Ever Changing Workplace Compliance
Right or wrong, our government continues to push for new workplace rules and regulations, or seeks to further enforce rules and regulations currently in place. The government’s focus continues to be on employees, which means added burdens to employers. Just recently, orders increasing minimum wage have been signed, there is increased focus on equal pay protections, and current overtime laws are in the process of being revamped so that more employees would be eligible for overtime pay.
Recently, President Obama signed an executive order increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors. While this order does not affect most employers, employers need to be aware of the change and the possibility of future minimum wage increases. Further, the government has indicated that it will change the current overtime laws thereby entitling more employees to overtime pay. These changes likely will be announced within the coming year and certainly will affect more employers than the executive order signed regarding an increase in minimum wage. Also, while equal pay protections already exist in the workplace, the government has determined that disparity still exists in pay. Therefore, it is likely that such disparities will be the focus of government investigations in the near future.
With the government’s renewed focus on employees, it is important that employers keep up to date on the current regulations and the focus of the government. Policies should be reviewed and updated if necessary. A proactive approach by employers should limit any adverse findings or liability if ever confronted with an investigation. The attorneys at McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, L.L.P. can assist you in making sure that your workplace is in compliance in the ever-changing field of labor and employment law.