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Federal:

COBRA.
May 2014
New Cobra notices available. more

FMLA.
"Paid" Family Care Leave.
Employers should follow potential, and likely changes to FMLA as "paid" time.

Background Checks.
Guidance issued to employers, employees and job applicants by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  more

Pay and Worker Classification.
Potential change to FLSA.
An increase to the “salary basis” amount from $455 a week “by a significant amount.”  more

ACA.
Employers with at least 50 but fewer than 100 employees will not be required to comply with the employer shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until January 1, 2016  more

FLSA.
Donning and Doffing High Court Ruling - Time spent putting on/taking off clothes NOT compensable time  more

DOL revised COBRA notices and posters  more


HR Advice.  HR Solution.
State:

Massachusetts.
Governor Wants to Ban Non-Compete Agreements and Enact the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. more

Massachusetts.
Summer Interns.
Employers should know the age ranges (14-15) (16-17) and permissible criteria and provisions for hiring such as working hours and other requirements. 

Massachusetts.
Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Reviewed by Legislature  more

Massachusetts.
Disruptive Behavior Outside Workplace - Court Upholds Discharge(Jan. 27, 2014)
Pina v. The Children's Place, 1st Cir., No. 13-1609 ."Behavior violated company policies requiring employees to treat each other with respect and dignity.

New York.
Paid Sick Time  Law In Effect  more

Massachusetts.
New version of their Fair Employment Law Notice.  more

Massachusetts.
Independent Contractor Statute/Misclassification Law more