The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, recently held a trial court erred in dismissing a Facebook employee’s claim he was turned down for a promotion based on his race. The case demonstrates why promotion decisions should be made according to clear, written guidelines […]
Supervisors might be tempted to retaliate against an employee who makes their job more difficult, such as an employee who complains of unsafe working conditions. Supervisory retaliation can lead to potential legal claims against your organization. Through training, you can help supervisors understand relevant federal and state laws, as well as the ramifications of violating […]
Question: I understand with the new FLSA regulations that “An employer may require an exempt employee to work more than 40 hours in a workweek without having to pay a premium for overtime hours.” Most of our employees are exempt, but currently we give them the option to be paid straight time for hours worked […]
Did a Maryland casino take a gamble by not paying those whom they termed as “trainees”? They sure did and ended up in court as a result. Their trainees alleged that they should have been paid for the time they spent attending a 12-week dealer training program offered by the casino.
While many (if not most) employers don’t need to worry about a physical fitness training program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) does. And recently, it had to defend differing standards in training between men and women. This raises an interesting and more inclusive question: can training be discriminatory?
By Richard J. Morgan, JD One of the challenging situations faced by HR professionals and the employers they work for is the differing standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Considering one of the laws without an analysis of the other and its effect on employment […]
In his 3-decade career with Bosch Rexroth, Mike Bryan has trained nearly 770 apprentices and continuously demonstrated his support for developing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills among the next generation of workers. His efforts were recently recognized by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC), which presented Bryan with its Trainer of the […]
Strong partnerships between employers, educational institutions, and local communities are essential for effective workforce training programs, according to a blog from the U.S. Commerce Department. Secretary Penny Pritzker had recently announced a strategic vision for the Department of Commerce, which includes a focus on ensuring that workers are prepared with the skills that employers need. […]
Woods is a shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina office of law firm Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC. His remarks came at BLR®’s annual National Employment Law Update. Employer’s Failure Allows FMLA Claim To Go Forward The Story: A newspaper receptionist, who was allegedly fired for violation of her employer’s attendance policy, had […]
By Reggie Gay Employers that need workers often find themselves inundated with applicants — especially in today’s down economy. Some employers have even resorted to limiting the applicant pool to currently employed individuals as a way of dealing with a deluge of resumes. But that can be a legally shaky strategy. Mastering HR Special Reports: […]