Monthly Archives: February 2013

In The Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Keeping track of the latest developments in labor and employment law can be challenging for employers and HR managers. What to know? Health care reforms, revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act, judicial interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to be sure. But also textual harassment, workplace investigations, internships, working interviews, and much… Read more »

5 Tips for Building Success into Your Business Succession Plan

“In order to design and implement a successful business succession plan one must cover a wide variety of specialties, not only including accounting and legal expertise, but also investment banking advice, valuation estimates, family business assistance (to deal with family tensions and conflicts), and, last but not least, insurance matters.” (Burr & Forman) Whether you’re… Read more »

Do Your Employees Telecommute? You Should Know…

“Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace to all employees, even employees working at home…” (Eric Uhl, Fisher & Phillips) Telecommuting may provide companies with a number of benefits, but it’s not without legal risk. Here are five issues to consider: 1. Wage and hour laws: “While telecommuting may appear to be a terrific… Read more »

5 Hiring Best Practices

The good news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees. The bad news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees… These five best practices may help. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: 1. Don’t make promises you can’t keep: “Do not use terms such as ‘guaranteed’ or… Read more »

Latest Need-to-Know in Immigration Law

For business owners and HR managers, a quick look at three top stories in immigration law: comprehensive immigration reform, the 2014 H1-B visa season, and SEC fraud charges in the E-B Immigrant Investor Program. For your reference, from immigration and employment lawyers on JD Supra: 1. Immigration reform is poised to become a reality: “The… Read more »

5 Tips for Managing Workplace Romance Risks

[Video: Do ‘Love Contracts’ Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?] We’re very happy for both of you. Now if you’ll please sign this “love contract,” you can get back to work… Valentine’s Day may be upon us, but office romance poses significant challenges to employers all year long. What to do? Suggestions, from employment lawyers… Read more »

New FMLA Rules Expand Leave Eligibility for Military Family Members

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor issued its final rule implementing changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act as mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 (NDAA). The most significant revisions to the law: expansion of the conditions under which military families can take qualified FMLA leave. For your reference, here’s… Read more »

Healthcare Reform: New Rules for Birth Control Coverage

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… Since its introduction in August 2011, the contraceptive coverage mandate – which requires employer-sponsored health plans to include coverage for birth control medications and devices – has been one of the more controversial provisions of the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform measures. Jean Hemphill of law firm… Read more »

Court Rules Against Obama: Is Your Company’s Social Media Policy Now Totally Invalid?

In late January, a DC circuit court ruled that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board didn’t actually happen during a recess, and were therefore invalid. The ruling has huge implications for many workplace issues. In early analysis, attorney Peter Felsenfeld of law firm Barger & Wolen reminds us that it will… Read more »

Workplace Need to Know: Latest On Wage and Hour Law

“Under Title VII, the top six most frequently challenged [employment] practices [in 2012] were discharge/constructive discharge, harassment/intimidation, terms and condition of employment, discipline, promotion, and wages. Even though the number of charges dipped, the EEOC obtained a historic amount of money from private employers through its administrative process – $365.4 million.” (Littler) According to statistics… Read more »