When Employees Harass Coworkers on Social Media, the Employer May Be Liable

Social media is everywhere. It has changed the way we interact with people, get our news, shop for products and spend our time. With 3.5 billion active social media users daily spending an average of three hours per day, it is one of the most...

Read More

When Hourly Met Salary: Should You Switch Salaried, Exempt Employees to Hourly Pay?

In light of the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule, which took effect as of January 1, 2020, the salary minimum went from $23,660 to $35,568  to be considered exempt from overtime pay, you may be considering reclassifying...

Read More

State & Federal Compliance: The 8 Most Common Wage & Hour Violations

Between state and federal guidelines, employers and human resources professionals must comply with dozens of wage and hour rules. To add difficulty, employers with employees working across multiple states must comply with the guidelines in each...

Read More

What to Expect When OSHA is Inspecting

Suppose an Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance safety and health officer appears at your workplace. You probably had no way of knowing he or she was coming, because OSHA inspections are unannounced. Does this unexpected news...

Read More

What to Do When an Employee Has an Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases (or communicable diseases) can be caused by viruses (e.g., the common cold, influenza, measles, HIV), bacteria (e.g., strep throat, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis), fungi (e.g., ringworm, Athlete’s Foot) or parasites...

Read More

Beyond the Interview Questions: The Need-to-Knows of Unconscious Bias

Anyone conducting job interviews should already know there are questions you can’t ask a candidate. Race, national origin, gender, disability, military status and age are all protected classes, so interviewers should avoid asking questions about...

Read More

Ask the Expert: Do I Have to Allow Employees to Work Flexible Schedules?

Q: A couple of my employees have asked for flexible working arrangements. I value my employees and want to be sensitive to their requests. But, because we are a small business, their absences from our workplace could put a bigger burden on other...

Read More

Employment Reference Checks: What to Ask and Why

Conducting reference checks when hiring is a necessary step in the process to verify the accuracy of the information received during the interview process and provided on the candidate’s resume. According to SHRM, 92% of employers conduct some...

Read More

The Dos and Don'ts of Valentine's Day in the Workplace

Over 50% of Americans will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, according to new data shared by the National Retail Federation (NRF), showing their love or affection for that special someone with red roses, expensive chocolates, balloon...

Read More

Retaliation Claims: Why There’s Never a Right Time to “Get Even”

An employee tells you a supervisor regularly makes discriminatory comments about him, goes public with a claim that your company is doing something illegal or files a complaint against your organization for harassment. You know addressing the...

Read More