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December 2018 Archives

How To Keep A Written Warning From Sparking Confusion And Litigation

Written warnings are meant to document inappropriate behavior or performance issues, creating a record that can be referred to later or ultimately used to justify termination.

Lesson From CBS's Firing Of Dushku: Pay Attention To The Evidence

After actor Eliza Dushku complained of sexual harassment on the set of the TV show "Bull," CBS fired her. Moreover, according to a draft internal investigation report, a network lawyer released outtakes from the show in an attempt to discredit Dushku.

DOL Expected To Clarify How FLSA Overtime Rates Are Determined

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees are entitled to the premium overtime rate of 1-1/2 times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked past 40 in a single workweek. The regular rate of pay is determined by adding up all earnings, including non-discretionary bonuses and some other payments, and dividing by the number of hours worked.

Are Your Employees Checking Their Email At Home? Be Careful.

Whether surfing the web on their smartphones or checking their email on their laptops, people today are more connected than ever. But, while these devices have certainly made life much easier in many respects, they have also helped blur the lines when it comes to whether a person is considered "working" under the law -- and whether this person is therefore entitled to overtime pay.

New Hatch Act Guidance Limits Federal Workers From Certain Speech

Federal employees are prohibited from undertaking partisan political activity while on duty, in the federal workplace or when invoking official authority. This is due to the Hatch Act, a 1939 law aimed at preventing undue interference in elections by federal employees. Bribery, intimidation and coercion of campaign contributions are prohibited by the Act, for example -- as is the use of federal resources for certain political activities, such as campaigning for a particular candidate or party.

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