California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has made multiple attempts to reduce workers’ compensation costs to employers and to improve compensation paid to workers. One persistent obstacle to cost containment is fraud, and the DIR has poured considerable resources into combating fraudulent worker claims, premium fraud, and most recently, provider fraud. In January, the DIR […]
Federal government enforcement lawsuits brought by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)—including those centered on Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations—continued at an aggressive pace in 2016 but were less effective in terms of number of filings and recoveries when compared with previous years, according to annual report on workplace class action litigation.
While promising that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will retain its core values, President Trump’s pick for acting chair told employers Thursday that the commission will, at the president’s direction, focus on job growth.
Variable work scheduling practices such as call-in shifts and on-call arrangements create some gray areas in terms of what is considered “work” time that therefore needs to be compensated. As a result of these gray areas, as well as complaints from employees who have variable work schedules, various pieces of legislation have been introduced—and litigation […]
A federal district court judge said January 3 that he won’t halt proceedings in the case challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules, despite concurrent litigation in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Firing an employee is never an easy task, no matter how well documented the problem is, and no matter how well thought out the decision has been. It’s a decision that comes with high emotions on all sides. Firing an employee can cause stress for everyone involved, not just for the individual being fired. Many […]
By Jeffrey M. Larroca, member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Perhaps one of the most powerful men in media, former Fox News Chair Roger Ailes, recently departed the network after a lawsuit was filed that included allegations he made sexual advances towards former FOX News host Gretchen Carlson, called her a “man hater,” […]
Yesterday we looked at a recent report that showed how many employers are waiting to prepare for the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulations. Today, we’ll look at what the implications of waiting might be.
The HR Daily Advisor was recently at the 2016 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington D.C.! Yesterday we heard about the problems that bad employees create from Greg Hare, an employment lawyer at Ogletree Deakins Law Firm in Atlanta, GA. Today, some advice on what to do about them.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 22 that the use of statistical evidence to create a class action lawsuit against Tyson Foods was proper, an action that may make it easier for employees in certain situations to band together to sue their employers rather than suing as individuals. The Court ruled 6-2 in Tyson Foods […]