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Texas Raising Unemployment Taxes

December 10, 2009
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State unemployment taxes are experience-rated based on the number of unemployment claims filed against an employer. The more claims, the more an employer must pay.
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Overtime Pay Plan for Flexible Workweek Approved

November 11, 2009
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Employers may implement an alternative pay schedule so long as employees continue to earn approximately the same salary at an hourly rate that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the FLSA.
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Seasonal Employees Minimizing the Legal Risks

November 11, 2009
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Employees hired on for the holiday shopping season are not exempt from the laws and regulations that govern year-round workers. Here’s a checklist for sound seasonal hiring.
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Congress, Obama Extend Benefits as Unemployment Rises

November 6, 2009
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The bill marks the third time that Congress has increased unemployment benefits since the recession started in December 2007.
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Do Employees Have the Right to Moonlight

October 1, 2009
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Employers are within their rights to expect that employees show up for work ‘present, prompt and prepared.’ If a second or third job disrupts that, employers are within their legal rights to fire those workers. Here are some guidelines that could help keep moonlighting from disrupting your business.
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On-Call Disputes Create Litigation Dangers

September 13, 2009
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'On-call' arrangements are common in many industries, but some employees are claiming that their on-call assignments are so restrictive that they should be considered ‘on duty’ and therefore be entitled to their hourly wage (including overtime pay). In the face of this new scrutiny, you can safeguard your facility by reviewing your policies, with special attention to several practices than can bring problems.
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Recent Settlements Should Alert Employers

September 3, 2009
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Two settlements provide examples of preventive measures that an employer should consider taking to avoid litigation. In addition to paying employees for all hours worked and making rest and meal breaks available where required by law, electronic tracking programs may provide for increased accuracy of time recording. Employers should also ensure that their employee handbooks and policies are updated regularly to comply with the law, and that employees, management and human resources personnel are aware of employee rights and responsibilities.
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Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurer to Be Liquidated

August 28, 2009
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A Florida judge has ordered First Commercial Insurance Co. and its subsidiary, First Commercial Transportation & Property Insurance Co., into liquidation, Florida’s Department of Financial Services said.
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Ex-Broker Hits Citi With Lawsuit Over Signing-Bonus Clawback

August 18, 2009
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The former broker is reportedly seeking class status for the suit on behalf of 500 other Citigroup brokers.
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Garment Workers Protest Sweatshops in Long Island City, New York

August 12, 2009
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Fired Chinese workers are allegedly owed hundreds of thousands in back wages. Complaints say employers deducted 5 percent from the workers’ minimum-wage pay and did not pay for overtime despite 100-hour workweeks.
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