Most companies are familiar with the great amount of publicity and litigation involving the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors.  But companies may not be aware of a rarely publicized concern, the concern being that under the companies' policies, employees are entitled to various benefits, such as healthcare coverage and...
At least seven Democratic candidates for President have cosponsored The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill introduced on May 2, 2019 in the Senate by Patty Murray (Wash.) and in the House by Bobby Scott (VA.).  Among other things, the bill would do the following: 1.      The NLRB could fine employers as well as all...
Employee protests at technology companies have gone beyond common employee issues and expanded to important company business decisions.  As workforces become more skilled and unemployment drops, certain industries have become more tolerant of outspoken employees.  Over the last year, workers have protested at companies over military contracting,...
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on February 8, 2019, that they were 20 major work stoppages in 2018 that involved almost one-half million U.S. workers.  The total number of workers who participated was the highest since 1986.  There were actually 167 total work stoppages, with major work stoppages defined as those involving 1,000 or mor...
The courts have been in conflict in recent years as to whether gay and transgender people are protected from discrimination on the job, an issue the Supreme Court agreed to review on April 22, 2019.  Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits job discrimination because of "sex."  The traditional interpretation of Title VII does not expand ...
Social Security "no-match" letters generate a great deal of concern in the employer community as to how to handle such issues.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has in the past taken the position that receipt of one of these notifications creates an affirmative duty to investigate and potentially take action, at least to avoid a potential fi...

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