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A one-two punch probably means changes for overtime payments

A recent Presidential memorandum and a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision are likely to make a big difference in whether employers have to pay overtime to some managerial, administrative, or professional employees.

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New FMLA forms published

To assist employers in complying with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued some model forms for use in the medical certification process. Using these forms is a great way for an employer to ensure compliance with the FMLA. These forms have recently been updated because of some changes to the FMLA. The new forms are available here:

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Employee wellness programs—between a rock and a hard place

Employee wellness programs may be caught between the rock of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and hard place of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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EEOC decision orders Army to allow transgendered employee to use common restroom

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continued its proactive stance towards transgender employees in a ruling released early last month. In its April 1, 2015, decision, the EEOC determined that a transgender civilian employee at Redstone Arsenal had experienced discrimination when she was restricted from using a common women’s restroom. This case highlights the EEOC’s aggressive policy of eliminating discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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DOL redefinition of “spouse” blocked by Texas federal court

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced an important change in the definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rule was to take effective on March 27, 2015. But on March 26, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas issued a temporary restraining order putting the kibosh on the rule change.

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