Blog

Blog

Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick and Safe Leave Frequently Asked Questions
July 17, 2017
On July 1, 2017, both the Minneapolis and the St. Paul sick and safe time ordinances went into effect. Currently, both Ordinances only affect employers and employees who work within the city boundaries. However, as currently written, the Minneapolis ordinance has the potential to include employers located outside of Minneapolis who have employees working in Minneapolis.
Read More >

Update: New York City Freelancer Rules to Take Effect July 24
July 14, 2017
As we advised you in our client advisory dated November 17, 2016, the New York City Council passed a law imposing requirements on businesses and individuals who retain the services of freelance workers as independent contractors, which took effect on May 15, 2017.
Read More >

The Government Seems Confused About Class Action Waivers
July 13, 2017
The issue of whether employees can be required to sign arbitration agreements that contain waivers of their right to file a class or collective action over employment-related disputes is one that has drawn much attention – and much conflict – in recent years.
Read More >

Should You Conduct an I-9 Audit?
July 12, 2017
Pull three I-9 forms out of your I-9 file.  Now take a careful look at them.  Is every section that needs to be completed fully and accurately completed?
Read More >

Overtime Rule Salary Threshold is Dead But Issue is Not
July 6, 2017
Last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) under the Obama administration promulgated a rule that increased the salary threshold a worker must make to qualify as exempt from overtime from $455/week to $913/week ($47,476 per year). Businesses and states successfully challenged the rule as exceeding DOL’s authority and a Texas court blocked the rule just days before the new rule was to go into effect.
Read More >

Second Minimum Wage Increase for Oregon Employees Went Into Effect 1st of July
July 5, 2017
In March 2016, Oregon enacted a geographically-tiered minimum wage hike. The first increase went into effect last year. The second increase went into effect on July 1, 2017. Scheduled annual minimum wage increases will continue through 2022.
Read More >

Will Private Employees Have the Option of Comp Time?
June 30, 2017
In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) implemented basic wage and hour protections in the form of a 40-hour standard workweek and employee entitlement to one-and-a-half times their regular rate for hours worked beyond that.  What the FLSA does not touch, however, is a subject that both employers and employees care about almost as much as compensation: paid time off.
Read More >

Marijuana Sows Confusion For Employers
June 30, 2017
As we roll into the holiday, there are two sets of potentially confusing marijuana stories in the air. The Bullard Edge will help you make sense of these concerning stories.
Read More >

Goalie Intentionally Allows A Goal, Lawyer Declines Coffee, And Other Situations Implicating Our Ability To Make Ethical Decisions
June 29, 2017
Today we want to switch it up a bit and spend a few minutes thinking about ethics: the exercise of discretion where there is a legal right —but no legal mandate— to take some action.  We believe that this has relevance in workplace.
Read More >

Be Careful About Waiving the Attorney-Client Privilege
June 29, 2017
Clients call me for advice on how to handle sticky situations with employees – that’s a major part of my job. And they know that our communications are subject to the sacred attorney-client privilege. But what companies need to understand is that this privilege might be waived by its corporate management, including officers and directors.
Read More >

Modified “Travel Ban” Becomes Effective on June 29: What Clients Need to Know
June 29, 2017
As many who have been following recent news and our alerts are aware, the Supreme Court on Monday partially stayed injunctions by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked the revised version of President Trump’s travel ban from becoming effective.
Read More >

A Review of the Supreme Court's 2016-2017 Term
June 28, 2017
This year's Supreme Court term may be more memorable for the intrigue and political drama taking place outside the Court than the import of the decisions the Court issued.
Read More >

Tweets Follow

Oct 16

New #SHRM Federal Court Report: EEOC’s Investigative Authority Continues After Case Otherwise Resolved. https://t.co/0tGhAvfchi

Oct 16

New #SHRM Federal Court Report: Employee Who Did Not Respond to Employer Loses ADA, FMLA Claims. https://t.co/De04euFZBx

Oct 04

October Immigration Update: H-1B premium processing, new interview requirements, and I-9 update. https://t.co/L6rojItPsz