Pat DiDomenico

If your organization uses interns—or plans to do so—take note of this month’s ruling in the closely watched “Black Swan” case. A federal court in New York said Fox Searchlight Pictures violated wage-and-hour laws by failing to pay interns who did menial tasks during production of the Oscar-nominated movie “Black Swan.” The case is a timely reminder that, in almost all cases, employers must pay interns at least the minimum wage, no matter how basic their work is.


Studies show that as the temperature rises, the potential for employment law problems heats up in the workplace. What should employers do? Here’s a five-point to-do list for summer …


When some older workers hear the word “slow,” they may immediately assume that’s a code word for “old.” But as a new court ruling shows, if you have employees who can’t meet the job’s required—and preferably written—performance levels, you’re not required to keep them on staff, regardless of their ages.  Here’s how to handle this legally tricky situation …

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Why do your employees leave? Amid the typical 3M reasons—money, motivation and manager quality—employers often miss out on a simple, no-cost way to keep employees happy and on the farm. How? Communicate your promotion policy and announce when workers are promoted.

Unless employees can see and understand the path to promotion at your organization, they’re more likely to seek advancement outside of your walls. Use these 5 guidelines to create announcements that provide concrete examples of what employees must do to get promoted …


Have you ever been frustrated that your CEO doesn’t seem to care about the FLSA, FMLA, ADA or any other of those magic compliance acronyms? What if the boss gets tired of your helpful suggestions and decides to send you packing? As the following court ruling shows, if you are fired for insisting that the company comply with anti-discrimination laws, you can likely sue for retaliation or whistleblower violations …

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Annually on March 15 (the “Ides of March”) we are reminded of the betrayal suffered by Julius Caesar at the hands of Brutus. But backstabbing didn’t end with the fall of the Roman Empire. Less dramatic (and less fatal) versions of betrayal play out in workplaces across the country everyday. Here are four characteristics that typify the common office betrayer, plus tips on how to handle the silent killer, gossip …



by Pat DiDomenico on March 8, 2013 5:05pm

in HR Soapbox

The change of the calendar to 2017 carries with it a new paperwork duty for all employers—trash your old version of the I-9 (the Employment Eligibility Verification form) and start using the new “smart” version by Jan. 22.

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By March 8, 2013, employers covered under the FMLA (those with 50 or more employees) must display the new version of the Employee Rights and Responsibilities under the FMLA poster in their workplaces. This version includes new changes relating to military family leave and FMLA leave for airline flight crews. You don’t need to spend a penny to comply; you can download a free copy of the official poster here …

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Just a few years ago, your chance of being targeted for a federal audit of your I-9 forms was remote. That’s all changed. In 2012, ICE launched I-9 audits of 12 times more employers than just five years ago.  Here are 9 impportant do’s and don’ts for handling your I-9 forms …


When it comes to discrimination law, courts view “religion” very broadly, meaning you may need to approve some pretty unusual requests. Last week, a Tennessee man quit his job after seeing that his W-2 form was labeled with the number 666 (“the number of the beast”). Here’s how to best identify and handle requests for religious accommodations


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