Employer/Employee Relations

It is that time of the year. I don’t mean baseball -- I mean hiring summer interns.  I’m reminded of this because my colleague posted something that is important to remind people. Summer intern does not equal unpaid or free labor. In fact, in most situations,...

The United States Department of Labor is at it again. On April 1, of all days (no, it’s not a joke), the Department of Labor issued a proposed rulemaking on joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  First things first, what is a joint...

Here is a quick update on the overtime rules newly proposed by the United States Department of Labor. The notice of proposed rulemaking on overtime requirements (which is the first step of the Labor Department’s regulatory process) has been issued. Under the current enforced law dealing...

A couple of years ago, I freaked out some people when I started writing on changes made to overtime policies by the Department of Labor. After appropriately scaring everyone, it turned out that a federal judge in Texas gave several folks a big fat Christmas...

At the firm we often conduct research on multi-state operations. We happen to have a client who has multiple employees working from offices in different states, which represents a challenge when you’re dealing with cutting edge legal and policy matters. This year, one of the most...

I was going through policies that often appear in employee handbooks (you can make fun of my nerdiness later). We are approaching the season for two major violations for workplace policy.  If you look at your employee handbook, you’ll likely see a no-solicitation policy, which generally...

A couple of employment law matters have recently crept their way into my inbox. One of them has to do with the payout of accrued but not used time off.  Often when employees are let go, there is a question if the employer is obligated by...

This week we are talking about sexual harassment in the workplace and how teams can transform the office culture to prevent and eliminate cases. Check out our last post on the topic here. Let's pick up where we left off. Next, the company needs to analyze...

I am getting ready to conduct a series of trainings for a client in sexual harassment law, how to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace, and how to manage an investigation should a complaint of sexual harassment be alleged. The first thing that I would...

This week we are talking about the issue of criminal background checks for employees. Do we perform criminal background checks on new employees and existing employees? If you missed part one of this post, you can read it here. Now the question is what should...