DOL Closer to Issuing New FMLA Regs

November 10, 2008 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

Update: New FMLA regulations issued by DOL on November 14, 2008

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its final draft of revised Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, which could be published in the Federal Register this month. These would be the first new FMLA regulations since 1995, when the current regulations were issued. The FMLA itself was enacted in 1993.

In developing the draft final regs, the DOL reviewed several thousand comments on the proposed FMLA regulations it published back in February of this year. The contents of the final draft aren’t yet known, of course, but the final rules may retain some of the following proposed regulations.

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Low Cost Ways to Show Employees You Value Them

November 07, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Of course you want to show your appreciation when employees out-perform expectations. A cash bonus? 401K profit sharing matches? Not in the budget this year. Learn inexpensive ways to thank your employees for their hard work and dedication with the free White Paper from HR Hero, Giving Thanks: How to Show Employees They’re #1 Without Breaking the Bank.

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Holidays 2008 Survey

November 07, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

It’s time for HRHero’s annual holiday survey to see how many holidays companies are offering during the next 12 months and how the economy will affect their holiday celebrations and bonuses. This year’s survey starts with the Thanksgiving holiday this month and goes through October 2009.

And speaking of holidays, HR Hero Line will take the day off on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) but will resume on Dec. 5.

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Election 2008 white paper, time off to vote state laws, sample policy

October 31, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

With the 2008 election in its final days, employers must brace for significant employment law changes. has produced a free white paper on 6 potential employment law changes under new leadership in Washington. The white paper also includes a chart of time off to vote laws taken from HR Hero’s 50 Employment Laws in 50 States book. The laws have been researched by employment law attorneys in each state who are part of the Employers Counsel Network. The white paper also includes a comprehensive “Time Off to Vote” sample policy you can adapt for your company.

You can also check out John Phillips post about the Impact of Presidential politics on employment law issues.

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Your HR Department 2008 Survey Results

October 24, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Many thanks to everyone for taking this month’s survey twice. Your answers were very interesting, especially on the essay question about the most difficult thing your HR department has had to do this year. Many of you have had to deal with layoffs, finding good employees to hire, the rising cost of health care, and every HR person’s favorite four-letter word – FMLA.

Once you’ve checked out the survey results, add a comment to this post and tell us what you think.

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Your HR Department Survey 2.0

October 17, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Last Friday (Oct. 10) we discovered we had some significant technical problems with the survey on Your HR Department that caused us to lose many of your responses.

So we’re going to try this again. The survey is the same. We’ve gotten the technical problems resolved. Now we just need you to take the survey — again.

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Connecticut Court Overturns Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

October 13, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Connecticut has become the third state to legalize same-sex civil marriages, which California and Massachusetts already recognize. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to overturn a lower court ruling that denied same-sex couples the right to marry on the grounds that existing laws allowing civil unions afforded them sufficient rights. Gay and lesbian couples sought the right to marry under the Connecticut Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. The Connecticut decision has no potential effect on federal law, which does not recognize same-sex marriages.

We will provide more details and discuss how this ruling will affect your workplace in an upcoming issue of Connecticut Employment Law Letter.

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Mental Health Parity Measure Part of Bailout Package

October 06, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

A mental health parity measure has been passed in Congress as part of the $700 billion financial rescue package. The measure requires covered employers that provide health plans to cover mental illness and substance abuse on the same basis as physical conditions. President George W. Bush signed the financial package on Friday, October 3. The mental health provisions go into effect one year after enactment, with a different effective date for collective bargaining agreements.

Here are some of the provisions of the mental health measure: read more…

New York’s Disposal of Personal Records Law Amended

October 02, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

On September 5, 2008, New York Governor David A. Paterson signed into law Bill No. A10625, which amends New York’s General Business Law. Effective immediately, the amendment clarifies who must abide by New York’s Disposal of Personal Records Law, which relates to the disposal of records containing personal identifying information.

Personal identifying information consists of personal information, such as a name, number, personal mark, or other identifier, that can be used to identify a natural person, coupled with one or more data elements. Data elements range in type and are enumerated in the statute.

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ADA Amendments Act Expands Definition, Interpretation of Disability

September 25, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

President Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) into law on Sept. 25. It will expand interpretation of the American with Disabilities Act’s coverage, reversing a trend toward narrow construction that began with a string of U.S. Supreme Court decisions starting in 1999. The amendments become effective January 1, 2009.

Learn more from a nationally recognized authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jonathan R. Mook, by participating in the HR Hero audio conference, “ADA Amendments Act Takes Effect Jan. 1: Get Ready For New Challenges.” For more information, call (800) 274-6774.

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