations in July. The proposed update to the Fair Labor Standards Act would increase the salary threshold for exempt status from $23,660 to $47,476. That means any employee making less than $47,476 a year would need to be paid time and a half...

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Creating a Bond with Remote Employees

With more employees working remotely than ever before, it’s important to make sure everyone feels like a part of the team. Research has consistently found that an engaged workforce is a more productive and profitable workforce, so how can you create a bond with remote employees? Create a “virtual water cooler.” When employees work remotely, they miss out on the casual, face-to-face conversations that take place in the office. Using a tool like Slack, with customized channels for personal topics ...

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Continue Using the Current I-9 Form

The current Form I-9 expired on March 31, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has said employers should continue using the expired form for employment eligibility verification until further notice.Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the U.S. Visit I-9 Central for more information.USCIS has opened a comment period on proposed revisions, which include making Form I-9 a smart form, complete with drop-down m...

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New FMLA Poster and Employer Guide Now Available

The Department of Labor has issued a new FMLA Notice poster and Employer Guide. Employers are not required to update their FMLA Notice posters at this time; the new version simply features a more reader-friendly layout.All FMLA-covered employers are required to display the FMLA Notice poster prepared by the Department of Labor in a prominent place at all locations. The current version of the poster is available as a PDF download on the DOL website. The February 2013 version of the FMLA Notice po...

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New Overtime Regulations: Final Rule Released

The Department of Labor has published its final rule on new overtime regulations. This update to the Fair Labor Standards Act increases the annual salary threshold for exempt status from $23,660 to $47,476, effective Dec. 1, 2016.Any employee making less than $47,476 per year ($913 per week) will have to be paid time and a half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The Department of Labor estimates the new rule will apply to 370,000 workers in Texas and 4.2 million people nationwide.E...

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HR Support for a Growing Company

When Proximity Systems reached out to us, they were looking for support in different HR functions. We were excited to be able to provide them with all of the support they were looking for.“We are happy that we chose Achilles to help fill key positions for us. Our legal compliance and employee relations are stronger because of the relationship we have with them. Along with helping create our Employee Handbook and completing an I-9 Audit for us, the Achilles Group HR experts continue to help us wi...

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The 411 on EEO-1

What is an EEO-1 Report? An EEO-1 Report is a compliance survey mandated by federal regulations.  It is a representation of your employee population based on race/ethnicity, gender and job category.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires employers who meet the compliance threshold to report this information annually between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015. How do I gather the kind of information required in this survey? Typically, employees will complete a Voluntary Sel...

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Davis-Bacon Act - Contractor and Subcontractor Compliance

Are you familiar with the Davis-Bacon Act? The Davis-Bacon Act is a federal law that applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal contracts or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair, including painting and decorating of public buildings or public works. Davis-Bacon Act contractors and subcontractors are required to pay their laborers and mechanics no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corr...

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Implications: Workplace Pregnancy and The Supreme Court

Peggy Young worked for UPS in Landover, Md. and became pregnant in 2006. She told her supervisors that her doctor had recommended she not lift packages heavier than 20 pounds and later in her pregnancy, 10 pounds. Her request for lighter duty was turned down because it was inconsistent with UPS policy.Young took an unpaid leave from work, during which time she did not receive medical benefits. She returned after the birth of her daughter, Triniti. She later filed a complaint with the Equal Emplo...

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Convicted Felons and Your Company

Does your company have a blanket policy in place that prohibits employing any convicted felons?Does your company conduct pre-employment background checks that include a history of felony convictions?If you answered yes to either --- you could be putting your company at risk of violating EEOC’s Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964.Many employers assume that they can summarily reject job applicants who have a felony conviction, and changes in EEOC enforcement guidelines (April 25, 2012) have made th...

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Minimum Wage and Your Company

Although minimum wage in Texas has not changed since 2009 (it is $7.25, which is the Federal Minimum Wage or FMW), companies with operations in multiple states should carefully watch minimum wage developments in order to remain in compliance. Many states and some localities (e.g., San Francisco) now have minimum wages above the FMW and many of them have more increases scheduled for the future. Of course, these changes to minimum wage rates also affect overtime pay calculations. Click here to see...

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Discrimination Charges are Costly!

Each year over 90,000 U. S. employers will get a notice of charge of discrimination  from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If that happens, are you prepared to provide an effective response? Who in your organization has the experience to respond? It’s no surprise that many employers are not prepared for this situation and end up hiring an employment law specialist or attorney to manage and resolve the situation. Even if your organization is not guilty of the allegations, ...

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Upcoming New Overtime Rules

Since 2004 the Department of Labor (DOL) has not changed its Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) definition of a white-collar “exempt” management employee. Under the current FLSA definition exempt managers are not eligible for overtime pay. This definition is about to change and may require thousands of employers to reclassify which employees can still qualify as “exempt” managers and which cannot.Under current FLSA regulations an “exempt” manager’s job must satisfy two tests1. the “salary basis tes...

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New OSHA Recordkeeping Rules Enforced Now

Two Rule Changes for 20151. OSHA has expanded the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA (even employers exempt due to size or industry).The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and adds the requirement to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA.2. OSHA has made updates to the list of industries that are exempt from the requ...

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Regulations for FMLA in Accordance to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage solidifies DOL’s final ruling on FMLA leaveOn Friday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and that the Constitution requires (i) all states to permit marriage between same-sex couples, and (ii) all states to recognize marriages performed in other states, including those between same-sex couples.Earlier this year, the Department of Labor issued a fi...

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