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Attorneys Warn of Most Common Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Errors

To avoid FLSA trouble, be careful of misclassifying employees, making improper deductions, denying breaks, and allowing nonexempts to work “off the clock.” Dell Computers built its success on operating numerous call centers, where customers could phone in and buy their systems direct from the manufacturer. Now the way Dell runs those centers is under attack. […]

Rhode Island joins states with ‘ban the box’ laws

by Timothy C. Cavazza Rhode Island’s new law prohibiting employers from asking on employment applications whether an applicant has ever been “convicted of a crime” takes effect on January 1. Despite the initial ban, employers are permitted to “ask an applicant for information about his or her criminal convictions at the first interview or thereafter, […]

IRS Defines Involuntary Termination for COBRA Subsidy Eligibility

The federal stimulus package contains a COBRA premium subsidy for employees who are “involuntarily terminated” between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently published guidance for employers on what an “involuntary termination” is for the purpose of determining which employees should be sent the required COBRA subsidy notices. […]

Employment Law Tip: Turning Leave Time into Help for Hurricane Victims

If you and your employees are looking for valuable ways to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, a new program launched by the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service may help you out. In particular, the agencies have announced a program for employees to donate leave in exchange for employer cash […]

Fact-based communication changes “good ol’ boy” behavior

Not too long ago, the board of directors of a well-known Fortune 200 corporation was out of ideas for how to deal with a difficult CEO. The problem: At a time when this company was trying to increase the diversity of its senior ranks — and serve an increasingly diverse customer base — people complained […]