DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions The DOL’s enforcement actions across the vast majority of … Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposal, the minimum salary level for executive, administrative and professional employees would increase from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 per year). This is … Continue reading DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included

Deadline Extended for EEO-1 Filing from March to May 31, 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the deadline for employers to submit EEO-1 Reports for 2018. The reports are now due by May 31, 2019.  What is the EEO-1 Report? The EEO-1 Report is a federally mandated survey that collects workforce data from employers. The data is categorized by race, ethnicity, sex and … Continue reading Deadline Extended for EEO-1 Filing from March to May 31, 2019

Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, Michigan substantially amended its Paid Medical Leave Act (Act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees beginning in March 2019. Key changes to the Act include the following: The paid sick leave requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees (instead of all employers); … Continue reading Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

Did you know?

Another overhaul of the federal overtime rules may be looming on the horizon. The Department of Labor has hinted that it is looking to reveal its proposed changes to overtime eligibility in the first quarter of 2019. Officials haven’t explained how this latest revision will differ from the stalled attempt in 2016. Experts suspect the … Continue reading Did you know?

CTE Programs Earn $1.2 Billion in Federal Funding

Career and technical education (CTE) programs earned a huge win in July when President Donald Trump re-enabled a major source of their funding. The bill President Trump signed reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act—last authorized in 2006—and amends the legislation to make its funds more accessible. Noteworthy Program Highlights Grants roughly … Continue reading CTE Programs Earn $1.2 Billion in Federal Funding

IQ or EQ: What’s More Valuable to Your Company?

The smartest person is usually considered the best person for a job, especially when it comes to leadership. However, HR experts argue that traditional intelligence (book smarts) may not be as important as emotional intelligence (people smarts). What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence (EQ, or emotional quotient) can be summed up by a few characteristics: … Continue reading IQ or EQ: What’s More Valuable to Your Company?