Alicia Samolis

Alicia Samolis

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

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Outsmart the Pending Changes to the Overtime Law with Advance Planning

In June we alerted you to the fact that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) was planning to increase the minimum weekly salary an employee must be paid in order to qualify for an exemption from overtime. Since that time, the DOL...more

11/18/2015 - DOL Minimum Salary Over-Time Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

RI Employers (Large and Small) Required to Accommodate Healthy Pregnant Workers and New Moms. No, FMLA Leave is Not Enough.

Last month, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act was amended to require employers with 4 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and prospective employees with a “condition”. Such...more

8/5/2015 - Amended Legislation Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Hiring & Firing Notice Requirements Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS Young v United Parcel Service

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in the 34 States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? - Despite the fact that there is no longer any disagreement in the lower courts, the Supreme Court on Friday, November 7, 2014, made the unusual...more

11/10/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Healthcare Reform SCOTUS Tax Credits

Health Reform News - September 2014

In a surprising reversal, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday granted request by the federal government to have its full 11-judge bench re-hear the case on whether the government, by...more

9/8/2014 - Healthcare Healthcare Reform Tax Credits

Dueling Districts on Major Challenge to Federal Health Reform

Are Employers in States Without Exchanges Subject to Penalties? In two highly technical and comprehensive rulings out July 22, 2014, two federal districts came to opposite conclusions on a key remaining challenge to...more

7/23/2014 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS

When it Comes to Volunteers and Unpaid Interns There is No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

It is summertime and the schools are out. You get a call from an eager college student offering to intern at your company for free. It seems like a win-win situation, right? Your company wins by having someone finally get...more

6/18/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Internships Students Unpaid Interns Volunteers Wage and Hour

RI Increased Employee Absences (and Headaches) due to the 2014 Temporary Caregiver Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2014, all Rhode Island employers must allow their employees four (4) weeks of time off per year under the Temporary Caregiver Insurance (“TCI”) Law. Like Temporary Disability Insurance ("TDI"), the...more

1/8/2014 - Caregivers Employee Benefits Employee Handbooks Employee Rights FMLA Human Resources Professionals Paid Leave Personnel Records Posting Requirements Unpaid Leave

Bi-Weekly Pay in RI - Finally!!

We alerted you a few weeks ago that while we were all excited about the prospect of bi-weekly pay, we were still waiting for the required application to appear on the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training ("DLT")...more

1/3/2014 - DOL Employee Rights Wages

Bi-Weekly Pay – The Devil is in the Details

With January 1, 2014 fast approaching, many Rhode Island employers excited about the prospect of moving to a bi-weekly payroll system are wondering how to make the switch. The new law requires the filing of a petition, a...more

12/3/2013 - Compliance Employee Rights Wages

Not Everything in Health Reform is Delayed: Employers Must Send Notices to Employees by October 1

By October 1, 2013, employers must notify their current employees, in writing, about their health insurance options under the new Health Exchanges in 2014. The notice requirement applies to all employers subject to the...more

9/13/2013 - Compliance Employer Mandates ERISA FLSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Notice Requirements

Rhode Island Labor Law Changes Passed by Legislation

The Rhode Island Legislature finished a busy season on the labor law front, passing a number of new laws that await the Governor’s signature. Among the highlights...more

7/11/2013 - Caregivers Disability FMLA Temporary Disability Insurance Training Wages

New Background Check Forms Required under the FCRA

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) provides guidelines which must be followed in order for employers to gather certain information about employees or applicants. Generally, there are two types of reports: a consumer...more

2/25/2013 - Background Checks CFPB FCRA Hiring & Firing Summary of Rights

Employer Beware - Automatic termination policies are illegal. Just ask Sears.

Qualified employees with a disability are entitled to a reasonable accommodation from their employer to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job. One of the most difficult issues employers face is...more

2/13/2013 - ADA Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC FMLA Reasonable Accommodation Sears Undue Hardship

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