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Tech Support - The FLSA's Specialized Exemption

Nexsen Pruet • October 23, 2014
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides several exemptions from overtime requirements for employees whose job duties meet specific tests. Most employers are familiar with the standard “white- collar” exemptions – including the “executive” and “administrative” exemptions – and the job duties and “salary basis” tests required to satisfy those exemptions.

Six Myths about Data Privacy and Security that Professional Employer Organizations Should Skip

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 23, 2014
Data breaches and compliance failures threaten company reputation and put individuals’ personal identities, finances, and medical information in jeopardy. In the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, where companies providing PEO or other human resource outsourcing services typically work with personal information of their employees as well as that of their customers’ employees, persistent myths can inhibit appropriate action. This article debunks some of those myths and encourages companies to take action.

The Value of Schmoozing in the Age of Social Media

Knowledge@Wharton (Reg Required) • October 23, 2014
Research by McKinsey and Company shows that more than half of all firms use some form of social media to enable employees to collaborate and exchange information.

DOL Backs Paid Leave Push in 3 States, D.C. with $500,000 Grant

Franczek Radelet P.C • October 23, 2014
Recently, we detailed the efforts to push for paid sick leave by state and local governments in light of California’s passage of a statewide paid leave law. Soon after our post, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles posted an entry on the DOL’s official “Work in Progress” blog, advocating for broader paid family leave across the country. Lyle notes that the United States remains the only industrialized nation without paid family leave. The post included data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and offered arguments in support of paid leave.

Court Determines that Employer's FMLA Notice Sent by Email is Not Reliable (Sending Employer World into Tizzy)

Franczek Radelet P.C • October 22, 2014
We have a mini-FMLA crisis on our hands this week, and the courts are to blame. This issue involves the FMLA notices that employers send to employees, but more importantly, the delivery route in which they send them.

States Now Paying the Piper for Recession-Driven Increase In Unemployment Insurance Benefits – How Did We Get Here?

Brody and Associates, LLC • October 22, 2014
Unemployment insurance continues to be front and center in the news. Commentators discuss: the legislation pending in Washington D.C. to extend long-term benefits; changes in state and federal unemployment law; and the rise of unemployment rates across the country. How did everything get so out of control? Here is an overview of how we got here and where we seem to be going.

Ebola Virus: Frequently Asked Questions

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 22, 2014
Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Ebola Resource Center

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 22, 2014
Fisher & Phillips is monitoring the Ebola situation and will be updating the resource center on a regular basis. The materials on this page have been generated from Fisher & Phillips attorneys and other reliable sources to address the rising concerns of employers regarding the Ebola outbreak. Click on any of the links below to learn more.

Ebola and the Evolution of Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations

Ogletree Deakins • October 22, 2014
The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is evolving in ways that could not have been foreseen, as a collective brain trust of medical experts and front line workers push for modifications of PPE guidelines to wall off any potential exposure to the Ebola virus.

Laying a Foundation for Diversity & Inclusion: A Case Study

Ogletree Deakins • October 22, 2014
In a previous interview, Michelle P. Wimes, Esq., the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins, identified challenges that diversity initiatives face and how to overcome them. Here, she describes how she laid a foundation for a successful diversity and inclusion program.