The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is an opportunity to close skills gaps by hiring workers who are often overlooked: people with disabilities, those with criminal histories, veterans and the long-term unemployed. Employers can get a tax credit of between $1,200 and $9,600, depending, to offset the hiring costs of members of the targeted groups.
Non-compete agreements keep employees from competing with the company for a period of time after their employment ends. Non-solicitation agreements can prohibit soliciting former co-workers or former clients on behalf of a new company for a specified period.
Under federal law, employers are generally required to provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities or religious requirements. But what should my company do when an employee asks for one?
What are some of the top risks for liability employers are facing in 2020? Recently, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society held an annual conference where panelists discussed what risks are newly emerging in the industry. After all, who would know more about emerging employment law risks than the companies that insure employers?
Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's CEO since 2015, has been ousted by the board of directors after admitting to engaging in an allegedly consensual relationship with a subordinate. McDonald's, which has suffered from accusations of sexual harassment against many of its franchisees, has a policy forbidding managers from having any romantic relationship with a subordinate, direct or indirect.
When credible allegations of sexual harassment or other misconduct are made against a top executive, companies need to take them seriously. If someone files a lawsuit, one thing the courts will consider is whether the company made a reasonable effort to investigate and correct the problem. If it did not, the company could be found liable and be forced to pay damages. It could also be a PR nightmare.
We've all heard of the gender pay gap, but what about the racial pay gap? You may know that, in 2017, American women earned about 80.5 cents for each dollar earned by similarly situated men. Far fewer people are aware of the pay disparity between whites and African-Americans and Hispanics.
In a 2015 case involving Browning-Ferris Industries Inc., the National Labor Relations Board revised its standard for determining when two or more organizations are considered joint employers for the purposes of federal labor and employment law. When companies that are otherwise considered employers "share or codetermine those matters governing the essential terms and conditions of employment," the board held, those companies are both liable for employment-related issues.
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.
The Trump administration's priority for the Department of Labor has been to eliminate regulations thought too costly for businesses to bear. In particular, the administration promised to change how wage and hour law is regulated in the U.S.