A newly released survey from the Pew Research Center indicates most Americans support paid family and medical leave. However, relatively few workers across the United States actually have access to those benefits, and that access can vary widely depending on the industry and the size and type of the employer.
H.R. 785, a bill introduced by Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina), would allow workers nationwide to opt out of paying union dues or fees, even when receiving the benefits of a union-negotiated contract. These so-called right-to-work laws currently exist in 27 states, and Congress is pushing to implement a similar measure at a national level.
It’s important for employers to ensure their compliance with laws and regulations that protect employees from discrimination. Employers may not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, disability, genetic information or age, among other protected classes. Additionally, when performing background checks, employers must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.
In September 2016, the New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) published a new rule outlining requirements for using direct deposit consent forms and payment via payroll debit card. That rule was scheduled to go into effect March 7, 2017. However, in the weeks before the implementation, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeal invalidated and revoked the rule, leaving the state without any regulations on the use of payroll debit cards.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law which applies in all states, and sets the floor for regulations concerning wages, overtime, and hourly work. The FLSA allows individual states to pass laws that go further than the federal law, extending the law more generously in favor of employees. In New York, the […]