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HTMLThe BLS Minimum-Wage "Report" Means . . . What, Exactly?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report entitled "Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013" which claims that approximately 1.8 million hourly-paid workers made less than the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's $7.25-per-hour minimum wage last year. It also asserts...

 

HTMLFAQ's on FINRA's Broker Compensation Proposal
Michael R. Greco; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 3, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
On March 10, 2014, FINRA filed proposed Rule 2243 with the SEC. The proposed rule would require firms and registered reps to disclose certain financial incentives offered to reps in connection with a change in employment and would require firms to report information concerning the same subject to...

 

HTML"Don't Come In To Work Today"
Eric J. Uhl; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
Even here in Maine, where we take pride in not letting winter slow us down, there are days when it just doesn’t make sense to get out of the house. This past winter was a tough one to say the least - for much of the country it was one of the worst on record. Recent rains in parts of the west...

 

HTMLAntisocial Media- Union Not Liable For Threatening Facebook Posts
Gregory D. Ballew; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
Imagine if you will, that a company-sponsored website allows employees to post comments. During the course of a union strike, an employee who chooses to cross the picket line posts a comment threatening to kill union members who try to stop him. The company does not disavow the post. Would the...

 

HTMLConstruction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014
Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was tossed out by a federal judge. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. v....

 

HTMLShould You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
Sometimes an employment lawyer is faced with a thorny question that involves multiple layers of analysis. Before advising a client, any good attorney will want to examine prior case decisions, statutory citations, regulatory guidance, and other resources to ensure a full understanding of the issue...

 

HTMLPreparing The Boss For Media Interviews
Kevin Sullivan; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
Smart executives and business owners know that a good public-relations program can build a brand and burnish a reputation. Good PR costs less than advertising and lends credibility to your organization, products, and services.

 

HTMLHuman Resource Considerations in China
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014
When people think about the reasons they have left an organization or have not accepted an offer with a company, one of the key common factors is perhaps something one might not expect: development, or rather, the lack thereof. Compensation, while certainly important, is often not the deciding...

 

HTMLCampus "Unpaid Intern" Opposition Growing
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014
We have already reported that a group calling itself the "Fair Pay Campaign" aims to pressure colleges and universities not to facilitate unpaid internships or even post notices about them. This initiative appears to be gaining momentum.

 

HTMLSupreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014
On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) payroll taxes. The Court’s decision resolves a split of...

 


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