Archive for 'Tips of the Month'

Workplace Bullying – Are You a Bully; Are Your Managers?

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on December 18, 2013

Workplace bullying is the cause célèbre and growing.  The recent fiasco involving Miami Dolphins players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is just one example.  Incognito allegedly coordinated a prank sending hundreds of insulting, threatening, and racist text messages to Martin.  Some suggested coaches told Incognito to “toughen Martin up” and these actions were Incognito’s way […]

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The end of the year is a great time to show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work.  However, where employees are consuming alcohol, relaxing, and interacting with each other outside their normal workplace environment, inappropriate behavior can occur.  Each year, employers are found liable for employee misbehavior that happens at these parties.  […]

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Are Your “Outside Sales” Employees Still “Outside”?

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on October 25, 2013

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs minimum wage and overtime requirements, has an exemption for employees engaged in “outside sales.”  To be exempt, the employee must, among other requirements, “be customarily and regularly engaged away from the employer’s place or places of business.”  Some employers are discovering that due to budget cutbacks and […]

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Under a new section of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), employers subject to FLSA (which is almost all employers) must provide employees with notice of coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  In other words, employers must announce what insurance plans are available and […]

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I-9s – The Mandatory Form Some Employers Overlook

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on July 31, 2013

In the maze of state, federal, and local regulations, some obligations may simply be overlooked.  Although employers have been responsible for verifying all employees’ work eligibility since 1986, even some sophisticated employers have recently told us they are unfamiliar with their obligation to complete this process.  As the federal government ramps up enforcement efforts, if […]

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