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 [...]
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by Judith E. Kramer
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 [...]
You’d think employees would be eager enough for their paychecks that they would make sure to turn in time sheets promptly. But that’s not always the case, and employers may be tempted to withhold pay as a not-so-gentle reminder for workers to submit their hours on time. That’s temptation best avoided, though, according to attorneys [...]
Employers may be reeling from what they see as swift and dramatic changes related to employment regulation. In recent months, they’ve found themselves dealing with new rules on union representation elections, an impending expansion of who is eligible for overtime, a more restricted view of the use of independent contractors, as well as an array [...]
A regulatory change expected to make some 5 million more employees eligible for overtime pay likely won’t take effect for a year or more, but employers are urged to plan now how they will cope with the change.
David Fortney and Judith Kramer, attorneys with Fortney & Scott, LLC in Washington, D.C., recently conducted a [...]
It’s a common frustration for employers: Some workers feel a strong need to break away from work a few – or several – times a day to get their nicotine fix. Other employees just feel a strong need to break away from work. If an employer allows smokers short cigarette breaks at various times through [...]
Employees straggling in late or not coming in at all is often at the top of the list of employer frustrations. The problem can lead employers to devise creative solutions, such as requiring management employees to clock in and even docking their pay when they’re late. But a solution that’s legal is more important than [...]