Employment & Labor Law

Employees on Social Media Outside of Work – Company Business or Not?

Tweets, Snaps, Instagram photos, and Facebook posts are just a few of the many ways individuals communicate through social media. No big surprise that social media has also infiltrated the workplace.  Employees use social media to interact before, during, and after work time on a daily basis. Most of the interaction is harmless. But, there are those instances when you will wish that technological advances had stopped with “rotary phones” and “party lines” [for those of you who have no idea what a rotary phone or party line is, “Google” it or ask “Siri.”].  

How to Set Salaries

Setting salaries for your staff is always a tricky thing to do. It's especially hard if you've never done it before, because you probably don't even know where to start. On the one hand, you want to pay enough to get the best possible talent. On the other hand, you don't want to overpay.

Here's a quick summary to help you set salaries for all your staff:

Driving Records Must Be Checked for any Employee that Drives for Business Purposes

If your business hires commercial drivers you understand the federal laws that require you to investigate and monitor the driving activities of your employees. These drivers must meet a number of federal standards, as well as those established by your insurance carriers. But what about those employees who don’t drive 18-wheelers, but instead are behind the wheel of a company or personal vehicle?

Importance of Understanding What Goes in an Employee Personnel File

There are numerous legal requirements placed on human resource professionals to properly create, maintain, and protect the confidentiality of employment records. Federal and state agencies have stepped up their audits of personnel records, and employees frequently request information contained in their employment records. In navigating these treacherous waters, human resource record keeping practices can be your best defense or your worst enemy.

Defining Intellectual Property

Whether you’re an established business, a small business owner or an emerging company, at one point you’ve heard the words: “patent”, “trademark”, “copyright” and “trade secret” used interchangeably to reference the broader term intellectual property. Although they all have common underlying similarities, they are very different in how each is used in protecting one’s intellectual property.

Best Paying Jobs

Whether we’re making it, spending it, saving it or in lack of it, we think about money a lot. As a result, money spurs why we work and often the professions we choose. Still, money isn’t the be-all and end-all of a profession, nor is it the exclusive factor that determines your satisfaction with the work you do. That’s what makes these 20 professions special. They’re the highest-paying occupations from our Best Jobs list, and each have average and median salaries that crest $80,000. But they’re also jobs expected to hire abundantly this decade.

Purpose of Financial Statements

Financial statements are used by a business for a number of very important reasons, so it is important that all managers of a business have a basic understanding of how to read and use these statements to help drive the success of a business.

The Truth about TV Police Shows

TV shows like The Blacklist and NCIS are entertaining and fun, but it’s clearly all stylized fiction, no matter how convincing it may look.

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation for Disabled Employees?

The Americans With Disabilities Act requires employers to provide disabled employees reasonable accommodation. As a result, employers are forced to ask difficult questions, such as whether an employee is a qualified individual with a disability or whether the requested accommodation is reasonable. Technology which enables employees to work from home has added a new level of complexity.

OSHA Clause for Safe Workplaces Applies to Aggressive Intruders and Active Shooters

News stories from the last few weeks reinforces how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. The shootings in Paris and Mali and the violence in colleges, churches, plants and office settings, point out risks that are sad reminders that there are individuals and groups who mean to do harm in the workplace and have the means to do so.