19 September 2023
Earlier this year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued proposed rules prohibiting the use of non-compete agreements with most employees. Non-compete agreements restrict an employee from leaving an employer and taking another job – usually but not always – in the same business, for a specific period of time and within a limited geographic area. Historically the purpose of non-compete agreements was to protect confidential information about a business from being poached by a...
12 September 2023
As ASE has reported, the pro-union National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is dramatically changing labor law tilting against union-free employers. The ongoing changes to labor rules and practice by the NLRB will make it much easier for unions to organize and also much easier for employers to break the law.
5 September 2023
As reported last week, on August 30, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it is proposing a revised rule that will increase its Salary Level Test by revising part of the Exemption Tests in its regulations. To be classified as an exempt employee under the DOL regulations, the job must meet three tests as outlined by the FLSA regulations:
29 August 2023
Last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its long-anticipated decision in Cemex Construction Materials Pacific LLC and also issued a new rule changing union election procedures.
22 August 2023
With less than a month to go before the Big Three and the UAW labor contracts expire (September 14), the UAW is ratcheting up its negotiation rhetoric and posturing.
15 August 2023
Early last week the Department of Labor issued notice of proposed regulations that provide employers guidance on how to comply with the newly enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA took effect June 27, 2023, and applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
9 August 2023
Not unexpectedly, last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed its work rule test. The NLRB’s work rule test assesses whether particular employer policies (rules) illegally restrict workers’ rights. The Biden labor Board, now comprised of his appointees, and its General Counsel stated that since this Administration came into office, it would be reviewing many Trump-era labor rules and this rule in particular.
8 August 2023
It used to be inadvisable to cover unionized workers under the policies of an employee handbook. This was because the collective bargaining agreement was the policy/rule book for that set of employees. For some time now, some employers that have both union and non-union workers have included the union employees as covered by the handbook by including handbook disclaimer statements addressing this. The disclaimer statement would be put at the front of the handbook or many times throughout the...
1 August 2023
A leadership learning solutions organization out of San Francisco published results of a nationwide study (2,066 American adults) examining how first-time managers’ performance impacts their teams. Oji Life Lab engaged Harris Research to survey the impact first-time supervisors have on their subordinate employees and the impact that being untrained has on the first-time supervisors themselves.
25 July 2023
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that an updated Form I-9 will be available August 1, 2023. This will replace its Form I-9 that has been in use since October 2019. Since November of 1986, employers hiring any person to perform labor or services in the United States must have a completed I-9 form on file for that employee.
18 July 2023
With the enactment of both the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) effective June 27, 2023, and the Nursing Mothers Act also known as the PUMP Act, covered employers should consider adding new policies to communicate compliance and inform employees what they are providing them as a result of those laws.
11 July 2023
Recently an article on process mapping, also known as workflow mapping, was brought to my attention and it reminded me that although process mapping is typically used for product manufacturing, engineering, or other organizational process improvement this organizational improvement tool can also improve human resource functions.
30 June 2023
Among the bevy of U.S. Supreme Court opinions handed down last week, the Court ruled on what the undue hardship standard should mean within the context of accommodation for religious practice and belief. HR will have to re-evaluate how they handle requests for religious accommodation.
27 June 2023
Readers may recall a previous article in the EPTW earlier this year talking about the incredible amount of money (billions) the government has provided to union pension funds in the way of special financial assistance provided through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) as provided by the American Rescue Plan Act passed under the current administration in 2021.
20 June 2023
The issue of employee versus independent contractor classification is being looked at by many courts and agencies. We have been waiting for the U.S. Department of Labor to issue its regulations on independent contractor status for some time. States, including Michigan, are introducing legislation to address what an independent contractor is, and just last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on a case looking to establish a stricter definition of independent contractor.