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Health insurance
Aug 8, 2023

Rule proposed to improve mental health parity

The federal government is working to ensure that Americans have the same insurance coverage for mental health services as they do for physical health services. Late last month, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that aims to ensure health plans comply with the Mental Health Parity […]

Document archive
Aug 8, 2023

7 reasons to embrace a robust records retention program

Employers often ask, why do we need a records retention policy? It’s relatively cheap and easy to store everything electronically, and if you don’t have a retention policy you don’t have to deal with the headache of determining the retention period for every document you have. But in response, I explain that while it might […]

Empty office
Aug 8, 2023

The challenge of navigating big emotions in the workplace

“Nothing personal; it’s just business.” Otto Berman, an accountant for organized crime in America in the 1920s and 30s, coined that phrase. Regrettably, it has remained in the corporate vernacular for far too long. It’s time we banish that organizational ghost for good! When we invest in being human at work, our relationships are deeper […]

Employee being handed paycheck
Aug 1, 2023

Crackdown on illegal deductions, overtime violations continues

The U.S. Department of Labor has been cracking down on overtime violations and illegal deductions.

Department of Homeland Security sign
Aug 1, 2023

DHS announces new Form I-9 and remote process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has released a new version of Form I?9 for employment eligibility verification and a new process to conduct verification electronically.

U.S. Supreme Court building
Aug 1, 2023

Speech or conduct? Effects of website designer ruling uncertain

It’s too early to assess the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a Christian graphic artist who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples, according to some legal experts.

Liberty University in Lynchburg
Aug 1, 2023

Retirement comments not direct evidence of age bias

Even though a university dean and provost made comments about a professor’s retirement plans, those comments, without more, were not “direct evidence” of age discrimination.

U.S. Capitol
Jul 25, 2023

Three labor bills advance to Senate floor

A Senate panel has approved legislation seeking to address wage discrimination, sick leave, and collective bargaining rights.

Starbucks Coffee storefront
Jul 25, 2023

NLRB concludes Starbucks again violated labor laws

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Starbucks illegally hampered a worker from testifying at a board hearing. Per court documents, the company violated federal labor law by telling Seattle-area workers they couldn’t testify when subpoenaed unless they arranged coverage for their shifts and threatening discipline if they failed to secure a fill-in.

Meeting with employees
Jul 25, 2023

An employer’s guide to compassionate communication with employees

Facing the daunting task of downsizing one’s workforce can be an emotionally challenging experience. It is crucial for leaders to make well-informed decisions while considering the impacts on both departing and remaining employees. Outlined below are five high-level considerations that are intended to help guide employers through the difficult process of layoffs.

Commercial real estate construction project
Jul 25, 2023

Structuring a commercial real estate investment

As a commercial real estate lawyer, I understand that my clients often rely on their financial analysts and their projections, forecasts and assumptions to determine whether to invest in a real estate venture. Whether a lawyer or a nonlawyer, it is helpful to understand what real estate investors may look at when evaluating and structuring […]

Employees working in busy office
Jul 19, 2023

BYOD can complicate e-discovery

While BYOD, or bring your own device, can offer a number of benefits for employers, such as increased productivity, it also introduces new risks, particularly in the area of e-discovery.

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