by Amy McLaughlin
Unlike the lottery, you generally don’t want the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to pick your number for a workplace audit or investigation. However, a DOL visit may be unavoidable. Over the past five years, the number of DOL-initiated investigations has increased by 35 percent, and the DOL has a [...]
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by Amy McLaughlin
by Michael J. Spooner
Businesses’ use of independent contractors is a growing trend in the American economy, and many observers believe the trend is here to stay. Independent contractors come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Well-known companies like Uber and Lyft rely almost exclusively on independent contractors, but there has [...]
by Tareen Zafrullah
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations that would revise the requirements for the white-collar exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL has not yet issued the final regulations. This article explains the steps employers should take in response to the [...]
by Jodi R. Bohr
Although employers’ obligation to provide breaks for nursing mothers is not new (it took effect with the March 23, 2010, signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)), I’ve recently been presented with many questions about what the law requires. From the questions, I’ve realized two things: (1) [...]
by Cornell Bang
The effort to increase the minimum wage at the federal, state, and municipal level continues to gain momentum. At the municipal level, Los Angeles voted in 2015 to increase its minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020, San Francisco voted in 2014 to raise its minimum [...]
by Judith E. Kramer
The first Monday in October (October 5) marked the beginning of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term. While during the course of the 2015-2016 term the Court could agree to hear additional cases, these are the labor and employment cases currently on the docket, as well as a [...]
by Jan L. Fox
As you began 2015, you probably made resolutions and promised yourself you would do better in the new year. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s still not too late to improve your professional practice. Here are five things an HR manager can do to bring 2015 to [...]
by Ryan B. Frazier
Employers sometimes classify employees incorrectly under the law. For example, employees may be treated as independent contractors, who are considered self-employed. Although misclassification may be intentional, it is most often done mistakenly under a belief that workers are properly classified.
Natural disasters wreak havoc on all facets of a community. The death toll from fire, flood, wind, snow, and ice is the most obvious concern, but the property damage that can leave people homeless or dealing with serious damage causes problems long after the initial storm passes.
Employers, too, have to deal with loss, damage, [...]
by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr.
Under the newly proposed overtime regulations for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the most significant changes are to the minimum salary threshold that must be met for an employee to qualify as exempt. It’s important to understand what types of compensation are included in determining whether [...]