Archive for the ‘Labor & Employment’ Category
It seems that everyone is talking about (and through) social media networks these days. Facebook recently broke the 1 billion users mark (you read that correctly, a whopping one BILLION people log on to Facebook now). And that’s not all. YouTube boasts 1 billion users, Twitter is catching up with 500 million users, LinkedIn has over 259 million users and, according to Tumblr, there are over 101 million active blogs with more than 46 billion blog posts. It seems that, more than ever, people are logging on to social media outlets to talk to friends, seek employment (or employees), find inspiration, and provide opinions, advice and ideas (including me, in this very blog post). With all the blogging and posting and sharing, legal issues are bound to happen. So, what are some things you should keep in mind before logging on, particularly if yours is one of the many businesses jumping on the social media bandwagon? Read the rest of this entry »
I will present a Mock Workplace Investigation on Friday, September 27, at the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management conference. The two-day event, focusing on valuable skills for today’s key medical professionals, will be held at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
It is imperative to have proper policies and documentation for an effective investigation to protect your practice. Investigations are difficult in any setting – especially in a busy medical practice, where managers and administrators need to be experts in all areas. Knowing the proper steps to conduct a workplace investigation and having the necessary documentation can prevent a potential significant liability.
If you have any questions about workplace investigations or other labor and employment law topics, please contact George Hlavac at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 18, our Labor & Employment Group will present 2012-2013 Labor and Employment Law Update. I, along with my colleagues Jeffrey Stewart and Edward Easterly, will discuss recent developments and changes related to labor and employment issues. It is important for human resource professionals and business owners and managers to remain educated in our ever-changing culture. This program has been approved for 1.25 recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Click here to register.
For more information about labor and employment law, please contact me at email@example.com.
Following an employee’s termination, the employer may well receive a packet of papers from the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation Bureau. When these papers come, you, the employer, normally have just five days to complete the requested information and return the papers. With the short deadline, employers must quickly determine how to deal with the following issues: how to answer the questionnaire; what to say about why the employee was terminated; and whether it is worth fighting his benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
On June 11, 2013, the unpaid internship game changed forever. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a landmark ruling which has, essentially, put an end to the use of unpaid interns as regular employees. Read the rest of this entry »
We get asked many times about what can be done when an employee quits without giving any notice. Specifically, employers often ask if they have to pay him his final paycheck and what can be done if the employee owes the company money. Read the rest of this entry »
Despite a recent federal court decision essentially invalidating a year’s worth of NLRB rulings (for which employers all over the country should rejoice), the Board continues to churn out decisions which impact both union and non-union employers (for which employers everywhere should cry). As we have previously noted, the NLRB has taken a special interest in protecting employees who make postings on social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter. In a few recent cases, the NLRB has continued that trend. Read the rest of this entry »
On Wednesday, May 22, I presented a seminar entitled, “How to Properly Conduct Workplace Investigations,” to 3 groups of more than 30 people. We discussed how important it is to be meticulous in your investigation and the step-by-step process to ensure your investigation is complete and timely.
If you have any questions about conducting workplace investigations, or any other HR related issues, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiring a new employee? If so, you want to obtain all the information reasonably possible, but beware, as there are a number of rules all employers should keep in mind when going through the hiring process. Please click here to read an article I authored for Lehigh Valley Woman, where I discuss tips on making sure your employment application and interview questions are legal.
For more information about employment interviews or other labor and employment issues, please contact Jeff Stewart at email@example.com.