Labor Dept. publishes updated employment law guide

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 14, 2009

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The Dept. of Labor announced Nov. 30 the release of its updated Employment Law Guide. The online publication is designed to help small businesses without dedicated human resources staff -- a description that fits many physician practices -- navigate federal regulations on wages, benefits, safety and equal opportunity.

The update, a companion to the agency's FirstStep Employment Law Advisor, includes information about increases in the federal minimum wage and expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The minimum wage increased July 24 to $7.25 an hour for most nonexempt workers.

FLMA was expanded Jan. 16 to allow for up to 26 weeks of leave for relatives caring for sick or injured military personnel. In addition, the law now requires up to 12 weeks off for workers who need to fulfill obligations created by a relative called to active military duty.

The Employment Law Guide is available on the Web (link). The Law Advisor is also available online (link).

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