The ETC HR and Compliance Blog

Just a quick peek at the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Wage and Hour Tweets for the last two weeks caused me to remember a proverb my parents often repeated with a sigh as we watched the news; “The more things change, the more they stay...

In its continued efforts in assisting and educating employers with respect to wage and hour compliance, the U.S. Dept. of Labor recently released a new compliance tool for small businesses.   If you have a small business and have questions or compliance needs, you should check it...

The US Dept. of Labor has released new compliance assistance materials for association health plans (AHPs) to assist plan sponsors in understanding what their obligations are under ERISA.  A very thorough overview of these compliance responsibilities and procedures, can be found here:  https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/ebsa/about-ebsa/our-activities/resource-center/publications/compliance-assistance-publication-ahp.pdf  Additional information from the...

Federal regulators have taken a beginning and extremely tentative step which could alter the landscape of employee group health benefits and how their premiums are paid. In what the IRS said was to “initiate and inform the process,” it issued Notice 2018-88 to suggest ideas about...

Texas has a long and somewhat checkered history when it comes to an employer using a health reimbursement arrangement to pay for an employee’s health care benefit plan.  The main question was always: can an employer legally implement an HRA and permit his employees to use...

A couple of important caveats exist for any employer or  adviser who is interested in possibly heading down this new path to use HRAs as a vehicle for providing health benefit plans for employees: First, the proposed rule is the first real look at how the...

If one ever wondered how serious the U.S. Dept. of Labor and especially its Wage and Hour Division is about enforcing the laws and regulations, a review will prove in no uncertain terms: Employers who don’t take compliance seriously are risking a lot of financial...

Indiana Manufacturer’s Penalty: $338,151 in Overtime Back Wages and Damages Elkhart, IN – Recreational vehicle parts manufacturer Lippert Components will pay $338,151 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 1,199 current and former employees following an investigation that found violations of the overtime requirements of...

Although both types of conversations are usually intensely personal and sensitive and can be areas of disagreement and conflict between employees, should an employer consider prohibiting them? Generally, probably not; but the underlying laws and regulations that speak to these questions need to be understood....