Thursday, October 09th, 2014
Pregnancy discrimination claims before the EEOC have risen in recent years, and the EEOC has stated that enforcement of pregnancy-related laws is a priority. Federal law prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from instituting discriminatory policies and practices, and in some circumstances, may require employers to provide pregnant employees with accommodations.
Friday, September 26th, 2014
Is that FedEx® delivery driver an employee or an independent contractor? Is that janitor a franchise owner or an employee? Companies such as Federal Express, Jani-King and Coverall North America have a lot of money riding on whether they have correctly classified individuals as independent contractors or franchisees rather than as employees.
Monday, September 22nd, 2014
There is a growing movement in legislative circles, and it is called “ban the box.” This movement refers to removing the box on employment applications that applicants are asked to check if they have criminal records, and it seeks to provide such applicants who are otherwise qualified with a meaningful opportunity to advance beyond the application phase of the hiring process.
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Download this informative article which originally appeared in RESTAURANT START UP AND GROWTH
Monday, September 15th, 2014
In this country, companies frequently instruct their managers and employees that the “customer is always right,” particularly in the consumer, entertainment, and hospitality industries. Perhaps for this reason, businesses can be slow to address the unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment) of employees by non-employees, including customers and vendors.
Thursday, September 04th, 2014
Increasingly, companies are offering a variety of wellness incentives to their employees with the potential payoffs being savings in health care costs, decreased absenteeism, and increased productivity. Employers, however, need to ensure that their wellness programs do not run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) or they may have to pay out.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Recently, the National Labor Relations Board's General Counsel issued a memorandum authorizing 43 unfair labor practices complaints by McDonald's employees to proceed against McDonald's Corp. on a theory that it is a “joint employer” of employees at franchised restaurants.
Friday, August 15th, 2014
Friday, August 08th, 2014
A California businessman is charged with conspiring to steal secret information from an American manufacturer about a white pigment called chloride-route titanium dioxide, and selling the information to a state-owned company in China.
Monday, August 04th, 2014
Recent news from Washington has implications for both federal contractors and those who do business with them. The rules not only apply to those businesses with direct federal contracts, but also to certain suppliers and sub-contractors who provide goods and services used to perform those federal contracts.
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Following the close of the U.S. Supreme Court's October 2013 term, employers should look to the high court's next term, which includes four important employment cases addressing pregnancy discrimination, the authority of federal agencies, and wage-and-hour issues.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
As reported in a recent Breaking News elert, on June 26th the Supreme Court ruled in Noel Canning that President Obama exceeded his authority in January 2012 by appointing three people to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) while the Senate was not in recess. This means that the 436 cases, decided by the NLRB during the 18 month period in which two of the three now-invalid appointees were seated, are also invalid. Some of those decisions significantly impacted non-union workplaces.
Thursday, July 03rd, 2014
Read this informative article about how the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act affects local government employers.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Read this series of interesting articles in which Rich Escoffery is quoted about the importance of managing your online reputation.
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
In the wake of recent shootings at a FedEx facility and a Georgia county courthouse, where individuals may lawfully carry guns and whether and how organizations may limit that ability continue to be controversial issues that businesses, organizations, and the public face throughout the nation. A number of states have addressed the issue, with Georgia being one of the most recent to do so with the enactment of The Safe Carry Protection Act.