Poster Requirements

We want to ensure our members and other subscribers are aware that all employers must post certain federal and state notices & posters. At the federal level, an employer with fewer than 50 employees must post these 5 notices: Fair Labor Standards Act; Employee Polygraph Protection Act; Equal Employment Opportunity; Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment…

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Massachusetts Restricts Non-compete Clauses

At the close of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law prohibiting the use of non-compete agreements for certain employees and dramatically restricted their use for others. The Massachusetts Non-competition Agreement Act – Section 21 of the Economic Stimulus bill was signed into law last week by Governor Charlie Baker and, effective October 1,…

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Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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Harvey & Irma Troubles Continue

Last week’s Hurricane Harvey left unimaginable damage and destruction in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Following closely on its heels, the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma in the southeast United States has us all praying for those who have and will be devastated by the fury of Mother Nature. In no way to minimize the…

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Indiana Bans Ban the Box

I guess it might be the exception that proves the rule, but legislators in the Hoosier State gave Indiana employers a lot more leeway in their job interview techniques with a new law that took effect July 1. Not only can Indiana employers inquire into any criminal history that a job applicant may have, the…

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And Labor Law Poster Changes, Too

Along with the many minimum wage changes taking place, there are often corresponding changes required to labor law posters that small businesses must be aware of and in compliance with.  DDIFO is looking at a program to help our members address this issue, but in the meantime we would advise that no fewer than 19…

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Next Wave In Ban The Box

One had to wonder where the progressive agenda would go next relative to hiring practices and why employers may choose not to hire a particular individual.  The “Ban the Box” effort that has been spreading like a disease over the past year or so was taken to another whole level by the city of Los…

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I-9 And Immigration Fines Increased

The Department of Labor hasn’t only been focused on the FLSA either.  Along with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, DOL increased the fines accessed on employers for immigration-related violations, including unfair employment or discrimination practices, violations of the H-1B or H-2B programs as well as Form I-9 and E-Verify Violations.  The increased fines…

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Medical Marijuana Use in O-high-O

Earlier this summer, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a medical marijuana bill into law, but unlike some other states, it provides significant protection for Ohio employers.  The law, which goes into effect on September 8, 2016, will permit eligible individuals (with specific health conditions) to receive authorization from their healthcare provider to use certain forms…

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Virginia Firms Can Fire Workers Without Notice

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that no advance notice is needed for an employer to fire an at-will employee thereby reaffirming Virginia’s adherence to the traditional at-will employment doctrine.  Employers in the Old Dominion state have been guided by a court decision from 1906 (Stonega Coal & Coke Co. v. Louisville & Nashville R.R.…

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