HR Hot Topics
Published on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 00:00
The first quarter of 2019 has brought several potential changes in both proposed regulations and legislation that may impact your organization. Below are the current HR Hot Topics to be keep in mind:
- DOL proposes changes for calculating overtime. The proposed rule would exclude certain benefits from the regular rate of pay.
- The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act. If the bill is ultimately signed into law, it would prohibit employees nationwide from asking job applicants about their salary history and require employers to prove that pay disparities between men and women are job-related.
- The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. The proposed rule involves a clear, four (4)-factor test to determine what power the potential joint employer actually exercises over the employee.
- A bill has been introduced to legalize marijuana use under federal law. Currently, ten (10) states and D.C. currently allow for recreational marijuana use, and thirty-three (33) states and D.C. have legalized medical marijuana use. Kansas recently introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Although similar bills have been struck down in the past, supporters believe that it has a better chance to pass this term.
As a reminder, these changes are only proposed and will not take effect until either a final rule is announced, or a bill is signed into law. HR Partners will continue to monitor these changes and provide updates as we receive new information. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please contact HR Partners at 785-233-7860. In addition, we would be pleased to assist you with any other HR matters your business may need guidance with.