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The EEOC Is Back in Full Swing

This Can Puncture Profits 4 Steps to Fortify Your Business   After taking a respite during the peak of the pandemic, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has exploded with new lawsuits on allegations of discrimination in the w...

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Client Success Story: Engineered Air Balance (EAB)

Achilles Group began working with us during a difficult time, but the transition went a lot smoother than expected. They adapted quickly to get us up to speed and headed in the right direction. They learned our business needs and helped us strategize...

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Unemployment Fraud Is On The Rise

Unemployment fraud is a growing issue for many employers in Texas. A form of identity theft, unemployment fraud occurs when an individual knowingly collects unemployment benefits using a social security number or other private information that does n...

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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 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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Fighting The Battle on Cybersecurity

HR departments hold a vast amount of data ranging from home addresses, social security numbers and other personal information.  They are responsible for protecting this sensitive information that are transferred both internally and externally.Accordi...

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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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The Employer Mandate Fee / Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

The employer mandate fee is officially referred to as a "shared responsibility payment," as the fee will help fund marketplace subsidies and fund other aspects of the Affordable Care Act.The annual employer mandate fee (officially called an Employer ...

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Background Check Boomerang

THE PROBLEM:  Employers commonly obtain consumer reports as part of a routine background check.  Plaintiff's attorneys have recently latched onto some lesser-known consumer report requirements within the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  Possibly, c...

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Ebola and Your Business

I recently attended a webinar given by the Law Firm of Ogletree Deakins in regards to Ebola and what employers need to know. The presentation described how an employer's actions could have implications with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ...

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