It’s FINALLY a nice spring day outside in Connecticut (see the picture of the Connecticut River taken this morning) so no need to spend a minute more than necessary to catch up on some other employment law-related items you might have missed during the week:
- A topic near and dear to my heart, background checks, had several good posts written about them. The first, from the BeenVerified.com blog, recaps online identity issues and emphasizes the importance, yet again, of doing background checks before hiring. And the EmployeeScreenIQ Blog reports on various schools and employers who fail to follow the law and don’t accept electronic signatures for conducting such checks.
- Several blogs, including the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog and the Workplace Prof blog, report on the Department of Labor’s new commitment to wage & hour enforcement cases. Because of this, Jon Hyman suggests that employers need to be extra vigilant in uncovering wage and hour violations in their own workforce.
- Although I previously discussed the new whistleblower provisions in the stimulus package, the Laconic Law Blog does a good job discussing this further. As the post suggests, "Any organization receiving stimulus funds should be aware of these provisions because, among other things, they contain posting requirements."
- For employers receiving funds from the government under TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program), the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services explained new requirements that employers must meet before hiring foreign nationals to work with H-1B visa. The Washington Employment Law Update has the details.
- The Florida Employment Law Blog has a timely post about the pitfalls of reducing salary and pay of exempt workers as a way to cut costs in these tough economic times. The post suggests ways for employers to avoid running afoul of such rules.