$2.1M Settlement, ACA Definitions, and more

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October 30, 2015
Workers at Snack Food Company Awarded $2.1M in Back Wages

The US Department of Labor has ordered New Jersey-based snack food company J&J Snack Foods Corp. to pay $2.1M to workers it failed to pay appropriate minimum wage and overtime compensation. NJ.com reports that the food distributor, whose brands include ICEE, SuperPretzel, and Slush Puppie, failed to properly pay 667 workers, and were further penalized through a civil settlement due to the “willful, repeat nature of the violations”. Though many of the workers were employed jointly through an area staffing firm, J&J Snack Foods was still responsible for providing “fair and legal” wages to their employees.

Employers Find Low-Income Workers Declining Health Insurance

The New York Times recently reported that many low-income workers are refusing health insurance benefits offered by their employer. The Times says that while the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate requires businesses with over 50 fulltime workers to offer health insurance or face a penalty, most businesses are finding their lower wage, hourly employees unwilling to actually buy the insurance offered to them. The first phase of the ACA employer mandate rollout, which only impacted businesses with over 100 employees, has resulted in many businesses incurring far less of a financial burden than business owners projected.


Big-Time Employee Perks on a Small Business Budget

Big corporations are making headlines for offering employee perks like unlimited vacation and egg freezing, but these types of benefits are most often out of reach for smaller businesses. Inc. recently outlined several perks that will “wow” employees and serve as a retention tool, but not break the bank. These include supplemented produce shares, offering paid volunteer days, as well as pampering employees with perks like in-office manicures. Inc. encourages employers to consider what their teams actually want in an “employee perk”, and offer benefits that can be truly useful to workers.


Connecticut: Affordable Care Act Definition of “Small Employer” to Remain at 1-50 Employees 

Despite the fact that the Federal government changed the definition of “Small Employer” under the Affordable Care Act from 1-50 to 51-100, the government has also given individual states the right to determine their own definitions. The State of Connecticut has signed a bill that will keep the definition of a “Small Employer” at 1-50, and will not be raised to 100 in January 2016.

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Employee Sues After Termination Following FMLA Request

Employers are cautioned to document all conversations relating to requests under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In a recent case, an employee was terminated for inappropriate behavior, but prior to his termination requested leave under the FMLA to care for his sick son. The terminated employee has filed a suit against his former employer, claiming that his termination came after his requested FMLA leave was met with frustration from his supervisor.

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