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Benefits Update (No. 4, December 2016)

Fisher Phillips • December 02, 2016
What Employers Need To Know About Mandatory Payroll Deduction Savings Programs

USDOL Appeals Last Week's Exemption Ruling

Fisher Phillips • December 02, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed its notice to appeal last week's preliminary injunction that prevented the salary-related changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's "white collar" exemptions from taking effect today.

Labor Department Announces Intent to Appeal Preliminary Injunction of Overtime Regulations on the Day the Regulations Were to Become Effective

Ogletree Deakins • December 02, 2016
On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announcing its intent to challenge a Texas district court’s issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of revised overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Ironically, December 1 was supposed to be the effective date for the revised regulations, which would more than double the minimum salary requirements for the FLSA’s major white collar exemptions.

Study Finds Companies May Do Too Much For Data Breach Victims

Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 02, 2016
A recent study at the University of Arkansas suggests that organizations should avoid doing too much for individuals affected by a data breach. That is, when organizations provide compensation to breach victims that exceeds the victims’ expectations it could backfire. Those victims may become suspicious, thinking the organization has something to hide, which could have an adverse impact on the victims’ willingness to continue doing business with the organization.

OSHA Finally Issues Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 02, 2016
On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule revising and updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The final rule includes revised and new provisions addressing fixed ladders, rope descent systems, and fall protection systems. The rule also establishes requirements on the design, performance and use of personal fall protection systems in general industry. In addition, employers must now train employees on identifying and minimizing fall hazards, using fall protection systems and maintaining, inspecting and storing fall protection equipment.

Reminder: USCIS Fee Increase Effective December 23, 2016

Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 02, 2016
Any employer anticipating submission of an immigration application or petition should consider filing prior to December 23, 2016, to avoid higher USCIS filing fees.

Dec. 1 DOL Overtime Rule Blocked: Now What?

Goldberg Segalla LLP • December 01, 2016
Just days before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule was scheduled to go into effect, a U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the rule from taking effect across the country. Employers now face a number of legal, practical, and morale issues as they await a final decision in the matter.

Sharing Economy Companies All Smiles After Trump’s Transpo Pick

Fisher Phillips • December 01, 2016
Yesterday’s news that President-elect Trump (it still feels weird to write that, I gotta admit) selected Elaine Chao as his Secretary of Transportation was well-received in the sharing economy. Rideshare giants Uber and Lyft both indicated in press reports that they welcomed the appointment and looked forward to working with Chao. A deeper look tells us why.

CFPB Final Regulations Impact Employer Paycard Programs

XpertHR • December 01, 2016
Under final regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) pertaining to prepaid debit and credit cards, employers that pay wages using paycards will be required to provide employees with additional disclosures as of October 1, 2017.

EEOC Releases Updated National Origin Discrimination Guidance

Goldberg Segalla LLP • December 01, 2016
Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance on national origin discrimination.