New overtime rules arrive; compliance date set

May 18, 2016
The Department of Labor’s update to the Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees overtime rights for many more salaried workers.
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Complying With the FLSA Overtime Rules: The Duties Test

May 18, 2016
UPDATE: May 2016 On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules, which effectively double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers are exempt from being paid overtime, raising it from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The new rules become effective December […]
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Sometimes Facebook posts can lead to discipline

May 9, 2016
Despite recent court rulings, some social media items can be bad enough to warrant termination.
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Company activities heavy on religious content? Better pray you don’t wind up in court

May 2, 2016
Evangelical fervor can cause legal trouble if an employer requires employees to participate in religious practices or activities as a condition of continued employment.
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Considering rehiring? Ask how he left before

April 6, 2016
How a worker handles his or her resignation may be good reason to refuse to rehire that worker later.
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Language doesn’t create protected class

March 9, 2016
An employee who claimed he was singled out and discriminated against because he did not speak a particular language has lost his discrimination case.
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Beware giving promotions without pay raises

February 29, 2016
Have some of your employees been promoted without getting raises? That could be dangerous if those workers can show that other employees outside their protected class did get higher pay.
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Do raised voices raise legal concerns?

February 28, 2016
Q: “I need a legal perspective when it comes to yelling at subordinates. What laws, if any, allow someone in management to raise their voice out of frustration? How do courts view a subordinate’s actions when they raise their voice back in response? Can it be used as grounds for discipline, i.e. writing someone up for verbally attacking a manager, or unprofessional conduct by subordinate? Last but not least, what about a subordinate who has suffered prior verbal abuse (mental trauma) during childhood or thereafter, and made comments alleging this?” – Anonymous, Virginia
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Discrimination claims rise in 2015, disability cases see biggest jump

February 20, 2016
The EEOC handled 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination in fiscal year 2015.
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Your new litigation danger: Conspiracy charges against rogue managers

February 12, 2016

If managers somehow collude to discriminate against an employee, that may be grounds for a conspiracy lawsuit. It happened in a recent case.

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