Employment & Labor Law

Employers Must Be Ready for December 1; There Is No Choice

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Final Regulations, changing the minimum salary requirements for exempt salaried executive, administrative, professional, and computer employees, go into effect on December 1, 2016. December 1 is the deadline. There is no grace period.

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review a School Transgender Case

On Friday October 28, 2016, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a major transgender case. The case involves a 15-year-old Virginia high school student who, two years ago, declared himself to be a transgender male. His school granted him permission to use the boys’ restroom, and he did so until the school received numerous complaints from others. The local school board responded with a policy requiring students to use the restroom that matched the gender on their birth certificate, not their gender identity.

Required Disclosures and Authorizations for Background Checks

Hand pointing to resumeClass-action lawsuits against employers are becoming more common because plaintiffs (job applicants and current employees) are claiming that violations of the Fair Credit Reports Act have occurred.

Mastering Interview Techniques

Interviewing candidates can be a daunting and time consuming endeavor for hiring managers. It seems like it should be simple, but for some the interview process can become their worst nightmare: slow, awkward and ineffective. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

FMLA Pitfalls

Decades after its initial passage, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continues to be one of the most difficult employment laws for employers to manage in the workplace. The law is complex and often disruptive to business operations. However, it gives employees a substantial number of benefits and protections, regardless of the impact on the employer. Here are three of the most common pitfalls facing employers:

Hiring Risks for Companies with Multiple Locations

Businesses that operate multiple locations have a variety of challenges when it comes to human resources, especially if job interviews and background checks are handled at each individual site. It is crucial that you establish a consistent hiring process, regardless of how many locations you have.

Are You Following Your Fiduciary Duties?

Retirement plans should be a benefit to you, your employees and your company as a whole. By following ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and especially the fiduciary duties, your retirement plan can be more of a benefit than a burden. Although the underlying law is 30 years old, changes occur regularly. Here is a look at five issues that can be troublesome, but need not be, with a little attention.

Avoiding Recruitment Pitfalls

Recruitment is in full swing in the state of Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the national jobless rate is at 4.9%. The rates are even lower in Michigan at 4.5%, as of July 2016. With a tight job market and steep competition by other employers, the potential of making a bad hire increases. A bad hire can cost your company in a lot of ways: lost productivity, missed development opportunities, negative client service, low employee morale and accumulated costs for hiring and training. Every person is not cut out for every job.

Employer Wellness Programs and the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to scrutinize employer wellness programs and recently filed several lawsuits against employers claiming that certain wellness programs violate Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Your business is moving forward. Are your benefits?

The last year has brought changes that can be beneficial to your business and employees, if you know what they are and how to apply them.

Here are a few of those changes to keep in mind as another year of open enrollment approaches.