DOL Proposes Changes for Calculating Overtime

By Allen Smith, J.D. March 28, 2019 On March 28, for the first time in 50 years, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changing the definition of the “regular rate” of pay—the building block for calculating overtime. If the planned exclusions from the regular rate are adopted, employers may pay less in overtime than plaintiffs’ attorneys …read more

Be Precise About Essential Job Functions

Accurate job descriptions can carry the day for employers in court By Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella March 28, 2019 According to Pharmajet Blog, a surprising number of pharmacists suffer from trypanophobia—the fear of giving injections, which most in their profession have to do these days during flu season. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally does not …read more

EEOC: Retaliation Makes Up Almost Half of Discrimination Charges

Retaliation, race and disability were the most common workplace discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Retaliation, which topped the list, occurs when employers treat some people less favorably than others. That includes job applicants, employees, former employees or those closely associated with those people for: Reporting …read more

Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive

6.19.17 It’s a news headline we’ve see too often, including several times in recent weeks: another disgruntled employee or former employee has entered the workplace and killed or injured coworkers. What can you do to minimize the chances that your workplace will suffer such a tragedy? Employers Should Avoid “Wait-And-See” Approach Often the employee assailant …read more