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Law and Your Workplace: Navigating the Complex Web of Employment Law

Calling All California Employers – Are Your Independent Contractors Properly Classified?

Y. Angela Lam By Y. Angela Lam, on 06/8/18
Filed As: Wage and Hour Law

It is time to revisit your independent contractors’ classification. 

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Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements – The Supreme Court’s Epic Decision

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 06/1/18
Filed As: Wage and Hour Law

On May 21, the Supreme Court decided a trio of cases consolidated as Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, holding that employers may include class- and collective-action waivers in arbitration agreements with their employees.

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Be Careful with Job Postings in the 7th Circuit: Considerations in light of Kleber v. Carefusion Corporation

Gina LiVolsi By Gina LiVolsi, on 05/25/18
Filed As: Employment Counseling: Best Practices

As a way to screen perceived overqualified applicants from applying for an open position, employers sometimes put experience caps on job postings.  But be careful.  While this is a seemingly neutral practice, it could put your company at risk.

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Document, Document, Document!

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 05/18/18
Filed As: Employment Counseling: Best Practices

Any time you decide to terminate an employee, it’s critical that you locate and preserve the evidence you relied upon in making that decision. You never know – it just might save you a few million down the road.

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Tips for Effective Discrimination and Harassment Training

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 05/11/18
Filed As: Employment Counseling: Best Practices

Okay… so since reading last week’s post, you’ve reviewed your employee handbook and updated your anti-discrimination and harassment policies.  What now?

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In the #MeToo Era, It’s Time to Review Your Sexual Harassment Policy

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 05/4/18
Filed As: Employment Counseling: Best Practices

Workplace harassment has risen to the front and center of our national conversation.  You should be assured that your employees are listening.

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FMLA Medical Certifications: What If My Employee Does Not Return the Form?

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 04/27/18
Filed As: Employee Leave

Generally speaking, if you issue an employee FMLA paperwork and they refuse to return a certification to you, you’ll want to address this noncompliance.

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The Revival of FLSA Opinion Letters from the USDOL

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 04/20/18
Filed As: Wage and Hour Law

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued its first opinion letters in nearly a decade this past Thursday.  Opinion letters contain meaningful compliance assistance from the Department of Labor, and are responses to real-world questions posed by employers to the DOL. 

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LaPointe Law – 5 Years and Counting

Martin LaPointe By Martin LaPointe, on 04/13/18
Filed As: Uncategorized

Tuesday was our Firm’s 5-year anniversary.  And of course, what would an anniversary be without the well-worn pronouncement about how the time has flown by. 

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The High Stakes of Wage and Hour Litigation

David E. Stevens By David E. Stevens, on 04/6/18
Filed As: Wage and Hour Law

Wage and Hour issues present among the highest risks of litigation to any employer.  But as we’ve said before, “sometimes it’s costly to be correct.” You might want to sit down for this one.

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