“Data, data everywhere and not a thought to think” is a quote that has been attributed to John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University. It’s a sentiment that is increasingly apt. We are surrounded by data of all kinds these days—so much data that making sense of them can be increasingly difficult.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 brings up a host of concerns for employers as you focus on keeping employees safe and business on track. Not to be forgotten are the laws that may be implicated as the situation develops.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) withdrew a proposed rule that would have required health plans, including employer group health plans, to certify compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transaction standards or face potentially stiff penalties.
As employers are well aware, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take leave for qualifying serious health conditions. In a recent decision, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Connecticut, New York, and Vermont—highlighted the need for employers to be more inquisitive—and perhaps more expansive—when determining whether a condition […]
Are certain classes of your employees routinely working overtime? If so, are they properly classified as exempt or nonexempt? Wage and hour class actions continue to be large thorns in the sides of many employers, and this recent decision serves as a good reminder of how critical it is for you to review your overtime […]
A recent survey has found that although the national unemployment rate is cited at a low 4.4% (June 2017) by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1 in 4 Americans report that they are looking for a job.
A new report on cybersecurity has found that when it comes to cyber threats and attacks, companies are shifting from a technology focus and a defensive mindset to process improvement and a proactive approach.
Question: We have an employee who we are fairly certain is falsifying her doctor’s notes. Are we legally allowed to contact the doctor’s office to verify the notes are indeed legitimate?
Question: We have an employee who is currently on FMLA leave has a brain tumor. She has been cleared by her doctor to return to work part time. Can we ask the employee to sign a waiver in case anything happens to her while at work? Answer from the experts at HR.BLR.com:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) recently concluded that the right to control, rather than actual control, is the key factor in differentiating employees from independent contractors under a state wage and hour law.