Jeff Mandel, Regional Managing Partner in the Orlando office, provided advice to employers on how to design a summer dress code in an article for the Orlando Business Journal posted on July 2, 2014.
Howard Mavity's article "Distribution & Supply Chains In the Crosshairs: The DOL’s Focus On Contractors & Temps" was featured in Industrial Distribution on July 1, 2014.
Performance management is not just about dealing with the poor performers. Instead, it is a holistic process that begins with getting the right people, setting employee expectations, and coaching employees to do the best work they can, not only to benefit the credit union but also to develop the employee along his or her career path.
- Harassment And Discrimination In A Small Workplace: What Happens If The Business Owner is Involved In Harassment Allegation?6.26.14
Luckily, the owners and leaders of many smaller workplaces are able to claim that employee relations are great and that employment law really does not concern them. In many cases, those owners and leaders are correct.
Jeff Weintraub's article "2 Employee Laws Your Business Needs to Know" was featured on Greater Memphis Chamber Small Business Council BIG IDEAS.
Ted Boehm's article "GINA Strikes the Long Term Care Industry" was featured in Advance Healthcare Network Executive Insight on June 23, 2014. Ted provides insight into the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) which has been an active federal law for five years.
Shayna Balch was a guest blogger for the Phoenix Business Journal on June 23, 2014.
Because of the ongoing debate regarding minimum wage in the U.S., many employers and employees find themselves confused as to what is and is not legal when it comes to paying tipped employees. Below are four of the most common fallacies we see when dealing with labor disputes.
Myth 1: The minimum wage does not apply to employees who receive tips.Myth 2: Employers only have to pay employees who receive tips the “tipped minimum wage” for hours workedMyth 3: Employee who are required to perform preparatory and post-work duties, during which they do not earn tips, does not impact their status as a tipped employee.Myth 4: The employer has complete discretion to require its employees to pool tips
- The Times They Are A-Changin': How HR Professionals Can Handle Workplace Issues Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity6.18.14
A recent article by Courtney Leyes, an associate in the Memphis office, was published in HR Professionals Magazine. The article “The Times They Are A-Changin': How HR Professionals Can Handle Workplace Issues Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” encourages employers not to ignore the recent developments in politics and law even if their state does not recognize sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in the workplace.
Rick Grimaldi and Lori Armstrong Halber created an article entitled “A Smart Business Plan Considers the Cost of Human Capital” for Region's Business.
Look beyond the short-term and examine the potential hidden costs of taking financial short cuts early on.
Business financing requires a business plan. In addition to setting forth information regarding what the company will produce or service it will provide, who its customers will be, identifying its competitors, as well as risks and threats confronting the business, a business plan will, by definition, include information regarding the company’s capital and resource requirements and historical and projected financial statements. The greatest cost in business is human capital. Any successful business plan must account for the cost of employees, which is not as easy as it might seem.
To read the full article, please visit Region's Business.
Shayna Balch was a guest blogger for the Phoenix Business Journal on June 17, 2014.
In the article, Shayna discusses five ways to keep workers' compensation costs to a minimum.
- Create a cost-reduction plan
- Think prevention
- Get to know your claims
- Consider lighter duties
- Consider self-insurance
Judge Rolf Treu’s decision in the Students First case is effectively an indictment of the termination process of all California public school employees, not just teachers. Under current law, California public school employers are forced to expend significant resources to terminate employees who are ineffective, engage in misconduct, or whose job performance continues to fall below standards.
Mike Mitchell’s article “Dress Codes and Appearance Policies: Challenges Under Federal Legislation” was featured in Volume 33, Number 2 of The Health Care Manager.
There is no legal requirement that an employer adopt a dress or appearance policy, but many restaurant and hospitality employers are looking to create (or maintain) a certain image.
Workplace and school violence events have contributed to our increasing national conversation about “bullying.”
- Phoenix Business Journal: Playing Big Brother: How to Legally Monitor Employees with GPS Tracking Devices6.10.14
Managing construction safety risks requires more than recognizing the most frequently cited OSHA standards or focusing on reducing the experience modification rate (EMR) and injury and illness rates.
