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Reminder: the VETS-4212 reporting cycle for 2016 is now open, and the filing deadline is September 30. Filing information is available on the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) website. The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) (located at 38 U.S.C. § 4212(d)), requires federal contractors and subcontractors subject to the act’s affirmative action provisions in § 4212(a) to track and report annually to the Secretary of Labor the number of employees and new hires that are covered...

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Statewide Task Force on Employee Misclassification and Exploitation On July 20, 2016, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 159 which establishes a permanent, statewide Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification and Worker Exploitation. The task force includes 13 state agency partners. The newly merged task force will bring together unemployment insurance investigators, wage investigators, and workers’ compensation investigators with the investigators and personnel of task force agencies to comprehensively...

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Which Employers Are Incentivizing Generic Drugs Over Brand Name?

Salary Considerations under the New DOL Standards



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According to UBA’s new Special Report – Trends in Prescription Drug Benefits, 61.8% of plans required employees to pay more when they elect brand-name drugs over an available generic drug (a 5.5% increase from 2014); 37.9% of those plans require the added cost even if the physician notes “dispense as written.” On the other hand, only 1% of plans offer no coverage for brand-name drugs if generics are available and 37.2% offer no added cost coverage. So while most employers aren’t completely penalizing those who choose brand-name drugs, more...

POSTED BY ADMIN ON AUG 18, 2016 IN DOL, HR BENEFIT ADVISORS BLOG, INDUSTRY NEWS,THE BLOG | COMMENTS OFF ON SALARY CONSIDERATIONS UNDER THE NEW DOL STANDARDS

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What is Essential? The Madness of Maintaining Job Descriptions Under the DOL



2016 VETS-4212 Filing Period Is Open


On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) will implement changes raising the minimum compensation for exempt employees to $47,476 annually. While salary is just half of a two-part equation that includes a duties test of essential job functions, scrutiny is under way to analyze compensation and find solutions to avoid conflict with the new rule. Many employers are asking: Why not just have all employees work 40 hours and get approval for overtime? The statutory definition of “employ” is “to suffer or permit to work.” The phrase...

New York Employment Law Update


Your new position just got approved and, finally, that mission-critical headcount addition is green-lighted. Celebration ensues until the actual work of finding the ideal candidate begins. The first step is to get a job description. In some cases, a perfectly vetted position analysis and description may exist, one that captures the particulars and purpose of the job. For those not fortunate enough to have a compensation professional providing such information, the search to find the right words to describe the work begins. So launches the...