Overtime Rule changes anticipated soon. Over a year ago, attempts were made to change the Overtime rules. While these changes failed, new proposed overtime changes are planned to be announced this year that may go into effect by 2020. These changes will address which employees may be required to be paid overtime. Information on the changes will come in the form of Proposed Regulatory Rules and will request the public’s comments on the proposed Rules before becoming final.
In light of these changes, its wise that employers begin to identify any employees who are classified as exempt but paid below $40,000. Employees may also want to discuss these overtime changes with their employer once the Proposed Rules become final.
Employers should discuss these issues with experienced employment law attorneys if any questions arise.
“Immigration Intelligence,” an informative seminar, was given to local business owners at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on April 6, 2018. As a courtesy to inform others, the Club prepared the attached YouTube recording of the Immigration Intelligence seminar. The Seminar provides an educational overview of some the recent immigration issues and trends.
Immigration has become a hot topic for many communities. Many of the attendees felt that an understanding of the Immigration process for individuals helps community leaders address any potential changes in the immigration laws.
Kansas SHRM honored the Galdean Law Firm with the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award.
Galdean Law Firm believes that “Diversity is not about how we differ; Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”
The Firm this past year assisted with presentations about disabilities, presented as a panel on “Using a Mentor” to Hispanic College Students, supplied pro bono services to disadvantage individuals, been a sponsor for the Scholarship Banquet for Hispanic Students, supplied the speech at a Citizenship Ceremony along with participating in diversity events with other associations.
As part of the Award, Kansas SHRM will make a donation to a charity chosen by the Galdean Law Firm. The charity chosen is the Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Fund. This non-profit assist to keep talented young Hispanics in Kansas through education scholarships and career development programs.
The Founding Attorney at the Galdean Law Firm, Trinidad Galdean, stated that “Diversity is the one true thing we have in common. The Firm enjoys helping diversity based groups and learning about their uniqueness.”
A day after Labor Day, President Trump’s Administration announced the withdrawal of DACA (known as Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) program. DACA generally involves supplying undocumented individuals some relief if they arrived in the US before the age of 16 and meet other requirements. While DACA defers any deportation in specific circumstances, it also permits the recipient to work in the US with a work authorization.
In the US, an employer is prohibited from employing a person not authorized to work in the US. The withdrawal ultimately results in the loss of the DACA employee’s work authorization.
While the withdrawal effects nearly 700,000 DACA employees in the US, it also affects their employers. It is predicted about 30,400 DACA recipients will lose their work authorizations each month under the planned withdrawal.
The effects of DACA winding down are major concerns for DACA recipients but soon employers will be addressing the loss of DACA employees. Addressing the issues now, positions an employer to minimize the impact of DACA ending. Employers and DACA employees should also seek counsel from an attorney with DACA and employment law experience.
On March 18, 2017, a community in Wichita, KS took it upon itself to become more informed about immigration. The event was covered by the local paper. Over 100 people from various backgrounds attended the event. In any community, most people know another person that is somehow affected by an immigration issue.
Where an individual is in the U.S. with or without documents, the immigration issues are a daily concern. Many employers using the immigration visas to bring and attract top talent from other countries are also concerned about the immigration issues. In some communities, children worry about their parents and lives because of the immigration uncertainty.
To address the issues, it’s important to be informed about what is going on with immigration in the U.S. As referenced in the article, everyone from residents, law enforcement, and leaders want to address the issues in the best way possible for this community. Perhaps other similar events can help address people’s concerns. It will at least help people in becoming informed.
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In this Presidential Election, most people are planning to vote. Each year Employers and employees ask about taking time off work to vote especially when the employee is busy working most of the day. The attached link provides information on each States Voting laws and taking time off to vote. Most employers also have policies on this issue. If there are any questions, the employer or employee should ask an experienced employment attorney. http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html
Immigration continues to be a key issue in Presidential elections since at least the Reagan years. This Presidential election has each top Candidate with different policies in this area. The attached link (while somewhat neutral) supplies a good summary on where Clinton and Trump stand on immigration during the election. The positions are laid out around 8:00 into the video. We will have to see how things develop after the election. https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-issues-where-do-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-immigration-205240624.html
The EEOC approved its new Enforcement Plan for 2017-2021. The Plan keeps the same priority areas as previous years but adds two more areas. It adds 1) issues related to complex employment relationships and 2) backlash discrimination against those who are Muslim, Sikh, and Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent. The Plan and new areas will likely evolve over the next year as the EEOC gets a new General Counsel when the current General Counsel leaves in December. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep-2017.cfm