August 2015 Newsletter 

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Welcome to HR Knowledge's August 2015 Newsletter! Our goal is to keep you up to date with important HR and regulatory compliance information, news and events. We want this newsletter to be a valuable resource for you so we encourage all of our readers to provide comments, suggestions and feedback. 
We hope you've been enjoying the beautiful weather and staying cool! As a reminder, HR Knowledge is operating on a modified summer schedule through Friday, September 4th. Our hours are as followed:
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Earn Your Recertification Credit Hours by Attending Our Next HR Boot Camp on September 25, 2015.
Our HR Boot Camp ensures that key employees remain current about company exposure in legal matters surrounding sexual harassment, wage and hour issues, and the proper conduct of employee performance reviews.

Our HR Boot Camp has been approved for 4.25 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

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MA Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Time Regulations
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (AGO) has issued final regulations regarding the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law approved by voters last November. The final regulations include many needed clarifications and several employer-friendly provisions intended to allow employers to address employee fraud.

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Employment Law Poster Updates
This year, 21 states and the District of Columbia raised their minimum wage rates - bringing more than half of US states above the federal minimum. Many states have also made additional changes to other mandatory workplace notices concerning unemployment, workers' compensation, and family and medical leave. Make sure your business has the most up-to-date mandatory posters required by both the federal and state governments.

Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Effective July 1, 2015

Chicago's Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on July 1 of this year for all covered employers and employees. The Ordinance raises the minimum wage for Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019.

New York City Joins "Ban the Box' Movement
New York City has passed a new bill restricting an employer's ability to inquire into or obtain information about a job applicant's criminal history before extending a conditional offer of employment.

DOL Issues Updated FMLA Notices and Forms
The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new versions of its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and certification forms, which have been approved for use for the next three years.

BCBS Announced New Identity Protection Services
In order to ensure the safety and security of its customers, all Blue Cross plans will offer free identity protection to eligible members by January 1, 2016.

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