Utah News & Analysis

  • Best practices for dealing with teleworking employees

    We're learning to live with COVID-19. Part of the process involves changes in workplace dynamics for service industry employees. We've learned they can work from home just as effectively as they do in the office. Going forward, a greater number of workers will reduce their office footprint as more of them work from home. If you allow remote work, you should consider the following recommendations.

  • Montana's minimum wage increases to $8.75

    Montana’s minimum wage will increase from $8.65 to $8.75 per hour on January 1, 2021. The increase applies to every Montana employer, except for farmers and ranchers that pay employees on a fixed rate of compensation.

  • Coming soon in Colorado: increased employer obligations to ensure equal pay

    Since Colorado enacted the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), many have wondered what obligations employers would incur beginning in January 2021. In particular, the Act's mandate regarding pay transparency has sparked a multitude of questions. This article explores the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's (CDLE) recent efforts to answer some of the most pressing inquiries.

  • Creditors can't set up new wage garnishments on consumer debts

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Supreme Court has issued an order directing all lower courts to stop issuing any new writs of wage garnishment against employees on consumer debt claims. The court's order recognizes the "extraordinary circumstances presented by the current public health emergency" and seeks to balance New Mexicans' needs to pay for essentials.

  • Privacy is more than simply updating your website

    Business owners and employers know they need to comply with privacy laws, but the scope of compliance has expanded. In the past, organizations created general privacy policies, posted them on their websites, and went about their business. Today, privacy compliance requires more. Organizations must complete both external and internal tasks to create a successful privacy program.

  • What 'The Addams Family' teaches us about diversity and inclusion

    Because of the COVID-19 crisis, there was no trick-or-treating or family party for Halloween 2020. Instead, we opted for a movie night by the campfire, complete with s'mores. We searched for a spooky (but not scary) movie appropriate for an eight-year-old. We ultimately settled on the animated version of The Addams Family. I knew we were in for laughs and gore but had no idea I'd also be schooled on diversity and inclusion.

  • Trump's order significantly affects fed contractors' workplace diversity training

    On September 22, President Donald Trump issued an unprecedented "Executive Order (EO) on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping" aimed at the federal workforce and federal contractors. The order purports "to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating" through a variety of measures, including significantly limiting the diversity training federal contractors may offer, requiring notification of applicable unions of their commitments under the EO and posting related notices in the workplace, and adding provisions to address the prohibited "race and sex stereotyping" in their subcontracts and purchase orders.

  • To wear, or not to wear? Managers' compliance with face-covering mandates

    Most managers are committed to the success of their organizations, employees, customers, and communities. They work hard to provide safe and healthful workplaces. They give their best efforts to manage in good-faith compliance with the myriad of federal, state, and local laws applicable to their organizations. They are generally mission critical to protecting their organizations against liability exposure. Even so, some organizations have faced significant manager resistance to the use of COVID-19-related face-coverings in the workplace. Why is that, and what can be done about it?

  • Year's end means key COVID-19 relief measures expiring

    Employers and their employees have had to navigate a number of COVID-19-related relief measures for most of 2020—paid sick and family leave time, enhanced unemployment benefits, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan requirements, and optional temporary deferrals of certain taxes among them. What next year will bring is up in the air, but some measures are ending on December 31. Here's a look at some of the more notable provisions important to employers.

  • Combating isolation just one more priority for employers during COVID era

    Back in March, when a rapidly proliferating pandemic forced workers across the country out of their offices and into their homes, most thought the arrangement would be short-lived—a few weeks, maybe a month or so. As the year winds down, with many people still working from home—and coping with the kind of isolation they never expected—various surveys have shown that most workers miss the office. They may like the flexibility of working from home and hope to continue the arrangement in a limited way postpandemic, but they want the kind of interaction with colleagues they get in the office. This many months into the pandemic, workers are seeing that the isolation of working alone in their homes is taking a toll.