Tag: Employee Benefits

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 […]

Where’s the Harm? Court Splits on Title VII Liability for Lateral Transfers

Recently, the influential U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Circuit ruled that denial of a lateral transfer request based on protected status is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 without proving additional harm, such as a change in pay or benefits. Though circuit courts are split […]

DOL Explains Expanding FMLA Leave to Care for Mental Health Conditions

We’ve all heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it comes to expectant mothers or for recovery from serious physical health conditions, such as heart attacks or surgeries. The application of FMLA protection for mental health conditions is more nuanced, however. Mental health conditions are increasing worldwide. According to the World Health […]

Employer-Provided Abortion, Travel Benefits: An Overview of Legal Considerations

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, many companies have announced plans to assist employees in accessing abortion services, including providing travel assistance to employees located in states where abortion is now illegal. There are important legal considerations for employers to weigh when considering whether […]

Out-of-the-Box Benefits To Boost Recruiting

When it comes to benefits, your business is likely already offering some obvious ones. Healthcare. Dental. Vision. All of these things are important, to be sure, but in today’s recruitment market, you may need to go above and beyond to recruit great employees to your company. The sky is the limit in terms of what […]

NYC Releases Guidance on New ‘Salary Transparency’ Law

The New York City Human Rights Commission (NYCHRC) recently released guidance about the city’s new law requiring “salary transparency” in job advertisements for employees, interns, domestic workers, and some independent contractors. The law takes effect on November 1, 2022. The guidance answered many, but not all, questions raised by the breadth of the legislation. Read […]

Tips on Tallying Up State Tax, Withholding Consequences of Remote Work

One of the most sweeping economic changes arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is the shift from in-person to remote working. Although many employees have returned to working on location again, factors indicate the labor market has evolved to accommodate remote workers more permanently. With the shift comes state tax and other employment […]

SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Raises Complex Policy Problems for Employers

A number of high-profile companies are speaking out against the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision overruling Roe v. Wade, and they are backing up their criticism by vowing to help employees wishing to travel for legal abortions. But employers taking such action may face tricky legal issues.

Want a Union Card with Your Latte? Labor Activity Starts Percolating at Starbucks

For some people, loyalty to a particular coffee brand rivals their devotion to a favorite college football team. Kathleen, my spouse, would crawl three miles over broken glass for her Starbucks Americano decaf. I favor QuikTrip and McDonald’s coffee. Within the last three months, employees at several Starbucks locations voted to unionize. Seem like isolated […]

That’s a Wrap on HR Employee Benefits Week 2022!

As HR Employee Benefits Week comes to a close, we want to look back at all the offering and events that transpired throughout this exciting event! Monday Feature Article | All Aboard: You Can’t Change Healthcare Unless Your Members Opt In Why do half the people who need healthcare opt out, choosing not to utilize their healthcare benefits? […]