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Coast to coast, municipalities are gaining notoriety for passing various labor and employment laws (known as ordinances), from the sick leave laws enacted in Jersey City and New York City to the $15 per hour  minimum wage law adopted in Sea-Tac, Washington.  Increasingly, local governments are passing laws which are very different than the existing state or […]

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With Spate of New Laws, HR is Due for a Checkup

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on January 29, 2014

Now that 2014 is here, many new laws are going into effect on the federal, state, and local levels.  Employers must face the challenge of ensuring they recognize new laws exist and ensure compliance.  From minimum wage increases in several states (including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island) to implementation of the Affordable […]

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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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