Dogs Are Our New Best Coworker?

If you ever visit SEC, Inc. you may have the opportunity to meet Oscar Miller, our loyal greeter, and a Shih Tzu rescue dog. No Shedding Certification Skilled in no barking or aggressive behavior Excellent people skills – he has never met a stranger Obeys orders Loves the vacation policy Embraces the company health policy,…


Breaking Down the New USDOL Penalty Increases

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced that the majority of wage and hour, safety, and benefits compliance matters, in addition to select immigration issues, will be subject to increased penalties on August 1, 2016. During the announcement, the USDOL reminded employers that penalties existed to “encourage greater compliance” of federal…


Breaking News: FLSA Changes Halted

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s final overtime rule. The November 22 decision by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III in Sherman, Texas, is considered a victory for 21 states and dozens of business groups that sued stating the new rule would increase government costs in their states by…


Keeping You Compliant Under the Affordable Care Act

Beginning in 2016, under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50+ full time employees working 30+ hours a week, were required to submit annual reports to the IRS proving they are meeting the regulations required to provide affordable and credible health insurance. Additionally, at the end of the year, taxpayers and their dependents must be…


Discretionary vs. Non-Discretionary Bonuses Under the FLSA

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), bonus payments are divided into discretionary and non-discretionary types. Only non-discretionary bonuses, incentive payments and commissions may count toward as much as 10% of the salary threshold beginning in December 2016. Bonuses are discretionary if: Both the fact that payment is to be made and the amount…


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