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Employees Behaving Badly III: Now What?

This is the second time my post discusses Donald Trump, except now he is President-elect Donald Trump.  Much has been written in the week since his election regarding how his presidency may impact employers.  Overall, the consensus seems to be that established laws such as Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, for example, … Continue Reading

You Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to WHAT?!?!

A year ago, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price announced plans to raise the salary of every employee to $70,000 by 2017, even entry level staffers.  In order to help offset the increased labor costs, Price announced his intention to lower his own salary from $1,000,000+ to $70,000 (he apparently made around $2,000,000 in 2012).  Needless-to-say, … Continue Reading

The “Accidental” Termination?

Rumors of more potential layoffs have been circulating for quite some time at the once internet giant, Yahoo. Despite reductions in its workforce by 14% in 2014, Yahoo’s economic woes continue.  So, it was not necessarily a surprise when approximately 30 employees were laid off in late January even after statements by Yahoo’s CEO denying … Continue Reading

Telecommuting: Perk or Problem?

As we become increasingly more mobile, telecommuting programs are among the fastest growing benefit for employees. While the term “work from home” may trigger visions of a 24-year-old with a laptop at a Starbucks, the typical telecommuter is actually a 49-year old college graduate. Having an endless supply of caramel macchiatos during the workday may … Continue Reading

Granting Non-Exempt Workers After-Hour Access To Company’s E-mail System: Are You E-mailing Your Way To A Wage And Hour Lawsuit?

Betty’s at the dinner table with family, talking about her day, savoring her mashed potatoes when . . . flash—the phone lights up. Work e-mail. She reads it, steps away from the table, and starts drafting a response. Fifteen minutes later, she fires it off and returns to the dinner table. Same evening. Betty’s getting … Continue Reading

Are Your Employees Naughty or Nice?

As I was recently working on my Christmas “to do” list while singing along to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the lyrics “He’s making a list, and checking it twice, Gonna find out whose naughty or nice,” reminded me that December is not only the holiday season, but is also the performance evaluation season for … Continue Reading

Is “Paid Leave” on Florida’s Horizon?

Did you watch the Democratic presidential debate on October 13, 2015? If so, you heard the candidates make many promises, among them paid family leave. True, we already have the FMLA, but it only requires unpaid leave, it only applies to employers with 50 or more employees, and it only applies to employees who have … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Takes No Prisoners: Rebukes NLRB Decision Declaring “Common Sense Sometimes Matters”

“Common sense sometimes matters in resolving legal disputes.” That’s how the D.C. Circuit began its opinion reversing a widely publicized 2011 decision by the NLRB finding that AT&T Connecticut had committed an unfair labor practice when it banned AT&T employees from wearing “Prisoner” shirts to the homes of customers. If you attended our annual employment … Continue Reading

DOL’s Proposal Will Require More “White Collar” Employees To Be Paid Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently proposed substantial changes to the salary amounts for the FLSA’s white collar exemptions. This is the first proposed change since 2004. The DOL took this action in response to a March 2014 directive from President Obama to “modernize and streamline” the regulations for these white collar exemptions. In … Continue Reading

Low Balling: Negotiation Starter or Negotiation Killer?

Did you see Jon Lester pitch for the Red Sox against the Yankees a few days ago? I bet you more money than Floyd Mayweather made in his fight against Manny Pacquiao that you didn’t.  There is no way you could have. That’s because Lester does not pitch for the Red Sox anymore. Why? Well, … Continue Reading

Everyone Can Be Replaced: And Maybe Sooner Than You Think

I love a good sci-fi film as much as the next guy, but what happens when the science is no longer fiction?  If you’ve been following developments in the field of computers, you may have seen recent stories regarding how some fairly well regarded individuals, namely Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, think the … Continue Reading

Wrestling with Independent Contractors

As I sit here watching professional wrestling with my son, it hits me. Vincent Kennedy McMahon, the Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, is a genius. First, Mr. McMahon has kept me interested in staged fights (with predetermined outcomes) for the majority of my life. Second, I marvel at how he has successfully monetized this phenomenon … Continue Reading

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy – 10 Tips for Protecting Your Business

Do you allow employees to access company data using their personal portable electronic devices instead of company-issued devices? For example, do employees use their smart phones to contact customers and store customer contact information, preferences, etc., on their phones? When these employees quit or are terminated, have you implemented measures to ensure your customer lists … Continue Reading

Is Fantasy Football Affecting Your Workplace?

The football may be fantasy, but how real is its effect on productivity in your workplace? A recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an employment consulting firm, states that fantasy football, with an estimated 31 million working-age participants, may cost employers close to $14 billion. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (yes, … Continue Reading

Intimidation: An Attention-Grabber for Coaching Football, but a Flag for Coaching Employees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … football season! In my house, it’s all football, all the time – college football (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday), pro football (Sunday, Monday and Thursday), NFL Total Access, ESPN Game Day etc. My husband and I even watched HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” a show following the Atlanta Falcons … Continue Reading

Bathroom Breaks & Decreased Productivity #HoldItIn2WinAPrize

Employers have fairly wide discretion in terms of developing work rules designed to increase productivity and decrease time spent “slacking off.” But, if you believe the reports, one Chicago-based company may have gone too far. Apparently, WaterSaver Faucet Company has been experiencing a decrease in employee productivity. The perceived root of the problem? Excessive bathroom … Continue Reading
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