Regulatory Updates

Equifax Data Breach: What You Need to Know

September 18, 2017 – Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, was recently the victim of a massive cyber attack, potentially compromising the personal information of 143 million people. The breach itself occurred between mid-May and July 2017 when cyber criminals gained access to sensitive data by exploiting a weak…

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EEOC Reverts to Prior Version of EEO-1 Report for 2017

On August 29th, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) it was initiating a review and immediate stay of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form scheduled to become part of the new EEO-1 Report. Employers should plan to comply with the earlier approved EEO-1…

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DOL Considers Issuing New Overtime Rule

August 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a request for information (RFI) regarding the overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information from the public on 11 key issues before formulating a proposal to amend the Fair Labor…

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New Form I-9 Released for Use in September

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete a Form I-9. The updated form replaces a version issued in 2016. Employers…

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Sick and Safe Time Ordinances Now in Effect

On July 1, 2017, the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance along with the St. Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance went into effect. At this time, both ordinances will only be enforced against those employers residing within each city. This is subject to change, however; and employers residing outside of Minneapolis and St.…

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Minneapolis City Council Passes $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

On June 30, 2017, the Minneapolis City Council approved a municipal minimum wage ordinance, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour for nearly all Minneapolis employees. The requirement is scheduled to be phased in over a five-year period for large businesses and a seven-year period for small businesses. The ordinance defines large businesses as…

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OSHA Proposes New Deadline for Electronic Reporting

June 29, 2017 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a new December 1, 2017 deadline to receive electronic workplace injury and illness reports. The previous deadline was set for July 1, 2017. This updated deadline was proposed to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation and…

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DOL Withdraws Guidances: Worker Classification and Joint Employment

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew two guidances, one a 2015 administrative interpretation on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors, and the other a 2016 guidance regarding joint employment. Both withdrawals are effective immediately. Details regarding the impact these guidance withdrawals will have on employers are included below. Worker…

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House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules

On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180) and sent it to the Senate for review. If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week. Compensatory time off is…

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Court Rules Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

May 15, 2017 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, issued on April 4, 2017, makes it illegal to use an individual’s sexual orientation as…

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