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► Employment Laws Fail to Keep Up with Legalization of Marijuana and CBD

March 24, 2020

When I stand in the checkout line at our local Whole Foods, CBD products are within easy reach. If I buy the CBD ointment, could I run into any problems at work? Employers, Employees Alike Are Left in Vulnerable Position As states around the country continue to legalize marijuana and ...

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► State by State Analysis of UC Changes Due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Employers should be aware that many states have revised and expanded unemployment-benefits coverage for employees affected by coronavirus-related layoffs, shutdowns, and work-hour reductions. The following is a summary of changes to unemployment compensation by state due to COVID-19: Alabama. ...

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► Congress Passes Scaled Down Version of Coronavirus Paid Leave Bill

March 19, 2020

Changes in the plan to offer relief to workers affected by the spread of coronavirus/ COVID-19 have come fast and furious, but the House and Senate appear to have settled on revisions that mean at least some employers will have to provide paid leave to at least some employees. The weakened ...

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► Layoff, Furlough Notices Not to Be Forgotten During COVID-19 Crisis

March 17, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, employers nationwide were struggling to fill positions during a time of record-low unemployment. But seemingly in the blink of an eye, the economic news has turned to temporary shutdowns, mass layoffs, and talk of a recession that could put some employers out of business ...

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► Employers Exploring Paid Sick Leave Options as Coronavirus Spreads

March 16, 2020

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is sparking new calls for paid sick leave, and employers are beginning to heed the call. Public health experts urge people to stay away from work if they experience symptoms, but that means time without pay for many ...

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► Document Retention in Hiring

March 13, 2020

Documentation and file retention are major aspects of the hiring process. One of the primary reasons to keep hiring records on file is to have documents to use in your defense in case of a discrimination claim. Having documentation of your process and the candidates who were considered will ...

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► Trump Administration Moving Ahead on EEOC, NLRB Vacancies

March 11, 2020

The White House announcement of four nominees for positions on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) means the Trump administration is making progress filling agency posts, but even if all the new nominees are confirmed, the NLRB will ...

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► Reality Check: Is Your Independent Contractor an Employee in Disguise?

February 25, 2020

The traditional lines between contractors and employees are fading fast as outsourcing continues to gain popularity. The “gig” economy leads people to pursue freelance careers, working several jobs or maintaining a “side hustle.” Technological advancements allow more ...

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► Preventing Workplace Violence: How Can Employers Help?

February 20, 2020

Preventing workplace violence is a high priority. Obviously, no one wants an unsafe workplace. While there’s no way to ensure violence never happens, there is a lot employers can do to try to prevent workplace violence from occurring. Remember that workplace violence encompasses more ...

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► The Pros and Cons of Unlimited PTO

February 19, 2020

Salary, bonuses, and other compensation-based incentives will always be important for the workforce. But increasingly, work/life balance is a key factor for workers considering their employment options, as well. Over half of employees wish their companies offered more flexible work options . ...

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