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U.S. House of Representative passes comp time bill

On May 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow employees to be compensated for overtime with compensatory time, more often referred to as “comp time.” The bill was introduced by Representative Martha Roby, a Republican who represents Alabama’s second Congressional district. The second Congressional district is composed of Montgomery County and most of southeast Alabama.

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Requiring too much FMLA documentation may cause problems

The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision of a U.S. District Court in Florida involving the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As revealed by the court’s reversal, there are some important lessons to be learned about complying with the FMLA.

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Employers must begin using new I-9 Form

As of January 22, 2017, employers must use the new I-9 Form when onboarding new employees.

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What is at-will employment?

Employees who are unhappy with something that has happened at work often send us email messages seeking help. For example, they may complain that they have had their hours reduced, their office moved, or don’t get a lunch break. Of course, these employees don’t think what has happened is fair. They need the money from the extra hours they no longer work.

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Update on appeal of injunction against new overtime rules

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal in Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor. The appeal comes as a result of a U.S. District Court in Texas issuing a nationwide injunction against the DOL’s new overtime rules that were to go into effect on December 1. The appeal was filed in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (docket number 16-41606).

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