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. […]

Tips for Preventing Gender Identity Discrimination in the Workplace

States around the country have introduced laws addressing the issue of gender identity and access to public bathrooms, highlighting the discrimination to which transgender and gender-non-conforming individuals are subjected in the United States. Such biases occur on the job, too, and employers must be aware of their responsibilities to ensure a safe, non-discriminatory workplace for […]

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 […]

Temporary or Not: Contract Workers Are Still Employees for Discrimination Purposes

In our freelance economy, organizations have a great deal of flexibility and freedom when it comes to managing their workforces, with more and more organizations utilizing staffing agencies and contract workers for temporary, short-term, or project-based assignments. That flexibility and freedom, however, does not protect an organization from discrimination claims. As far as employment is […]