Topics: Labor

Time Off Denial – Legal or Not?

Our company has recently instituted a new policy for requesting time off when another employee is already scheduled off and/or an employee who covers for the new requester’s time off will be covering someone else and/or on vacation themselves consecutively with the new request. We have limited employees and only a few employees that cover for other employees. We have implemented that no two employees may be off at the same time and that all employees must review the vacation calendar prior to submitting a request for time off. All employees have access to the vacation calendar and it is updated each time a request has been approved. If an employee needs to request time off during either of those situations, we have requested that the employee provide a reason that they need off so that we can make a determination whether or not to approve the request. More

IRS Issues Guidance on Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The IRS issued guidance expanding the definition of "targeted individuals" for whom employers may claim a Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Specifically, the IRS added qualified long-term unemployment recipients, effective January 1, 2016. The IRS is also modifying the applicable forms employers use to claim a Work Opportunity Tax Credit. More

Consider Interns to Help You Meet Your Goals

With school soon to be out for the summer, a number of businesses are offering paid and unpaid internships. Students, particularly those studying marketing, design or photography, may be willing to create custom projects for you, which will give them professional examples of their skills to add to their portfolios and give you a valuable service. More

Congressmen Urge DOL to Reconsider Expanded Overtime Eligibility

More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to reconsider the Department of Labor’s proposed regulation to expand overtime eligibility arguing that the one-size fits all rule would adversely affect employers and hurt the nation’s workers instead of helping them. More

Four Tips for Submitting the Best Bill Moon Scholarship Application

The NATSO Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Bill Moon Scholarship until May 15, 2016. A travel plaza/truckstop industry employee or the legal dependent of an employee are eligible. Five $5,000 scholarships will be awarded this year. For students, the process of submitting scholarship applications can seem daunting. To help those applying for The Bill Moon Scholarship, the NATSO Foundation has compiled four tips to help students strengthen their applications. More

NATSO, Stakeholders Support ADA Reform

NATSO joined a group of business and trade associations representing a broad cross section of the U.S. economy in supporting the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015,” H.R. 3765, which would rein in the number of frivolous lawsuits filed against businesses under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). More

New Overtime Regulations: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops And Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

In May 2016, the Department of Labor finalized new rules governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay. The new rules double the minimum salary threshold that employees must earn in order to be exempt from overtime pay, increasing the figure to $47,476/year ($913/week), up from the previous salary of $23,660 ($455/week). This number will be automatically updated every three years based on wage inflation. The new rules do not change the so-called “duties test” applicable to employees who earn more than this salary threshold. The new salary threshold will go into effect Dec. 1, 2016. More

Joint Employer Standard/Unionization: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently revised the so-called “joint employer” standard significantly to expand the scope of determining “co-employment” under the National Labor Relations Act. Specifically, the NLRB decided that a company could be considered a “joint employer” if it possesses the right to control various terms and conditions of employment, regardless of whether that company actually exercises such control. More

The Americans with Disabilities Act – Design Requirements: Summary And Compliance Guide For Truckstops and Travel Plazas Members Only Join or Login

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contains two important components that are relevant to NATSO members: First, it establishes design requirements for the construction or alteration of public facilities including travel plazas and truckstops. These requirements are intended to ensure that these facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Click here [hyperlink to private below] for a brief summary of the most important components of the ADA’s design requirements for NATSO members. More

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Joint Employer Standard

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance establishing new standards for determining "joint employment" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The guidance would expand the number of employers who would be considered "joint employers" with other entities, and is just the latest step in the Executive Branch's effort to expand the definition of "employment" to enhance worker benefits. More

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