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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 e...

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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 employmen...

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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 idea...

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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 ...

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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 “Immigr...

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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 over...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 position...

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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)...

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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...

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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 tur...

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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 putt...

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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 st...

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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 experie...

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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 definiti...

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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-...

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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 t...

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