Management Update
Volume 4, Issue 2
February 2015
At Least 21 States Raise Their Minimum Wage in 2014

In addition to a Federal Minimum Wage, many states have their own minimum wage laws requiring employers to pay minimum wages higher than those mandated by federal law. In 2014 at least 21 states raised these minimum wages. Louisiana does not currently have a state minimum wage. However, if you have employees working outside of Louisiana, you must be certain that you are complying with that state's minimum wage requirements. Read the full article here
U.S. Department of Justice Takes Position that Title VII Prohibits Gender Identity Discrimination

On December 15, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued a Memorandum that it is the position of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination includes discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status. This is an about-face from the DOJ's stated position in 2006 that Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination did not include discrimination based on gender identity or transgender status. Read the full article here
IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increases for 2015

The IRS has increased the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes for 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the optional standard mileage rates became: 57.5 cents per mile for business (an increase from 56 cents per mile in 2014); 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (a deduction of a cent from 2014); and  14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. You have the option to claim deductions based on the actual costs of using the vehicle rather than the standard IRS mileage rates if you choose. You can find the IRS announcement dated December 10, 2014 announcing the rate changes here.
OSHA Regulations Expanded to Require Automobile Dealers to Maintain OSHA 300 Logs

OSHA's updated injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements went into effect this month. In addition to new requirements on what must be reported, employers in dozens of industries are now required to maintain OSHA 300 logs for the first time. Among those are new and used car dealers, which will be required to maintain OSHA 300 logs and post OSHA 300A logs. Generally OSHA 300 logs deal with "recordable," as opposed to "reportable," injuries and illnesses. The types of instances that must be included on the OSHA 300 logs can be found at 29 C.F.R. 1904, et seq. Read the full article here
SHRM Joins Lawsuit over NLRB Ambush Election Rule 

SHRM has joined a lawsuit opposing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) "ambush election" rule. The rule speeds up the union election process by not permitting the filing of briefs on which employees would be included or excluded in a bargaining unit until after the election, leaving an insufficient amount of time for both parties to understand and address the impact unionization would have. The lawsuit claims the rule violates the NLRA, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the First and Fifth amendments. 
Management Update Briefings

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