Another Financial Violation That Could Have Been Avoided

I always stress UNIFORMITY AND CONSISTENCY with policies and procedures. I am not an alarmist, I know how the US DOL OFCCP works.  The beauty of working with a former Compliance Officers/Investigators is our years of knowing what can cause issues.  See below: On April 30, 2015, Comcast entered into a Conciliation Agreement with OFCCP to address the notice of violation issued on March 22, 2011.  OFCCP determined that between March 2006 and September 2007 that Comcast in Everett, Washin...
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US Labor Department recovers more than $1.4M in back wages, damages for 300 employees of Long Island City plumbing and heating contractors

News Release WHD News Release: [04/21/2015] Contact Name: Andre J. Bowser or Ted Fitzgerald Phone Number: (617) 565-2074 or x2075 Email: Bowser.Andre.J@dol.gov or Fitzgerald.Edmund@dol.gov Release Number: 15-0470-NEW Danica Group LLC underpaid workers, misclassified some as independent contractors NEW YORK — The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a settlement by consent judgment that provides for the recovery of $1.42 million in back wages and liquidated damages for more than 300 curre...
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Only Sound HR Policies and Procedures Will Protect Your Organization From a Discrimination Lawsuit

Each year, hundreds of companies are involved in investigations of alleged discrimination, while thousands more are at risk. Workplace discord and disharmony can be attributed to poorly written policies and procedures. The best way to avoid a great deal of workplace conflict is to have Policies and Procedures for all personnel activity. Policies and Procedures that are well-organized, with defined protocols and practices for the specific organization or company, which also are non-discrimin...
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How to De-ICE Your Company

Today on the blog we have Bruce E. Buchanan of Siskind Susser discussing immigration compliance: Immigration compliance for employers is becoming more and more important.  Since 2008, the chances of being inspected and fined by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have grown by 600%. In FY 2014, ICE collected $15.7 million from employers, and that doesn’t even account for the millions of dollars of assets that were forfeited. Under many state laws, a company can lose their business lic...
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Your Hiring policy Should Be Consistent and Clear

Hiring the right candidate can be a very difficult decision. For this reason, having a sound hiring policy can help your organization stay compliant while identifying the ideal candidate for the job. Everyone involved in the hiring process needs to be alerted to the policy and procedures included in hiring.  The hiring procedures must be outlined and followed as to avoid confusion, duplication, overlapping or overlooking a vital step.  Each company will probably have a unique hiring policy ...
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Identity Restoration Services Can Help Employers Avoid the Ravages of Identity Theft

Over 40,000 Americans become victims every day. If we were to listen to the media, we would be led to believe that this is all about Home Depot, Target & Hobby Lobby.  But actually, the theft of credit card information only represents about 13% of the problem.  The theft of Income Tax refunds, government benefits, medical records and the production of fake drivers licenses has ravaged the lives of countless Americans.  The Federal Trade Commission has stated that it is no longer a matter...
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Year Up Atlanta Will Be Graduating 60+ Students on January 23rd

  This is a great opportunity to hire 60+ incredible Year Up alumnus (see picture) seeking full-time and part-time positions in the following roles: IT Help Desk IT-Desktop Support, Customer Service/Call Center Representative Operations Support Quality Assurance Administration Support Project Management For candidate resumes contact: Norma Márquez -Barahona, MBA Career and Alumni Services Manager Year Up - Atlanta 730 Peachtree St., Suite 900 Atlanta...
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Be Careful with Job Descriptions: Tales from a Former Compliance Officer

  Be careful with job descriptions.  During an onsite audit  in South GA, we were investigating potential description in Job Group 2 (Professionals) and Job Group 3 (Technicians).  The company used the basic job qualifications for all professionals.  They did not distinguish between the different requirements for different Accountants, entry level with limited experience, significant experience with more education, and CPAs.  All of these were included in the same pool.  The HR perso...
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News Release – US Labor Department secures nearly $2M in back wages, benefits for nearly 150 workers at federally-funded solar energy project in Nevada

News Release   US Labor Department secures nearly $2M in back wages, benefits for nearly 150 workers at federally-funded solar energy project in Nevada LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $1,914,681.50 in back wages and fringe benefits for 147 workers at Proimtu Mmi-Nv LLC, a Henderson-based subcontractor providing construction services at the federally funded Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah. This project, which received a $737 million loan guarante...
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Protecting Yourself During an OFCCP Audit: Tales From a Former Auditor

  A few years back, while conducting an audit, a company had a Big Issue: a Standard Deviation  in Hiring. One piece of advice that I give the clients that I work with is make sure that your back is covered. When I was with OFCCP I was auditing a national company in North GA,  I discovered a Standard Deviation of 2.7 in hiring for minorities.  The Supreme Court has determined that a SD over 2% does not happen randomly and requires an in-depth investigation.  Preliminary calculatio...
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