Many employees have signed non-disclosure agreements or non-compete agreements, but a love contract? With all the recent news around sexual harassment in the workplace, employers are taking a new, stricter stance on romance in the office.
While more and more companies are conducting background checks and drug screening, there are still many employers who don’t want to spend the money it takes to complete a thorough background check. Penny wise, pound foolish is an old British saying that means to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and not careful enough about larger amounts of money. Failing to complete a full background check on new employees may be a pound foolish decision especially when...
“Naked” no poach agreements – what are they? Naked wage-fixing or no-poaching agreements among employers, whether entered into directly or through a third-party, are illegal under the antitrust laws. That means that if the agreement is separate from or not reasonably necessary to a larger legitimate collaboration between the employers, the agreement is deemed illegal without any inquiry into its competitive effect.
Surprising all pundits including ASE, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) came out with three decisions last week that were not expected until 2018.
Despite decades of experience trying to address sexual harassment in the workplace, the recent wave of workplace harassment complaints all over the media have put employers back on their heels. Supervisors and managers must know how to respond to a situation of harassment as well as the complaint.
In our article in last week’s EPTW This Week!, “Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements Tested by Social Media,” the aspect of too restrictive non-compete agreements in the face of employee social media use was reviewed. Judicial and legislative activity in the areas of employee non-competition, non-solicitation, non-poaching, and confidentiality agreements has increased significantly in the last few years.
With November arriving, so has the official start of the flu season. An outbreak of the flu in the workplace can cause significant reduction in productivity. Employers should educate their employees on how to avoid the flu and how their sick policies apply should an employee get sick.
Employers take notice, according to a recent 2016 study released by the University of California, Hastings’ Center for WorkLife Law, employee lawsuits alleging family responsibility discrimination (FRD) are on a dramatic rise. More importantly, employees are winning these cases. Over the past decade, the study detailed that FRD increased by 269% resulting in nearly $500 million paid out in verdicts and settlements. If the case goes to trial, employees win 67% of the...
Michigan Democratic Legislators are introducing legislation intended to curtail illegal deductions from pay. Any illegal deduction from pay is being called wage theft. Wage theft is described as the “denial of wages or employee benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee.”
Why should I run background checks on my applicants? What do other employers check on backgrounds? These are questions that I get quite often from our customers. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.
Employers are more and more often pushed into situations where an employee’s speech online negatively impacts an organization’s business. Employers spend large amounts of money trying to project a positive public image and brand of the company and then without expectation, an employee “publishes” something that makes the organization look like it fosters and supports social misfits, to put it kindly. Employers must prepare to take action should an employee publish a...
With Hurricane Harvey and Irma causing widespread destruction and also severe business disruption, employers everywhere should plan for disasters and disruptions caused by any form of natural disaster. What laws may come into play that the employer should be aware of?
Another blow was landed against the Obama administration’s effort to change US wage and hour law without passing an amendment to the almost 80-year old Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The same Texas federal court that originally temporarily stayed the implementation of a new salary level test rule issued a permanent injunction against those rules last week. The Court’s reason for the permanent injunction remained the same: the salary level set by the new regulations was too high...
Earlier this month EPTW reported on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the employers favor upholding that employer’s clearly stated directions on reporting discrimination. The US Fifth Circuit issued another opinion at the end of July that also supported clearly written employer policies or rules and at the same time, pushed back at the pro-labor National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rulings in the last few years.
Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath in an important step to becoming a doctor. One of the most well-known premises of that oath is, “first, do no harm.” That is a good oath for any profession and is certainly something to be considered in background screening.