You know what sounds like more fun than handing out holiday cards? Handing out gender equality notices! Okay, maybe that is a stretch, but starting January 6, New Jersey employers with more than 50 employees have to post and distribute copies of the gender equality notice. Sure, they might not be as cute as our holiday card, but hey, life isn’t always fair!
Click here to learn more about what you need to do and to download the notice from our partners at Ogletree Deakins.
We have already clued you in on the Firearm Concealed Carry Act and hooked you up with the proper “NO GUNS FOR US!” signage, but we haven’t delved very deep into the ramifications of this new law. From negligence claims to workers’ compensation issues, this Act is messing everything up! To get a grip on what’s what, check out this articlefrom our partners at Ford Harrison.
Books closed! Eyes on your own paper! It is time for a little “how to keep your holiday party from getting you sued” pop quiz. True or false:
- Throwing the party on a Friday night is a good idea.
- Mistletoe is a MUST.
- Normal work rules don’t apply – it’s a party after all!
If you answered true to any of these, you might need to check out this article from our buds at Fisher and Phillips on the do’s and don’ts of holiday party planning.
For a lot of you the New Year is bringing more than pledges to go the gym, it’s bringing a higher minimum wage! Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Oregon are all raising the minimum amount hourly employees must be paid. To find your new rate, and check out a pretty shnazy map, click here.
What else is there to say about health care reform? Sometimes it’s on, sometimes it’s off.Click here for some news on the enrollment delays that will affect small businesses.
Unrelated: Click here for best dog gifs of 2013.
It’s undoubtedly giving season right now—perhaps you are working on the finishing touches for your wish list (or editing down that 80-page tome of the child you managed to raise)—but what about your employees? Will they be getting a holiday bonus? And how does that affect their pay? If the phrase “tax consequences” makes your cold heart grow three sizes in your chest, click here.
Our partners at Fisher and Phillips have made a list, they’ve checked it twice (I’m sure #duediligence), and they’ve broken down which employment laws were naughty and nice this year. So, you don’t need to watch out, but you’d still better not cry – even though the NLRB made the naughty list this year, but there were plenty of employment law changes that made the nice list, too.
Click here to read “Was It A Good Year Or Bad Year? The 2013 Employment Law Year In Review” for a little reflection.