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Q. Many of our part-time warehouse employees have recently been putting in well over 40 hours per week. Do we have an obligation to change their status to full time?

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation barring employers from requesting job applicants’ or employees’ social media passwords. Dubbed the “Face­­­book Law,” the new law is intended to protect employees’ private communications from the prying eyes of prospective or current bosses.

More and more employees use cellphones and smartphones to get their work done, something many employers encourage in the name of greater efficiency. But there’s a downside: significant safety and financial risks created by employees who use mobile devices while driving. Here's some common-sense perspective on protecting your employees ... and your bottom line.

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Em­­ployee Ben­­­efits Security Administration (EBSA), trustees for the United Em­­ployee Benefit Fund in North­­brook have agreed to correct $1.7 million in improper loans made from the union retirement fund.
Q. Does Pennsylvania law specify what we should keep in personnel files?
OSHA has ordered Orlando’s SeaWorld marine park to change the ways in which trainers and orcas interact following the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau.
When the Castle Rock Supper Club in Hawley was accused of illegally employing teenagers, the owners tried to persuade state regulators that it was OK because their establishment is “not a drinking man’s bar” but “more of a family restaurant.” The regulators were unmoved ...

When a St. Paul construction company hired members of the Crookston High School hockey team in 2010 to install drain pipes under the ice rinks at the Crookston Sports Center, it probably seemed like a great community project. In fact, Arena Systems committed the employment law equivalent of three coincidental major penalties.

A Tampa-area Subway franchisee will pay $7,536 in back wages plus $3,768 in liquidated damages following a ruling by a federal judge that workers should have been paid for the time they spent taking a required “Sandwich Artist Certification” course.
The Texas Supreme Court has dealt a blow to attorneys representing employees in Texas. While employers that lose a lawsuit are supposed to pay the employee’s attorneys’ fees, there are limits to how high those fees can go.
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