In some states, cities, and towns, an employer cannot include a question on a job application asking about criminal records. It is called “Ban the Box” and is a growing trend.
Employment & Labor Law
Although the recent lame duck Michigan legislature failed to add gender identity protections to Michigan law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has prohibited discrimination since 2012 against transgender people. “Transgender” is an umbrella term that includes people who are transsexual, or otherwise gender non-conforming. Not all people who consider themselves (or who may be considered by others as) transgender will undergo a gender transition.
According to recent research conducted by the Pew Research Internet Project, as of January 2014, 58 percent of American adults have a smartphone and 42 percent own a tablet computer. Time spent on mobile devices by the average American consumer currently hovers around 2 hours and 42 minutes per day. For many, much of that time is undoubtedly spent checking and responding to work-related emails. Do employers need to pay employees for time spent after hours reviewing and responding to work-related emails?
High-level corporate professionals are all too often exposed for lying on their resumes.
Usually, these lies and misrepresentations relate to falsified educational or professional accomplishments. For example, a person may claim a Master’s degree in a certain field, but it is discovered they didn’t earn it or obtained one from a phony mail order school. Or, perhaps the person claims to have been a VP of Sales for ten years, but it turns out it was a basic sales position that lasted only three years.
Same-sex issues and benefits are among the hottest topics in the employment area - with good reason. Employers are faced with an increasing amount of government oversight, investigation and frequent, sometimes, daily changes in what is required, what is optional, and what is prohibited. The consequences of these issues often go beyond just legal compliance, although that is a very important aspect.
If you hire temporary workers for the holiday season (full- or part-time), be sure to complete background checks as if they were applying for permanent positions. After all, even someone working three hours a day can cause irreparable damage to your business through theft, drug sales, workplace violence, harassment, etc. Certainly, you deserve to know if even a part-time worker with limited hours poses a threat to your business.
Michigan business entities, as well as individuals, may have significant known and unknown liability for use tax on purchases subject to the sales tax, but where payment of the sales tax cannot be proven. This is due to the Andrie Michigan Supreme Court use tax decision.
An employee handbook too often becomes a dusty tool that is relegated to a remote shelf. In fact, it is a vital communication channel for your employees. It’s best to realize that before you are sitting in your attorney’s office, trying to prepare a defense to a suit or claim and wishing that you had included or excluded statements in your employee handbook.
The first few weeks on the job cement an image of your company in the mind of your new employee. What do you want that image to be and who do you want to be crafting it? New employees will naturally seek out information to form an understanding of your corporate culture, how they fit into it and whether or not they made a good decision in coming to work for you.
The most significant component of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform) for large employers is set to take effect in 2015. Large employers, which generally means employers with 50 or more full-time employees and full-time employee equivalents, need to take immediate action in advance of the effective date.