The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009, when it was increased to $7.25 as part of the enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. In the recent elections of November 2016, voters in a number of states approved measures to raise their state's minimum wage. Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington will see a rise in minimum wage starting in 2017.
In this recurring DHR blog feature, Christine La fore (Associate General Counsel for DHR) brings clarity and definition to sometimes confusing terms that hold importance for employers and their HR policies. Christine has reviewed and analyzed countless legal documents and rulings and uses her expertise to help employers properly understand these items to apply policy and promote compliance.
In 1986 in an effort to control illegal immigration, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA forbids employers from knowingly hiring individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. To comply with the employment eligibility requirements, employers are required to verify the identity and employment authorization documents and complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Form I-9 is published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services.
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Just in time for the holiday season - a helpful infographic to help:
- Identify holiday celebration and decoration safety issues.
- Develop reasonable and effective rules for holiday celebrations and decorations.
- Avoid liability and discrimination complaints related to holiday celebrations.
The purpose of throwing company holiday or end of year parties is to thank everyone for a hard year’s work and celebrate a successful year, or in some cases you celebrate just making it through the year. It’s natural for employers to want to reward their employees for a year of dedicated service to the company. Employers just need to be aware of the legal liabilities they could face if precautions are not taken before the festivities begin.