Podcast: Navigating the New Non-Compete Ban

Join Rob, Scott, and Jason in this month’s HR podcast as they unpack the FTC’s ban on non-compete agreements, set to take effect on September 4th. They go over the specifics, some exceptions and caveats, required actions for compliance, employee notification, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and more. They also review some upcoming HR regulatory changes you should be aware of for mid-year.

Stay informed on how to comply with these new regulations and other upcoming HR changes. Need further assistance? Reach out to hr@employco.com for personalized support and resources.

Podcast: Navigating the New Non-Compete Ban

HR Newsletter: State Legislative Updates

HR Newsletter: State Legislative Updates

Chicago Issues Final Rules for Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave – The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BCAP) has published final rules for the city’s new Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance, which replaces Chicago’s current paid sick leave ordinance on July 1, 2024. This Legal Update provides information about key topics addressed in the final rules.

Read more: Illinois Legal Update

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HR Newsletter: Wage & Hour Violations: 4 Real-World Examples

We’ve compiled a report that contains case studies published in 2024 that explore the most recent, real-world examples of employers found to be in violation of wage and hour laws. These case studies include snapshots of violations and general guidance on how employers can prevent similar issues. Employers can examine these case studies to learn from the mistakes of others in comparable industries and avoid DOL violations. 

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HR Newsletter: New Hire Orientation

HR Newsletter: New Hire Orientation

Effective new hire orientation plays a pivotal role in integrating employees into the company culture, setting expectations, and providing essential information for a successful start. It sets the tone for the employee’s experience and influences their productivity and long-term commitment to the organization.

  • Gallup reports that only 1 in 8 employees strongly agree that new hires at their organization receive an excellent orientation and onboarding experience.

Employee orientation serves as the initial welcome of new hires to a company, marking the beginning of their employment journey. Orientation provides a general overview of company policies, procedures, and culture. It is one of the first steps in the overarching onboarding process, which encompasses a series of events and training sessions. This process is designed to facilitate new hires’ transition into their roles, help them evolve into successful and productive employees, and acclimate them to the organization. As part of the broader onboarding process, orientation is critical to setting up a new hire for success—and often tenure—at the organization.

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HR Newsletter: FTC’s Non-compete Ban

HR Newsletter: FTC’s Non-compete Ban

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to issue a final rule that would prohibit employers from entering into or enforcing noncompete clauses with most employees. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2024, and is scheduled to take effect 120 days after such date on Sept. 4, 2024

Subject to very limited exceptions, the final rule provides that:

  • The use of noncompete clauses will be banned as of the effective date;
  • Any existing noncompete clauses (other than those entered into with senior executives) will be invalidated;
  • Employers must notify all employees (other than senior executives whose existing noncompete agreements will remain enforceable) that their existing noncompete agreements will not be enforced.
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HR Newsletter: New Overtime Rule

HR Newsletter: New Overtime Rule

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend current requirements employees in white-collar occupations must satisfy to qualify for an overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule will take effect on July 1, 2024.

Increased Salary Level – The FLSA white-collar exemptions apply to individuals in executive, administrative, professional, and some outside sales and computer-related occupations. Some highly compensated employees may also qualify for the FLSA white-collar overtime exemption. To qualify for this exemption, white-collar employees must satisfy the standard salary level test, among other criteria. This salary level is a wage threshold that white-collar employees must receive to qualify for the exemption.

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(Food Industry News) Transforming Family Dynamics: Actionable Solutions for Multi-Generational Restaurants

Rick Fazio, Vice President of Sales at Employco, recently had an article featured in the June issue of Food Industry News magazine titled “Transforming Family Dynamics: Actionable Solutions for Multi-Generational Restaurants.” In this piece, Rick explores how multi-generational family-owned restaurants can thrive by implementing structured communication, clear succession plans, innovation sessions, and work-life balance initiatives.

Read the full piece hereFood Industry News

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(Crain’s Chicago Business) DEI Consultants Confront How to Remain Relevant

Rob was recently quoted in an article by Corli Jay for Crain’s Chicago Business titled “DEI consultants confront how to remain relevant.”

Snippet from the article:
Rob Wilson, president at Employco USA, a Westmont-based national employment solutions firm, says that over the past three to four months, companies they work with want to move from measuring diversity to instead “finding the best person for the job.” He adds that moving away from “divisive language” will make all the difference.

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HR Chat w/Employco USA: Preparing for the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

Join Rob and Jason in this HR chat as they discuss preparing for the Department of Labor’s anticipated overtime rule. Gain insights into the proposed changes, including the new salary threshold of $55,000, which could significantly impact eligibility for overtime pay. With a quick turnaround expected upon approval, it’s crucial to stay informed.

Need assistance navigating these regulatory shifts? Contact us at hr@employco.com for a helpful checklist and expert guidance to ensure your business stays compliant and ahead of the curve.

HR Chat w/Employco USA: Biden Budget Proposal on Paid Family Leave

Join Rob and Jason in this HR chat as they unpack the potential impact of the Biden budget proposal on Paid Family Leave. They discuss some of the proposed changes, from 12 weeks of paid leave to 7 days of paid sick time, and discover how these reforms could significantly affect small businesses and reshape benefits for employees nationwide.

If you have questions or need assistance with the Family Medical Leave Act or other regulatory matters, you can reach out to us at hr@employco.com.