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Brace Yourself: HR Changes to Come in 2017!

2017 is sure to be an interesting year for HR professionals and business owners alike. Want to be better prepared to deal with the changes on the way?2017 is sure to be an interesting year for HR professionals and business owners alike. With any change in the Presidency we see a change in agenda, but what will change and how fast is hard to predict.

For the most part, we should expect a more limited focus on regulations and compliance, which means HR professionals will have fewer time-sucking reports to produce. For small businesses, some changes should ease burdens in many areas.

Here is what our crystal ball is telling us so far…

CHANGE TO THE SALARY BASIS

This should not come into effect anytime soon.  However:

  • It is still critical that you correctly classify employees as exempt or non-exempt.
  • You still need to be sure that anyone entitled to overtime receives time and half for all hours over 40 hours, unless they meet the test for an exempt employee.
  • Portions of the change may move forward, but the administration supports an exemption for small business as well as a phase in of the salary increase.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

While the Republican Congress has said they will move quickly to make changes, details for a new plan are still scarce. Here’s what we know:

  • Parts of ACA, like “pre-existing conditions” and “children through age 26”, will probably stay.
  • You MUST still comply with the requirements for your 2016 plan.

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

The new administration will change the balance of the board:

  • Expect a more relaxed approach to co-employment, mis-classified workers, social media and the definition of protected, concerted activity by employees. This will be a welcome change to most employers.

WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Ivanka Trump has been vocal in her support for 6 weeks paid maternity leave for all employees and the new administration seems to agree. However, many States have enacted their own mandatory paid time off laws, so it is in unrealistic to assume we will see some sort of paid time requirement in the next year or two.

IMMIGRATION

President Elect Trump’s stance on immigration might mean:

  • Increased enforcement and audit of your I-9 documents. There is talk of the entire country being required to verify eligibility through E-verify, a federal system.  We’ll see how that goes!
  • Changes to the H1-B visa program to make it more difficult to bring in foreign workers.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as we see it so far…

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