New Rulings and Regulations Impacting HR

New Rulings and Regulations Impacting HR

New Rulings and Regulations Impacting HR

From marriage equality to proposed changes to overtime exemptions (not to mention the Supreme Court ruling that again affirmed the ACA), HR professionals across the country are taking a collective breath after a week of landmark rulings and proposed new regulations that impact the employment landscape. Here is what employers need to know (and do) now.


What happened? In King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court ruled that subsidies are available to all qualified individuals that buy insurance through a public exchange regardless of whether or not the exchange is run by the state or the federal government.

What should employers do now? Nothing/proceed as planned prior to the ruling.

Marriage Equality

What happened? The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges made it illegal to prohibit gay marriage in states where it was already prohibited (including Ohio); thereby also making gay marriage legal nationwide. 

What should employers do now? Review and possibly modify language in employee handbooks, policies and benefits that reference and/or impact spouses.

New Proposed Overtime Rules

What happened? The Department of Labor (DOL) published new proposed rules for defining and delimiting the overtime exemptions which would greatly expand the number of overtime—eligible workers across the country.

What should employers do now? Nothing (yet). In the meantime, review the proposed changes and how they may impact your workforce. Also, prepare feedback that can be submitted during the 60-day public comment period (ending September 4, 2015)

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