Tabatha George's article "How The Windsor Decision Applies To Retirement Plans" was featured in the June/July VIP French Quarter magazine.
David Lichtenberg and Amanda Caldwell from the New Jersey office were co-authors for an article for Healio.com. The article provided insight on how to handle sick employees.
In recent months, many state and local governments have aggressively moved to raise the minimum wage. This week, the City of Seattle joined these ranks when its city council unanimously approved an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, the highest for any metropolis in the country.
Rich Meneghello's article "Workplace battle lines are being challenged by NLRB" was featured on IdahoBusinessReview.com. Rich provided commentary on the potential impact of the NLRB taking up a new case involving Purple Communications, a technology company based outside of Sacramento, Calif., where a union organizing drive was taking place in 2012-2013.
You finally have decided to take the long overdue disciplinary action. Just before you do, the employee to be disciplined, possibly sensing what’s about to happen, makes a complaint of harassment.
Shayna Balch was a guest blogger for the Phoenix Business Journal on June 3, 2014.
Mike Mitchell’s article “Dress Codes and Appearance Policies: Challenges Under Federal Legislation” was featured in Volume 33, Number 1 of The Health Care Manager.
Michael Elkon’s article entitled “Assault and Battery: An Emerging Trend in Employer/Employee Litigation,” was published by Society For Human Resource Management.
Shayna Balch was a guest blogger for the Phoenix Business Journal on May 27, 2014.
Howard Mavity’s article “Staying Out of the Danger Zone,” was published in Vol. 23 Issue 5 of I Think Bigger.
Danielle Urban’s article “Three Tips to Protect Employees Overseas” was featured on Workforce.com.
An article by Joe Ambash entitled “Is the Northwestern Decision a Wake-Up Call for Higher Ed Institutions?” was published in The New England Journal of Higher Education.
Shayna Balch was a guest blogger for the Phoenix Business Journal.
Melody Rayl’s article “Time to Plan Ahead for a Minimum Wage Increase,” was published on Ithinkbigger.com.
A changing economy means staff have more options. Is your company poised to make the most of it?
According to Forbes, over 2.25 million employees quit their jobs in October 2013, the highest number since 2010. And not for the reasons you might think. The number one reason employees leave is not money, it is poor management.
Daniel Perkin's article "Effective Workplace Investigations Introduction," was featured in the May 11, 2014 issue of Law Week Colorado.
Shayna Balch's for the Phoenix Business Journal on May 13, 2014.
As our world becomes more and more electronic and individuals become more accustomed to paying for goods and services with the swipe of a plastic card, both employers and employees are becoming attracted to pay cards.
Shayna Balch offered insight to the Phoenix Business Journal on hiring summer interns.
Christopher Stief's blog post "Philadelphia Local Minimum Wage Increase for City Contractors: Continuing Trend of Municipal," was featured on TLNT.com.
Employers are being stung by soaring health insurance premiums and desperately need to control their costs. Harmful behaviors, such as smoking, which contribute directly to higher medical bills are a natural target.
Texas, with its pro-business climate, has historically been a very good place for independent contractors. However, recent changes to the legal landscape across the U.S. have left many employers scratching their heads in amazement and re-examining the prerequisites of an “independent contractor,” including a significant number of cases that have examined whether exotic dancers qualify as employees or independent contractors.
Greg Hanscom and Christina Michael's article "Social Media's Effect on Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements," was featured on Human Resource Executive Online.
Pop quiz: Your company has a strict dress code, and you have always consistently held your employees to it. A new employee shows up for work one day blatantly violating the policy.
This article by Freedley Hunsicker Jr., was featured in The Legal Intelligencer on May 6, 2014.
Grace Horoupian and Tyler Rasmussen’s article “Taking the Sting Out of Workplace Romance,” was published in the Entertainment Human Resources Network newsletter.
Nearly every employer has adopted and enforced written policies regulating conduct in the workplace. However, few have taken the time to think about effective and lawful policies that regulate employee behavior after hours and outside the workplace.