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New Federal & State Laws That Go Into Effect on January 1, 2015


Executive Order 1365817: Government Contractors — Minimum wage increases to $10.10 per hour for employees of certain government contractors; increases minimum wage of tipped employees to $4.90 per hour.
Affordable Care Act’s Shared Responsibility Provision— the ACA’s employer “pay-or-play” mandate will apply to larger firms with 100 or more full-time employees. W

Missouri Employer Alert — Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 per Hour

Effective January 1, 2015, minimum wage employees in Missouri will get a 15 cent raise due to the this year’s 1.8% inflation rate on the Midwest CIP-W index. The new minimum wage for Missouri employees will be $7.65 per hour.

ADA Accommodation: When is it required?

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a former hairdresser was entitled to have a jury decide whether an Illinois nursing home failed to offer her a reasonable accommodation when she was unable to push wheelchair-bound patients between their rooms and the salon

FMLA Leave – Do employees have to say how long they will be gone?

The short answer – if an employee knows the duration they must tell the employer. If they don’t know the duration, they don’t have to say.

EEOC Sues Employer That Required Employee To Complete A Health Risk Assessment

In order to manage and control rapidly rising healthcare costs, many employers have implemented wellness programs in order to educate employees and encourage greater health awareness. A common feature to most wellness programs includes an annual health risk assessment. Oftentimes, employees are incentivized to complete the assessment either through reduced premium costs or gift cards….

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Giving Pregnant Employees New Rights

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that makes it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. Under the new law, employers must make reasonable accommodations if a pregnant employee asks for it, but employers can require documentation…

Starbucks Barista Gets NLRB Backing Second Time Around

Note to Employers: don’t fire a worker who tells his boss to “go f *** ” herself in front of customers, then blow it by blaming the termination on his pro-union activities.

New Rights for Pregnant Employees on the Horizon

Legislation that would make it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees is nearer to becoming law. House Bill 8 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to give pregnant employees a right to reasonable accommodations for conditions related pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy related medical conditions. The…

Severance Agreements: Employer Beware

In settling an existing charge of discrimination, administrative complaint or lawsuit, employers, upon advice of counsel, routinely obtain a release of all claims from the employee. This includes releasing any claims already asserted and any other potential claims the employee could assert in the future. Employers also utilize severance agreements as a means of minimizing…

Missouri increases minimum wage to $7.50/hour

Effective January 1, 2014, most employers in Missouri are now required to pay a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.  The only exception to the Missouri minimum wage increase is for those retail or service employers who have annual gross sales of less…


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