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DHR's Leigh Anne Ciccarelli to Present on Legal Issues

DHR's Leigh Anne Ciccarelli to Present on Legal Issues

leigh anne ciccarelli smLeigh Anne Ciccarelli, General Counsel for DHR and part of its leadership team, will be presenting on a wide range of legal issues at NAPEO's 2016 Legal Update & Western States Leadership Council Forum. The event will take place on December 7-8 at the Sheraton Grand in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ms. Ciccarelli will be joined by other legal experts, including Neil Alexander, Gordon Berger, Brian Nugent, and John Polson. The group will cover multiple issues, such as EEOC, wage statement and equal pay developments, EEO-1 reporting, immigration & new I-9s, OSHA and drug testing, and much more. The presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, December 7th with a discussion and Q&A session the following morning on Thursday, December 8th.

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HR 101: Minimum Wage

HR 101: Minimum Wage

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.

What is Minimum Wage?

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour however, some states and cities have established minimum wage laws as well. This means if a state has a higher minimum wage than the federal minimum, employers are obligated to pay employees at the higher rate.

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The Long-awaited Update to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The Long-awaited Update to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued the long-awaited update to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new form includes revisions which are designed to help employers reduce technical errors. Additionally, the USCIS has modified the electronic features of the form to promote electronic completion. For those completing the form electronically, instructions for each field is available by clicking a question mark in the box and many fields now include boxes with drop-down lists and calendars. The Form I-9 remains two pages, and has a revision date of November 14, 2016.

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Update to the New Department of Labor Overtime Rules

Update to the New Department of Labor Overtime Rules

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) overtime rule from taking effect on December 1, 2016. The means that the judge agreed with arguments made by concerned states and business groups and issued a preliminary injunction, thus preventing the rules from being implemented on a nationwide basis.

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Arizona voters passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206)

Arizona voters passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206)

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative (Proposition 206), which will increase the state's minimum wage to $10.00 in January 1, 2017 Thereafter, the minimum wage will be raised to $10.50 effective January 1, 2018, $11.00 effective January 1, 2019, and $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2020. Beginning in 2021, the minimum wage will continue to be adjusted annually based on Arizona’s cost of living. Employers with employees who customarily and regularly receive tips as part of their income may continue to pay employees $3.00 less than the minimum wage in accordance with Arizona’s minimum wage act if the employer can prove the employee is earning at or beyond the minimum wage after tips are counted.

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