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Photo of Josephine Ko
Aug 17 2017
Wage and Hour  

California Forces Employers to Grapple With Complex Pay Equity Requirements

Passed in 2015 and amended in 2016, California’s Fair Pay Act (FPA) is one of the toughest laws of its kind in the nation. California employers face much greater obligations under the FPA than ever before. The FPA is a complex law that expanded an older law that had been around…

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Photo of Karen Davis
Aug 15 2017
Safety and Health  

Q&A: Make practical preparations for August 21 solar eclipse

Question: We’re going to allow our employees to watch the upcoming solar eclipse in our parking lot. We’ve purchased eclipse glasses for everyone. Can we require employees to sign a waiver of liability in order to participate? What else should we be thinking about in preparing for the eclipse?

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Photo of Josephine Ko
Aug 15 2017
Vigilant NewsDisabilityLeave Laws  

9/26/17 Advanced Leave & Accommodations Management: Navigating the Legal Maze

Legal and Legislative Update/Compliance Experienced HR professionals know that a classroom understanding of employment laws does not compare to real world experience handling injured, ill, and/or troubled workers. Join employment attorneys Josephine Ko and Kandis Sells, for an informative, advanced dialogue on best practices on time off, reasonable accommodation, light duty,…

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Photo of Trish Leimbach
Aug 15 2017
Workers’ Comp  

$167k saved by Washington manufacturer, Vigilant member

Tenacity Pays Off: Vigilant Retro Group Member Saves $167k, Tough Claim Closes

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Photo of Sean Brown
Aug 08 2017
Q&AWage and Hour  

Can employees volunteer to work?

Q: We’re working with new equipment and a few employees have asked us if they can volunteer to stay after their shift to learn how to use the new technology that operates the machines—should we let them?

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Photo of Karen Davis
Aug 04 2017
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

KPMG agrees to pay $420K to rejected Asian applicants

Following an affirmative action audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), KPMG LLP agreed to pay $420,000 in back pay, interest, and benefits to 60 Asian applicants it rejected for associate auditor jobs in New Jersey. The company also agreed to offer positions to 6 of the…

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Photo of Sean Brown
Aug 03 2017
WebinarLeave Laws  

Washington Paid Sick Leave webinar: 9/21/17

Thursday, September 21, 2017 10–11 a.m. Pacific / 1–2 p.m. Eastern Have you heard about Washington’s new paid sick leave law that goes into effect January 1, 2018, and wondered how it might affect you and your business? More importantly, have you figured out what the requirements of the law are and how to smoothly…

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Photo of Diane Buisman
Jul 18 2017
WebinarLeave LawsWage and Hour  

Oregon legislative update webinars: 8/29/17

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 10-11 a.m. Pacific / 1-2 p.m. Eastern (full) and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Pacific / 3:30-5:30 Eastern (open for registration) The Oregon legislature recently ended a busy session, passing several employment bills that will bring big changes to Oregon employers. Get up to speed on what changes are coming and hear practical…

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Photo of Jodi Slavik
Jul 18 2017
Q&APrivacy & Confidentiality  

Think twice before telling the truth about former employees

Q: We just got a call from a business that wants to check on a former employee. They faxed a release she signed waiving liability for information we share. Are we safe telling them the truth about what a bad employee she was?

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