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Don’t let annoyance over disability accommodations turn into retaliatory harassment.
Some positions aren’t covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act because they are specifically excluded and covered by other laws – for example, the Motor Carrier Act.
Two lawsuits filed Sept. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas aim to block new overtime rules from taking effect on Dec. 1.
By now, we all know the devastating effect leaked emails can have on the political process. An email that comes out in litigation can be just as devastating to an employer.
The National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the National Labor Relations Act, has issued an order telling a Minnesota employer to hold a “talk” with employees about their rights to unionize.
A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats is pushing legislation to phase in the U.S. Department of Labor’s change to the overtime salary threshold.
This month we update New York state employers on two developments that could catch them by surprise.
Public employees who speak out about matters of public importance are protected from retaliation. But retaliation doesn’t include an employer’s complaint about the employee to a licensing board.
Q. We give employees the choice of using two 10-minute breaks each day or combining them into one 20-minute lunch break. The employees are required to punch out and in for these breaks. Now, we have a policy that docks employees 15 minutes’ pay if they’re four or more minutes late returning from a break. Is this legal?
A Wisconsin software company on Sept. 6 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether class-action waivers in employment agreements are legal.
It seems increasingly likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to decide one of the hottest topics in employment law: Whether class-action waivers in employment agreements are legal.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has handed arbitrators the power to decide if arbitration agreements are valid. The appeals court ruled that it was legitimate to ask whether an arbitration agreement applied to an employee’s pre-existing Fair Labor Standards Act claim, but that it was a question best answered not by a judge, but by an arbitrator.
Just because co-workers can be rude doesn’t mean the target of mean comments has a hostile work environment claim — especially when the comments are ambiguous, subject to interpretation and didn’t occur repeatedly.
Starting Dec. 1, the new DOL rules take effect that nearly double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers become exempt from overtime.
Every employer that is subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and has more than 10 employees is required to maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses.
Don’t take employee discretion for granted! You need a confidentiality policy to protect trade secrets and other proprietary information from leaving your organization.
San Miguel Homes for the Elderly, an assisted-living facility in the Bay Area, has ended its militant opposition to U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforcement efforts and agreed to pay $425,000 in back wages to 26 caregivers.
The owners of Hibachi City Buffet in Palm Desert, Calif., will pay more than $128,000 in back wages and penalties following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
To win a quid pro quo sexual harassment case, an employee has to show that two things occurred.
If you pester an employee who is suing you with expensive pretrial tactics, you may wind up on the hook for his legal bills.
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