Bad Tweets: Social Media and the Workplace

On a Tuesday afternoon in February, The New York Times proudly announced it had hired journalist Quinn Norton, a “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.” A blog post by Norton soon followed. She said those … Continued

How the New Tax Law Impacts Employee Benefits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes some significant changes to employee benefits which may cause employers to rethink their compensation plans. The Act limits the deductions employers can claim for employee benefits. Previously, employee transportation benefit programs … Continued

Minimum Wage Update

With the federal minimum wage rate stagnating at $7.25 since 2009, more states and local governments are passing laws to raise the minimum wage in their respective jurisdictions. The District of Columbia and 29 states provide a higher minimum wage … Continued

Sexual Harassment: Limiting Employer Liability

With the tumble of highly visible claims of sexual harassment and the recent “me too” environment, employers in all industries are double-checking their risk management efforts to ensure best practices. In claims involving hostile work environment harassment without an adverse … Continued

When Does a Workplace Issue Require Legal Advice?

Both businesses and employees ask us at times to take the lead in workplace intercommunications. Their thought is that if we just “send a letter,” are mentioned in or copied on a letter or email, or make an appearance at … Continued

Military Leave: What is the Employer’s Obligation?

With Reserve members being deployed to respond to recent natural disasters, we have been fielding questions about uniformed service members’ employment rights. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) protects civilian job rights for veterans and … Continued

2017 Hurricane Season: Legal Implications for Employers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that the 2017 hurricane season will be even worse than predicted. An employer’s navigation of hurricane fallout can have a lasting impact on its business operations, reputation, and employees. In preparation, the … Continued

Why Size Matters In Employment Law

Most employment laws apply only to employers with at least a minimum number of employees. For instance, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to employers with at least 50 employees. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies … Continued

Severance Agreements: What To Include And Exclude

When an employee is involuntarily separated from employment, a severance agreement can provide a graceful exit. However, if the agreement is not properly drafted, it can create additional problems resulting in litigation over the very words chosen. Here are a … Continued