443k OT Settlement, New I-9 Forms, and more

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April 15, 2016

$443k in Back OT Wages to be Paid by California Assisted Living Operator

California-based TJ Homes Corp. has been ordered to pay $443,460 for “alleged state law minimum wage and overtime violations”, according to a citation from the California Department of Industrial Relations. Bloomberg BNA reports that the assisted living operator was not paying overtime to employees, though these employees were covering shifts of up to 12 hours.

 

Two-Thirds of Employees Satisfied With Wages and Benefits – Down from 75% in 2013
A recent survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Council shows that 20 percent of workers would prefer higher wages in exchange for fewer healthcare benefits, up from 10 percent who felt this way in 2012. CBS Moneywatch reports that this value shift is expected to continue, and is an indicator that  Americans are becoming more comfortable purchasing their own benefit policies through online exchanges. 66 percent of those surveyed indicated that they were satisfied with their wage and benefit packages.

New I-9 Form Not Yet Available

Despite the current version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 having expired on March 31, 2016, employers should continue to use this version of the form, as a new one has not yet been released. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  has proposed changes which have been under review since late last year, but it is not yet known if these changes will be incorporated into the new form.

Employees Can Now Sue if Hours Cut to Avoid ACA
According to a recent US District Court ruling, employees can now sue an employer if the employee can prove the company intentionally reduced his or her hours to avoid having to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The employee must prove that they previously worked over 30 hours per week, and that their hours were reduced directly because the employer wanted to avoid providing health insurance and other benefits as mandated by the ACA.
 
Career Fair for Recent College Grads Returns June 10th

RecruitCT (www.RecruitCT.com), Connecticut’s largest career fair connecting recent college graduates with employers in the state, will take place at the Trumbull Marriott on Friday, June 10th. The inaugural event, which was held in June 2015, drew hundreds of job seekers and over 75 employers looking to fill over 700 open positions within their organizations. Registration is now open, with discounted rates available for early registration.  
 

AllCountyJobs.com Network Offers Free Intern Postings

Regional job board network AllCountyJobs.com has announced that they will be offering free postings on their job boards for any Internship postings in the area. The initiative is geared to matching college students with educational and learning opportunities at area businesses. 

Employers who are looking to fill intern openings within their organizations can click the button below to post these positions free of charge.

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