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Webinar: OFCCP’s Final Rule on Prohibiting Pay Secrecy Policies

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will host a two-hour public webinar at 1 p.m. CST this Thursday, January 28, on the Final Rule on Pay Transparency, which was effective January 11. The Final Rule amended existing regulations that implement Executive Order 11246, which deal with non-discrimination and pay. Read more.

Employers Advised to Prepare for Questions on ACA Reporting Forms

As employers prepare to distribute Forms 1095 to employees by the newly extended IRS deadline of March 31, they should brace for increased questions from employees about the new forms. In Notice 2016-4, issued by the IRS on Dec. 28, the agency extended the deadlines for both providing individuals with the reporting forms required as part of the Affordable Care Act and for filing them with the IRS, although it also said “employers and other coverage providers are encouraged to furnish statements and file the information returns as soon as they are ready.” Read more.

Are You a Joint Employer?

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance on joint employment in the form of an administrator’s interpretation. In a nutshell, joint employment exists when a person is employed by two or more employers such that the employers are responsible, both individually and jointly, for compliance with a statute. Read more.

Judge Orders El Tequila Restaurants And Owner Carlos Aguirre To Pay $2.1 Million In Back Wages

A federal judge in Tulsa overturned a jury verdict and ruled that El Tequila LLC and owner Carlos Aguirre willfully violated the minimum wage, overtime, and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. El Tequila and Aguirre must pay $2.1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to over 300 vulnerable workers. Read more.

Employees Still Value Health Care Benefits

No matter what President Obama says about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has made access to health care less dependent on employment, most Americans still have health care on their minds when applying for jobs. A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Collective Health, a company that provides health care administration software to self-insured employers, finds that three quarters of U.S. adults say that health care benefits would be a significant factor in their decision to take a job. Read more.

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