The ETC HR and Compliance Blog

Businesses are required to post federal and state labor law postings in common areas frequented by employees and applicants.  Failure to post may cause undue risk as well as negative evidence in employment disputes.  According to ETC’s poster compliance partner, Labor Law Poster, the following...

The U.S. Dept. of Labor considers any break lasting less than 20 minutes to be for the benefit of the employer.   Accordingly, those breaks must be paid. However, unauthorized extensions of authorized breaks do not need to be counted as hours worked if the employer has...

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is available on the EEOC's website. "The Digest of EEO Law is a great resource for the federal sector EEO community," said...

Regulators announced plans Monday to expand federal subsidies to the recently revised “short term” and “association health” plans that do not necessarily have to include all the “essential health benefits” and coverages as would otherwise be required under certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual and...

For employers subject to the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it is important to understand what obligations they have when employees take protected leave.1  Generally, FMLA requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave (26 workweeks for military caregiver...

There’s no easy formula to fixing all cultural problems because each workplace is unique. The rules and traditions that lead one team to success might bring a different team to ruin. Some teams will thrive in a highly centralized environment, while others will reach new...

One interesting violation caught my eye in a recent news release from the U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage and Hour Division: an appliance retailer named Conn’s out of Houston was penalized more than  $500,000. This was because after having carefully structured its pay as qualifying...

Did you know? Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to limit certain labor and management practices that can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy....

Though technically not detritus, the influx of unscrupulous or inexperienced contractors that descend on communities after large natural disasters are as immediately present as the rest of the debris left behind. It is for this reason that the U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage and Hour...