News & Announcements

HEC hosting Training on "Creating a Culture of Empowered Accountability" on May 21
Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cynthia Kitagawa of Insight Consulting & Training LLC will provide employers with valuable information on creating and encouraging employee accountability to ensure successful completion of personal work goals, team goals, and organizational objectives.

Employers must use only New Form I9 beginning on May 7
Thursday, April 25, 2013

The revised Form I-9 issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) last month will become the only acceptable version for employer use as of May 7.

DOL and DHS issue Interim Final Rule on H-2B Guestworker Prevailing Wage Calculation Methodology
Thursday, April 25, 2013

In response to a recent court decision vacating portions of the Department of Labor's current prevailing wage rate regulations, the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security published an interim final rule in the Federal Register last week that articulates the methodology that will be used to calculate prevailing wages for H-2B guestworkers.

CMS gives Notice of Termination Dates for Select Operational Processes under ACA's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
Thursday, April 25, 2013

In preparing to implement the January 1, 2014 sunset date on ACA's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a notice regarding termination dates of certain operational processes under the program including:

Employer improperly terminated Three Workers for Facebook Complaints and maintained an Overbroad "Wage and Salary Disclosure" policy, according to NLRB
Thursday, April 25, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board recently held that an employer's decision to terminate three employees for Facebook postings, as well as the company's creation of a policy prohibiting wage and salary disclosure violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA").

Massachusetts Federal Court holds that an Employee may litigate FMLA Claims despite Company's Claim of a Valid Arbitration Agreement
Thursday, April 25, 2013

An employee working as an externship coordinator at a for-profit school is not required to arbitrate her FMLA claims despite signing an acknowledgment form for a handbook containing a dispute resolution policy requiring arbitration.

NLRB confirms Position that Employer Policy requiring Confidentiality in All Investigations is Overbroad and Chills Employees' Section 7 Rights
Thursday, April 25, 2013

On April 16, the National Labor Relations Board released an Advice Memorandum issued in January, which directs a Regional Office to file a complaint alleging that a paper mill operator violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining a code of conduct policy that investigations must be held in strict confidence to protect witnesses from harassment, keep evidence from being destroyed, and to prevent a cover-up.

Most Private Sector Employers Require Employees to Contribute to Health Insurance Costs, according to BLS
Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has determined that in March of 2012, 82 percent of private sector employees who received medical coverage were required to share in the cost, and 91 percent of workers were required to share in the cost of family coverage.

Feature of the Month:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Updated Resources

HEC has updated its Families First Coronavirus Response Act resources to reflect the revisions to the regulations, effective Sept. 16.

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