Court Confirms RI Employers Must Pay Time-And-A-Half

By Roger Hood | In November 2013, the Rhode Island Superior Court confirmed in its “Park Row” decision that, other than by specific exemption, RI employers must pay their employees time-and-a-half for hours worked on Sunday and holidays.

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New Regs for Tracking FMLA Intermittent Leave: Use Smallest Increment

By Roger Hood | As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, new regulations issued in March clarify tracking for employers with hourly employees who take time off for qualified FMLA leave. The new regulations serve as a reminder to employers that they must track using the smallest increment of time utilized for other types of leave that are offered to employees.

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Thinking about an H-1B Visa for a prospective foreign employee? Now is the time!

By Roger W. Hood | An H-1B visa allows companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, and the annual opening date to accept applications for H-1B visas is quickly approaching. On April 1st, the window will open and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will accept non-immigrant H-1B visa applications for up to 65,000 slots for fiscal year 2014, which starts on October 1, 2013.

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Medical Marijuana – It’s Time to Light Up Your Workplace Drug Policy

By Roger W. Hood | Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut all enacted medical marijuana laws this past year, joining sixteen other states with similar legislation. Whether your company has no drug policy, a simple policy prohibiting the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, or a robust drug policy that meets federal guidelines under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, every company is affected by the new legislation.

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