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Overtime and Minimum Wage Changes Propoosed by U.S. Department of Labor

Many remember the 2016 Obama era rule from the U.S. Dept. of Labor (US DOL) that sought to more than double the threshold for overtime pay by employers. That rule was contested in federal court and was ultimately withdrawn by the Trump administration. The U.S. Department of Labor is now again proposing a new rule that would increase the overtime pay threshold and the number of workers eligible for overtime pay and minimum wage.
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Diabetes Exemptions & Waivers

In September 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it was revising 49 CFR § 391.41 to permit drivers with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without an exemption from FMCSA.
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Federal Court Rules that DEA Does not Protect Job Applicants

Business owners are aware of federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment. They also understand that federal ani-discrimnation laws protect both current employees and job applicants. So it is surprising to see the recent decsion from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Illinois ruling that the AGe Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA does not apply to job applicants claiming disparate impact based on age.
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Media Inquiries and Guidance 101

It is inevitable that a school bus contractor will receive an inquiry from the media after a notable event. Or perhaps a school bus contractor would like to share a good news story with neighbors and the school community. In both instances, knowing how to present your company in the most postive light is critical.
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9/20/2018| Reference Number : 122.0| Human Resources | Media Inquiries, Press Releases |

Act 43 of 2017

In January of this year Act 43 of 2017 created a new tax witholing obligation for Pennsylvania business. The new law aims to assure that non-residents of Pennsylvania pay their fair share of income tax owed on revenue generated from Pennsylvania based business. The new law aims to assure that non-residents of Pennsylvania pay their fair share of income tax owed on revenue generated from Pennsylvania based businesses.
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D&A Suspicion Training

The increased presence of drugs and alcohol has become a common topic of discussion, not only in the media, but in the workplace as well. While the country as a whole faces epidemic proportions of overdose cases each year, employers are confronted on a daily basis with a myriad of intoxication levels, including legal levels. Employers must take steps each and every day to ensure a safe work place, minimize accidents and losses, and consistently apply a written drug and alcohol policy. This artic...
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Drug & Alcohol Policies - Discretionary or Zero Tolerance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains strigent requirements for drug and alcohol testing in addition employers should have effective written policies about testing and dealing with positive tests when they occur. Test accuracy, prescription medications, and other factors often arise as issues that must be considered and reconciled. This article will review a school bus contracto's responsibilities related to FMCSA Random Drug & Alcohol tests, as well as review h...
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