After-hours e-mail: Boost to productivity or trigger for burnout?
(October 21, 2016)
Finding the right balance between work and personal time can be tough, but it’s especially challenging when the e-mail from the office never stops. Even when the volume of off-hours messages isn’t enough to be a serious time drain, it still interrupts personal time. So can just the nagging thought that an e-mail from the boss is likely to show up take a toll?
Texas federal court fast-tracks suit
challenging DOL's overtime rule
(October 20, 2016)
A federal district court has agreed to fast-track a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulation. The court has scheduled oral arguments for November 16, just two weeks ahead of the rule’s December 1 effective date.
No more pizza party rewards for safe work
(October 19, 2016)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new e-record-keeping rule, formally titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” has created quite a stir for employers. Particularly troubling is the impact of the new rule on workplace policies addressing postinjury drug testing, safety incentive programs, and executive compensation and bonuses.
OSHA again delays enforcement
of new record-keeping rule
(October 19, 2016)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once again delayed enforcement of its new record-keeping rule that would, among other things, limit an employer’s ability to conduct postaccident drug and alcohol testing.
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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).
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