Unique Will Provisions Everyone Should Consider

When it comes to wills, people can get rather creative – and sometimes vindictive – with their provisions. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry famously asked for his ashes to be sent into space. Shakespeare, perhaps confirming what was thought to be an unhappy marriage, left his wife their “second best bed.” A very lonely Portuguese […]

What Employers Should Know about Access to Employee Social Media Accounts

Whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, many employees are active on at least one social media network – maybe even all of them. But what happens when an employee’s personal social media use creates problems for an employer? What right, if any, does an employer have to access an employee’s social media accounts? […]

Tips for Addressing the New Overtime Rules in your Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently finalized sweeping changes to how overtime pay is calculated for salaried workers. Of most immediate concern to employers is that the new rule more than doubled the salary threshold for exempt employees. As of December 1, 2016, employees earning less than $47,476 a year, or $913 per week, […]

What Employers Should Know About New EEOC Equal Pay and Pregnancy Advisories

To coincide with June’s United State of Women Summit at the White House, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued several new fact sheets for employers. One addressed equal pay for women and two others covered pregnancy discrimination and accommodations. Taken together, they provide the latest EEOC positions on these important issues for employers. […]

Five Key Elements Every Severance Agreement Should Include

Letting an employee go is a difficult task for many employers. Whether it’s part of a layoff due to downsizing or an outright termination for cause, ending the employment relationship can be a stressful experience. In addition to often strained or hostile interactions with a departing employee, many employers also have concerns about the termination […]