Supreme Court Decision Extends Title VII Protections to LGBTQ Employees

In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided June 15 that, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an individual cannot be discriminated against in the workplace because of sexual orientation, gender identity or transgender...

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Asleep on the Job: When You Have to Pay Employees for “Unproductive” Time

The Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that regulates minimum wage and overtime pay, has a lot to say about when employees must be paid for time an employer might consider unproductive. Because the FLSA requires that non-exempt employees...

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Four Things to Know About the 2020 Form W-4

Earlier this year, the IRS rolled out its new version of Form W-4, the Employee’s Withholding Certificate that enables employers to determine how much federal income tax to deduct from employee paychecks. The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act...

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In Search of Cleaning Supplies; How to Safely Reopen Amid Supply Chain Disruptions

Part of reopening post-coronavirus shutdown involves being able to keep your place of business clean and sanitized. A safe workplace is the right thing to do regardless of COVID-19, but now it is more important than ever to ensure your employees’...

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Eases Forgiveness and Repayment

On Friday, June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA), a bipartisan bill which modifies certain provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow employers more...

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OSHA Issues Revised Coronavirus Enforcement Policies

As economies have begun reopening in all U.S. states, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced two revised enforcement policies to help ensure that employers take steps to protect their employees from coronavirus exposure.

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Hiring at the Top of Your Salary Range? Here's Why It's Not a Good Idea

If your job postings often attract candidates whose pay expectations (and qualifications) far exceed your budget, it might be time to take a look at your recruitment process from a new perspective.

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Running Scared: Addressing Employee Fears about Returning to Work During the Pandemic

First, the coronavirus pandemic shuttered “non-essential” businesses and drove employees home to work. Now, many of those same employees are trepidatious about returning to their traditional worksites as the economy reopens.

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KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas Amends Reopening Order; Changes Took Effect May 31

On May 27, 2020, the Kansas City Health Department confirmed 1,050 cases of COVID-19 in Kansas City, Missouri, including 105 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. Because the virus is still present throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and has...

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How to Manage Employees When Crisis is the New Normal

As the novel coronavirus rolled across America, organizations focused their energies on responding to the crisis. In a matter of days or weeks, they laid off, furloughed or sent employees home to work, addressed the technological needs required...

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