Front Porch common sense from America's HR Strategist
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The new NLRB members have been sworn in. Do you know their backgrounds? Do you understand how they will fairly represent unions and employers? If you don't know their backgrounds, read this press release with details from the National Labor Relations Board. Business Owners what do you think? Employees what do you think?
Did you know that Health Care Reform included an FLSA Amendment Requiring Break Time for Nursing Mothers to Express Milk? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (3/23/10)-Sec 4207- amends FLSA to require employers to provide time for nursing mothers to express breast milk. “Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers,” provides that, for up to 1 year following a child’s birth, employees get a “reasonable break time”(unpaid and unlimited) each time she needs to express milk. Employers are required to provide a location,not a bathroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion where the employee can express milk. Applies to all employers covered by the FLSA. Only employers with less than 50 employees MAY BE exempt, if the requirements impose an “undue hardship” of significant expense or difficulty in relation to the size, financial resources, nature or structure of the business.
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) exempt employers,, from social security and railroad retirement taxes in 2010 (except for the first calendar quarter of such year) for new employees who are hired after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011, and who certify that they have not worked more than 40 hours during the last 60 days; and allows an increase in the general business tax credit for the retention of such employees for at least one year at specified wage levels. Prohibits any carryback of unused business tax credit amounts. See link for more.