HR Spotlight

Job-Protected Leave Under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA)

This law temporarily expands the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to eligible employees for “a qualifying need related to a public health emergency.”  This temporary expansion of FMLA is effective April 2, 2020, and expires December...

Minnesota Wage and Hour Record-keeping Requirements

Minnesota employers are required to keep certain records about each employee. The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) can demand and inspect these documents at any time to ensure compliance with Minnesota law. Information employers must record and...

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 & Instructions

USCIS released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on January 31, 2020. Employers should begin using the new version of Form I-9 at this time. Use of the new Form I-9 becomes mandatory starting May 1, 2020. ******** Need to...

Five Tips for Effective Meetings

If you want to get a snapshot of your organization’s efficiency and the health of its culture, look at your meetings. Are they efficient and productive? Do their results justify the time and expense? Are meetings an occasion for collaboration, knowledge-sharing,...

Employee Record Retention Guidelines

A business’ file storage system can be an asset or added liability, depending on its upkeep. Employee records are one of the trickier aspects of records management; it can be easy to confuse what documents should be kept or destroyed and on what timeline....

HR Tip of the Month

Question: If our company closes due to inclement weather, are we required to pay employees? Can we require PTO use? The answer depends on whether the employees are exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Exempt employees must still be...

Minneapolis Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

On August 8, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council passed the Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance, creating new requirements for Minneapolis employers and giving the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights enforcement power.  The ordinance will take effect...

Reminder: EEO-1 Is Due by September 30, 2019

On September 29, 2016, the EEOC announced that it would collect summary pay data from certain employers for the first time as part of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) for 2017 that was due on March 31, 2018. However, before the report was due,...

HR Tip of the Month

Question: What happens if someone is misclassified as an independent contractor? There are many potential liabilities resulting from misclassification and they come from several sources: namely, the IRS, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation,...

Paid Sick Leave Popular

We’ve all seen it—one of our employees has a bad cold, maybe even the flu, but they come to work anyway. In some cases, the employee has the option of taking time off, and you’d prefer they do so, but still they show up, putting everyone in the...