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Diversity – A Competitive Advantage

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Recently, Austin HR was approached by a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman’s online 512tech site to provide a perspective on the topic of diversity as a strategic advantage. The thrust of the article was that more and more companies are embracing the benefits of a diverse workforce. As the writer, Omar…

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EEO1 – New Federal Law Alert

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will require employers with 100 or more employees to submit summary pay data and total hours worked for the year as part of the annual EEO-1 report. The first report, capturing data from 2017, will be due March 31, 2018….

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Upcoming OSHA Rule Changes

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new final rule revising its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation. The rule will require certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. It also prohibits employers from discouraging employees from making injury and illness reports. Anti-Retaliation…

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Department of Labor Penalty Increases

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In November of 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act, requiring federal agencies to increase their civil penalties to account for inflation. Many agencies had not done so in more than a decade. This initial increase in rates is capped at 150 percent. Going forward,…

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Internships – Unpaid or Paid?

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Unpaid internships are permissible if they meet very specific criteria, but employers should proceed with extreme caution. The Department of Labor has a six-part test for determining whether interns may be unpaid. As a best practice, we recommend that you use unpaid interns only if all six of these criteria…

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