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Report Spotlights U.S. Human-Trafficking Laws
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May 7, 2019 via Hotel Management

As more states pass laws requiring lodging facilities to provide employees with human-trafficking training or at least display signage calling attention to the issue, it can become difficult to keep up with the current rules.

With the financial support of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, ECPAT-USA, an antitrafficking policy organization, has prepared a report detailing the applicable state laws now in effect. As states are actively considering adding new legislation, the organization plans to update its survey on a semiannual basis to reflect the changing landscape.

The report, "Unpacking Human Trafficking: A Survey of State Laws Targeting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry," lays out the different requirements of each state’s laws, including required languages, font size, minimum poster size and if a specific poster is required. Fourteen states have penalties for not complying, with fines as low as $50 and as high as $5,000.'s ConvergeBlog
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When Counseling Jerk Employees – Focus on Jerk Behavior (and Stay Away from Why They Are Acting like Jerks)

May 13, 2019 via Foley & Lardner

It might seem overly simple, but employers should use corrective action to address the unsatisfactory behavior. The key is to focus on the behavior, and be clear that the behavior will not be tolerated.
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Social Security Administration Resumes Issuance of Social Security Number "No-Match Letters"
May 1, 2019 via Laner Muchin

The purpose of the letter, according to the SSA, is to advise employers that corrections are needed in order for the SSA to properly post employee earnings to the correct record. The SSA provides various online resources, including sample notices and step-by-step instructions regarding the appropriate steps to take upon receipt of a no-match letter.
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