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Important changes for NC employers regarding employee pay

On July 8, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 208 – which changes certainprovisions of the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA). Employers should be aware of the following key changes:Employers must notify their employees, in writing at the time of hiring, of thepromised wages and the day and place for payment. Before […]

Mandatory Vaccines Are Coming

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a new plan tocombat Covid-19. It mandates the Covid-19 vaccine for a select group ofemployers/employees, but the specific rules are forthcoming. Here’s thebreakdown:   Employers with 100+ employees The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) will announce a rule that will require all […]

$125 million awarded in EEOC disability discrimination case

A federal jury in Wisconsin recently awarded more than $125 million in punitive damagesto a former Walmart employee with Down syndrome. In its case against the retail giant,the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged Walmart failed toaccommodate the employee’s request to return to her original work schedule afterchanges caused her disability-related difficulty. Failure to […]

What are some hidden effects of COVID-19 on state and local taxes?

Unlike the federal government, state and local governments generally must balance their operating budgets each year. COVID-19 continues to strain subnational revenue, and businesses are experiencing financial and compliance changes. Here are a few lesser-known impacts to businesses due to the pandemic. Remote workers – COVID-19 caused a huge transition into remote work, the remnants […]

Biden’s executive order on non-compete clauses: What you need to know

President Biden recently released an executive order directing the Federal TradeCommission (the “FTC”) to “curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and otherclauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility.” What does the executive order on non-competes say? The executive order is not a mandate. However, it encourages the FTC to ban what it […]

Companies Settle with EEOC in Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The EEOC recently announced that a trucking business and its staffing agency willcollectively pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment OpportunityCommission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that the companies violated federal law by subjecting African Americanemployees to racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Specifically, it argued thatAfrican American employees were subjected to […]

EEOC Provides Guidance to Employers on COVID Vaccine

The EEOC recently provided guidance to employers, clearing up a few key questionsregarding vaccinations in the workplace. Can an employer require its employees to be vaccinated forCOVID-19? The federal equal employment opportunity laws do not prevent an employer from requiringemployees to be vaccinated for COVID-19, as long as the employer complies withreasonable accommodation requirements under […]

ARPA’s COBRA Subsidy Rule

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) requires employers to subsidize 100 percent of the cost of premiums for COBRA continuation for eligible employees and their dependents from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Since ARPA was signed into law, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance to help employers navigate […]

Telemedicine after COVID-19

Telemedicine in the United States has exploded over the last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey found that more than 60% of Americans had used telehealth, compared to a year earlier when just under 20% had. This has largely been due to federal policy changes, including non-penalties for HIPAA violations during telehealth visits […]

Information Blocking Rule

The Information Blocking Final Rule went into effect in April of 2021, requiringhealthcare providers to provide and share information upon the legitimate request ofa patient or other healthcare provider without unreasonable delay. What do healthcare providers need to know about informationblocking? The Information Blocking Final Rule is request driven—it has everything to do withresponding to […]