Sharing is caring: Are Uber, Lyft drivers independent contractors?
(October 14, 2016)
Whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors has been an increasingly hot topic in discussions about the American labor market. Independent contractors are deemed to own their own business, making them responsible for covering most of their own business expenses, taxes, and costs.
Solid job descriptions vital
when dealing with hidden disabilities
(October 12, 2016)
Today’s employers are usually well aware of their responsibility to protect employees from unlawful discrimination based on disability. But what about the disabilities that are unseen and often misunderstood? How can the employer do right by the employee and still keep the work on track?
Federal government slowly
redefining joint-employer doctrine
(October 7, 2016)
In recent years, business relationships have increased in complexity. So, among all the independent contractors, franchises, joint ventures, and internships, just who is an employee? And which company—or companies—is the employer? Federal and state regulators are taking a new look at those questions and responding with new interpretations and new regulations.
Why your employee engagement efforts don't work
(October 5, 2016)
We know engagement efforts work at times. Study after study demonstrates that engagement improves productivity, reduces absenteeism, improves customer satisfaction, allows organizations to be more innovative, creates a safer work environment, and improves retention.
You still have to pay day-rate workers overtime
(September 30, 2016)
Do you pay any of your employees a daily rate? Do you think you’re saving money on overtime by paying a daily rate? If so, you’ve opened yourself up to liability for overtime lawsuits.
What every employer needs to know
before seeking background checks
(September 28, 2016)
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and corresponding state laws impose obligations on employers that rely on certain background checks to make employment decisions. A recent class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court should serve as a wakeup call for employers on the many pitfalls associated with conducting background checks on job applicants and employees.
What do employees want? Money ranks right up there
(September 23, 2016)
Employers spend a lot of time and energy striving for engaged workers, the kind of employees who are happy, productive, and devoted to their jobs. But finding ways to recruit and retain those employees takes understanding what workers value most from an employer, and that gets complicated.
States, business groups file suit to halt DOL's overtime regs
(September 21, 2016)
Twenty-one states and several employer interest groups filed lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 20 alleging the agency’s new overtime regulations exceed its authority. The suits, however, are not expected to have any success in the near future, and employers would be well served to be in compliance by the December 1, 2016, deadline, according to one expert.
Do as I say, not as I do: SEIU and the 'Fight for $15' campaign
(September 21, 2016)
What organization funds and organizes a national movement for a $15 minimum wage and increased unionization, but does not pay the people it employs to support the movement $15 an hour and is antagonistic to their joining a union? The answer is Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Privacy vs. practicality: when expectations collide
(September 16, 2016)
Plenty of reporters, commentators, and the twitterverse have all made statements that Hillary Clinton is way too invested in her personal privacy, citing various examples, including most recently her health. On the flip side, Donald Trump has also been accused of hiding things, ranging from his own potential health condition to a failure to release his tax returns. Stepping away from the MMA bout that is modern politics, are there times when an employer’s right-to-know supersedes and employee’s right to privacy?
Avoiding snares in workplace wellness programs
(September 14, 2016)
Encouraged by health insurance companies, workplace wellness programs have become trendy. Wellness programs help prevent disease and encourage employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. What could possibly go wrong?
In remembering 9/11, don't forget USERRA
(September 9, 2016)
September 11, 2016, marks 15 years since the attacks on the United States that propelled the country into a war on terror that we continue to wage. It also has brought to the forefront the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. The upcoming anniversary of those events serves as a reminder to employers of the need to review their policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Maryland equal pay law to take effect October 1
(September 8, 2016)
Maryland’s new Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, which takes effect on October 1, will prohibit employers from providing less than favorable employment opportunities to or discriminating against employees by paying different rates based on their sex or gender identity.
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