Category: Human Resources

Political Contributions Rule Continues to Be Painful

With the contenders for President nearly locked up for the conventions, I’m stuck worrying about political contributions. At least one fund manager continues to look for an exemption after a small oversight. The firm hired a new senior investment professional in September 2014. A year earlier, the employee had made a contribution to Bruce Rauner

Criminal Background Checks for IA Reps in Massachusetts

There is a new requirement for Investment Advisers Representatives in Massachusetts. Beginning on January 1, 2014 each applicant for registration as an investment adviser representative in Massachusetts will be required to submit a Criminal Offender Record Information (“CORI”) acknowledgement form. The Secretary of State published proposed changes to the Investment Adviser regulations in March. The

Nursing Mothers and Compliance

An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act included in the recent Health Care reform law imposes a new requirement on the workplace. Employers must now provide “reasonable” unpaid breaks to nursing mothers in the first year after birth. The health care law adds a new provision to the FLSA, 29 U.S.C. §207(r)(1), which allows

Evolving Employee Rights in the Age of Web 2.0

Morgan Lewis presented and informative webcast on Web 2.0 from the viewpoint of the company/employee perspective. These are my notes. Panelists: Renee Lawson Carla Oakley Howard Radzely Melinda Riechert James Walsh Companies cannot limit the personal use of these sites. But the line between personal and professional can be very fuzzy. You limit access over

Clothing Drive

This ad induced a huge spit take. I had to wipe off my monitor. Plenty to learn in this video about incentives and unintended outcomes. You can see the obvious HR issues. Bud Light | “Clothing Drive” commercial on YouTube

COBRA Subsisdy Set to be Extended

With the COBRA subsidy having expired, Congress has moved ahead to extend the subsidy. Section 1010 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 extends the COBRA subsidy program for six more months, moving from a nine month subsidy to a 15 month subsidy. It also extends the eligibility for workers from December 31, 2009

COBRA Subsidy Expiring

Congress continues to health care reform while the emergency COBRA subsidy is set to expire. To help out the wave of workers laid-off, downsized and outsourced, Congress included a health insurance subsidy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The government would pay 65 percent of the COBRA premium for eligible

New Workplace Posters – EEO is the Law

Starting November 21, 2009, you need a new workplace poster: EEO is the Law. There are two new federal workplace laws the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act and the ADA Amendments Act. Federal law requires all employers covered by the federal anti-discrimination laws (those with 15 or more employees) to post multilingual notices describing the federal

Workplace Challenges of Influenza (Seasonal and H1N1)

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? I noticed the leaves changing colors in my backyard. That means the annual influenza season is approaching. This year we also get the second round of the Swine Flu. (The pork industry prefers that we use the H1N1 designation instead.) It looks like this second round of H1N1