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Student Loan Debt Repayment Options

The Employer Participation in Repayment Act (H.R. 1043), which is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 100 House members and a companion bill (S. 460) was reintroduced in the Senate with 18 cosponsors.  The legislation would allow employers to give tax-free student loan assistance up to $5,250 a year per employee, the same amount that … more »

Proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overtime Rule

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an updated overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). If the proposed overtime rule goes into effect, over one million workers who are not currently eligible for overtime pay may be eligible. … more »

Internship Guidelines

It is that time of year when employers are contemplating utilizing interns during the summer months. Employers must ask themselves the question as to whether interns should be paid a minimum wage and overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), or not? Employers who intend to engage with interns should ask themselves … more »

Creating a Personal Appearance in the Workplace Policy

Most employers intend to uphold an image the represents their organization in a positive way. Employees’ personal appearance while they are representing the organization may have a direct impact not only on the image of the organization, but also the success of the organization. Personal appearance in the workplace standards vary from uniforms to suits … more »

Small Business Hiring Best Practices

Many small business owners and executives will attest to the fact that hiring poor performing employees has a much greater impact within a small business than it does on a larger organization with a greater number of employees. For instance, if a small business has ten employees and one of them is underperforming, that’s 10% … more »

Employer Considerations for Unexpected Workplace Closures Due to Inclement Weather

In bygone days, many workplaces held a policy, whether clearly articulated or unspoken, that business operations must never shut down. However, in recent years, as employer obligations toward employees have grown, and employee-friendly workplaces have become more popular, employers have begun to re-think their “always open” policies during inclement weather. Of course, when a blizzard … more »

Understanding the Unemployment Claims Process in Indiana

Unemployment compensation is a benefit that provides short-term assistance to individuals who are eligible according to state laws. To an unemployed person, unemployment insurance benefits may be a lifeline to survive in the midst of an uncertain period of time in his or her life. However, the term “unemployment” often evokes a sense of unease … more »




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