Overtime Pay Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

With just over one week remaining until the implementation date of the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant for the Eastern District of Texas has brought the process to a standstill.

Twenty-one states, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction in October, claiming the DOL exceeded its authority by raising the salary threshold too high and by providing for automatic adjustments to the threshold every three years.

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How to Avoid a Company Holiday Party Disaster – Suggestions for Having Fun and Avoiding Liability

The holidays are again upon us. Employees are beginning to embrace the magic of the season and employers are preparing for the annual holiday party. While the proper “do's” and “don'ts” surrounding holiday parties may seem obvious to some, CBS would like to take a moment to remind employers about the potential liability surrounding company holiday parties, and provide some appropriate suggestions to help your company avoid problems from these special holiday celebrations and enjoy the festivities.

Employers should remind employees of the overall expectations of the company holiday party prior to the celebration. Ensure all employees understand and agree to abide by the guidelines and expectations set forth by the company. Also, it may be helpful to remind employees that the employee handbook and/or company policies and procedures also apply to holiday parties - including policies regarding harassment, discrimination, social media and your dress code. Finally, in view of the new overtime regulations, it may be prudent to make your company party voluntary to avoid potential overtime compensation claims.

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Happy Veterans Day!

Thank you

John Veterans Day

 Thank you to John and to all men and women who have served

this wonderful country of ours!

Job Transition Survival

Whether it’s a move to a new company, a complete career change, or a company downsizing, transitions are tedious. Organizations must change to survive and thrive, which means that within our own professions, whether it’s for cause or through no fault of our own, we can sometimes fall victim to one of these job transitions.

It’s important to never take anything for granted and always be prepared. Below are tips on how to take action and survive job transitions.

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Release of the New Form I-9

Ever since the current version of the Form I-9 expired at the end of March 2016, employers have been patiently awaiting the release of the new Form I-9. The wait is finally over. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in September that the updated Form I-9 will be made available by November 22, 2016, with an expiration date of August 21, 2019. The updated form will be available for download at www.uscis.gov.

The current form with the revision date of March 8, 2013, may continue to be used until January 21, 2017. After January 21, 2017, this version of the Form I-9 will be invalid.

The new Form I-9 will now include some ‘smart’ error-checking features, as well as several structural changes. The changes specifically aim to help employers reduce technical errors for which they could be fined. Employers can anticipate many new changes, several of which are outlined below: 

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