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Informed Employer: President Obama’s Overtime Overhaul: a Blessing in Disguise?

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High Court Hears Arguments on Contraception Mandate in ACA
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that pits religious liberty against women's rights. The question directly before the justices is whether for-profit corporations must provide insurance coverage for contraception, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-03-24) Read the full article
New Rules Require Companies to Ask Employees About Disabilities
Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled? U.S. regulations require for the first time that federal contractors -- a group that includes Boeing, Dell and AT&T, among some 40,000 others -- ask their employees if they have a disability.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-03-18) Read the full article
High-Tech Industry Highlights Concerns Over Lack of H-1B Visas
The high-tech industry contends that Congress' failure to raise the cap on H-1B visas is costing the U.S. an opportunity to create a new job every 43 seconds. To make its point, Compete America, which represents many major high-tech firms on immigration issues, has built a calculator that ticks away jobs that it says are lost, or not created, because of visa restrictions.
(Source: Computerworld, 2014-03-19) Read the full article
Death of Film Worker Highlights Questions of Safety on Set
As Hollywood weathers the initial shock of a rare fatal accident during a film production, a complicated tangle of county, federal and private investigators is sorting through narrow questions of specific responsibility. These questions may also address a broader issue: Can, or should, independent movie productions, ranging from no-budget student films to star vehicles underwritten by state subsidies, be more closely policed for on-set safety?
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-03-23) Read the full article
Survey Finds Most Employers Raising Deductibles to Cut Costs
Four of five U.S. companies have raised deductibles or are considering doing so as health costs increase, according to a survey of more than 700 employers. About one-third of the companies have already increased deductibles or other cost-sharing provisions like copays, and 48 percent are considering similar moves, the survey by New York-based consulting firm Mercer found.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2014-03-12) Read the full article
Study Finds Gender Bias Still Hindrance in Hiring Process
Are you aware of your own gender bias when you're hiring? A recent study, published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that managers of both sexes are twice as likely to hire a man as a woman.
(Source: Inc., 2014-03-19) Read the full article
CVS Employee Suing Over Health-Screening Program
A CVS employee is suing the pharmacy chain over its controversial health-screening program. CVS cashier Roberta Watterson claims the company made her disclose personal information, including her weight and level of sexual activity, threatening to charge her $600 a year if she refused.
(Source: The Huffington Post, 2014-03-20) Read the full article
Ex-FreshDirect Employees Sue Company Over Tips
Have you ever mistaken the delivery fee added to your bill as a tip for the delivery person? Four former FreshDirect deliverymen claim this is a common misconception, and they're suing the New York grocery company, alleging that customers believe the delivery fee is a gratuity, when in fact it is retained by the company.
(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014-03-21) Read the full article
NCAA Tournament Has Employers Concerned About Productivity
Across the country, employees are merrily spending company time filling out their tournament brackets, yapping about matchups, researching teams and live-streaming games on their computers, reports staffing firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas in its annual survey. According to the study, 50 million Americans will participate in office pools, and companies stand to lose a collective $1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour during the first week of the tournament.
(Source: New York Post, 2014-03-19) Read the full article
President Obama’s Overtime Overhaul: a Blessing in Disguise?


Michael Blickman


Let’s put politics aside for a moment and consider how President Obama’s recently-announced overhaul of the Department of Labor’s overtime regulations might actually be a blessing in disguise for many employers. Human Resources professionals and business owners will agree that the federal regulations that govern whether an employee is non-exempt (overtime eligible) or exempt (ineligible for overtime) can be murky at best.

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50th Annual Indiana Human Resources Conference & Expo

Ice Miller Partner Jenifer Brown will be speaking at the 50th Annual Indiana Human Resources Conference & Expo. She will be speaking on topics such as:

• I-9 Employment Verification topics for all employers
• Sponsoring foreign professionals for visas and green cards
• What to expect when immigration reform passes

Session: Immigration Today and Tomorrow
Date: April 30, 2014
Time: 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
One hour HR credit

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