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|When "Free" Is Too Good To Be True: Rethinking Interns And Volunteers Under Wage & Hour Laws|
Theresa M. Gallion; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014Educational institutions of all kinds often utilize the services of volunteers or so-called interns to assist with coaching sports or other extracurricular activities, and to participate in programs that are mutually beneficial. But the United States Labor Department (DOL) has issued clear guidance...
|USDOL Defers Enforcement Action On "Companionship" Changes|
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014For some time now, we have followed the U.S. Labor Department's efforts to curtail the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(15) "companionship" exemption. Those efforts culminated in a Final Rule published in October 2013. The revisions will effectively eliminate the exemption...
|The Chicken Or The Egg?|
Tillman Y. Coffey; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014You finally decided to take the long overdue disciplinary action. Jack has got to be disciplined. But just before you do, Jack, possibly sensing what’s about to happen, makes a complaint of harassment. This is the first you’ve heard of this problem. Is the complaint legitimate? What do...
|Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?|
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?”
|When Employees Solve Problems With Their Fists|
Michael P. Elkon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014Generally speaking, human resources professionals and business executives have become quite adept at dealing with employee claims for illegal harassment. For example, just about any HR manager can provide a definition of a “hostile work environment.” Likewise, HR managers are keenly...
|OSHA Announces Final Rule On Recordkeeping Dramatically Increases Employers' Reporting Requirements Which OSHA Will Make Public|
Lauren M. Claycomb, Todd B. Logsdon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014On September 18, 2014, OSHA published its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, makes several important changes that significantly expands reporting requirements for all employers while publishing the...
|Touted Developments Contradict Rationales For Minimum-Wage Increase (Updated 09 14 14)|
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014A White House report has extoled wage-rate increases by "state legislatures and governors; mayors, county executives and city councils; and business leaders" as supposedly being compelling reasons to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. A flood of...
|Court Denies Extraterritorial Application of the Dodd-Frank Act's Whistleblowing Provisions|
Celia M. Joseph; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014On August 14, 2014, in Liu Meng-Lin v. Siemens AG, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held that the whistleblowing provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“the Dodd-Frank Act”), does not...
|New California Law Entitles Employees To Paid Sick Leave|
Bethanie E. Barnes; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014On September 10, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.” This law will require California employers to grant employees, including some part-time and temporary employees, at least three paid sick days each year.
|Texting For Business On Personal Cell Phones|
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014 In the last few years, many industries and companies have been coming to grips with the problems posed by employees using their personal phones, tablets, or laptops for business uses. The recognition of the need to develop policies for these devices likely started when smart phones other than...