Tag: compliance

New Year, Updated Handbook

Welcome to the new year! Now is a good time to review, revise, and update your employee handbooks to ensure legal compliance. Why? Handbooks that are out of date, have inaccurate information about current laws, or are poorly written will do more harm than good. If you don’t have an employee handbook, it’s time to […]

Best of Learning & Development 2022

Learning and development has always been a staple in the world of human resources, and it’s growing ever-more important. Nearly 75% of leaders believe that L&D has become more influential over the past year. This comes as no surprise, as 76% of employees say they’re more likely to stay at a job that offers continuous […]

The Gig Is Up: Uber Agrees to Pay $100 Million in Dispute Over Drivers’ Employment Status

There’s a growing tendency for workers to request mobility in the labor market. Coupled with this is a growing tendency for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. This phenomenon has been dubbed a “gig” economy. Recently, Uber agreed to pay $100 million to the state of New Jersey to settle a […]

Missing Magic Contract Language Aces Party Out of $1.2 Million

Words matter, and they matter a lot. Or as someone remarked (and I’m paraphrasing), “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between a lightning bolt and a lightning bug.” Here’s a case from Houston that reminds us about this lesson.

Companies Report Rise in Labor and Employment Class Actions

Aggressive regulatory action and an increase in workplace safety claims, including many related to the COVID-19 pandemic, have fueled a rise in labor and employment (L&E) collective claims, including “follow-on” class actions, according to Carlton Fields’ 2022 class action survey. 

Customer Contact Info May Be Trade Secret, Georgia Federal Court Rules

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recently decided a case involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants after a former employee took a customer contact list with him when he left to work with a competitor. The court’s ruling serves as an important reminder for employers.

Are Your Background Checks in Compliance?

Recruitment, while necessary, comes with a degree of risk. Employment screening programs are often used to decrease this possibility. In a survey conducted by the Professional Background Screening Association, 75% of employers use background checks to protect their employees and customers, 52% use them to improve the quality of their hires, and 41% use them […]