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In this monthly roundup video, we’ll review the most impactful HR news.

Welcome to this month’s HR Roundup. It’s been a busy month, so let’s get started.

Classifying workers as independent contractors can be tricky. A Massachusetts employer recently learned this the hard way.

The state Attorney General’s office issued three citations totaling more than $6.2 million against the employer. These allegations include misclassifying employees as independent contractors, failing to furnish suitable paystubs, and failing to provide earned sick leave per state law.

The investigation began after complaints were received from former and current workers. Investigators discovered the employer misclassified its delivery drivers as independent contractors.

While this incident involved a state law, employers nationwide can expect to see a final rule about the independent contractor status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act in May.

Speaking of federal laws, let’s talk about what’s coming up with the Family and Medical Leave Act (or FMLA).

While many people are filling up their calendars with fun plans for summer, the U.S. Department of Labor has one key date on its radar — June 30. That’s the date the DOL model FMLA notices and certification forms are expiring.

This is not like when the Form I-9 expires. The FMLA expiration date is an internal government date. Employers don't really need to worry about it.

If June 30 comes and goes without new FMLA forms, don’t panic. Employers may still use the current forms until the new ones come out.

In other news, child labor issues have been popping up lately. Although many organizations struggle to fill open positions, hiring workers under the age of 18 comes with certain risks.

A Minnesota meat processing company learned this lesson. The company is being investigated for their child labor practices. The meat processor was allegedly employing minors for hazardous jobs during overnight shifts.

Remember, child labor laws vary by state. And even federal law restricts the hours and tasks for minors. So, whether you’re hiring for the upcoming summer or for year-round positions, be sure you follow the laws in your area.

April 6 was National Employee Benefits Day. This day is celebrated every April as a time to thank all benefits professionals. Those who administer company benefits play a major role when it comes to overall employee satisfaction.

That’s all the HR news we have time for today. For more information on the topics discussed, just click the links on the transcript. See you next month!