November 2017 Archives

Dealing with the abuse of medical leave

As an employer, you will undoubtedly have had to deal with many occasions of employees taking an excessive amount of medical leave, leading you to suspect that they were abusing the system. Of course employees have the right to stay at home and recover when they are sick, but believing that your company may be suffering due to those who are abusing their right to sick leave can be concerning.

Preventing discrimination lawsuits is crucial

There is a heightened awareness of discrimination in the workplace, and people are more informed than ever about what counts as harassment, exploitation or discrimination. Every workplace faces a risk of becoming a place where such behavior occurs, because employers simply cannot control the actions of all of their employees. However, when these instances do occur, it can be extremely detrimental to the company in question because it is costly, diminishes morale, and can generate negative publicity which can damage the business' reputation. The following are some key ways to prevent a discrimination lawsuit being raised at your company.

Is tip sharing illegal?

When you are working in a bar or restaurant, the tips that you make from high quality customer service are likely to be what you depend on in order to pay your rent. Therefore, you will put a lot of effort into ensuring that your customers have a great experience. But when your hard-earned tips are being pooled and shared with other members of staff, you might feel like you have been short-changed. Here's a short overview of the legalities of tip pooling and what you can do about it.

Avoiding overtime lawsuits in Pennsylvania

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has a set of guidelines for employers. One of these is demanding that employers categorize their employees as either exempt or nonexempt from the FLSA's overtime pay. The common and dangerous mistake that employers make is misclassifying their employees as exempt from the Overtime Labor Law. In doing this, employees can bring about a lawsuit and reclaim up to three times their normal hourly rate for the overtime that they were not paid enough for.

What employers must know about the Family and Medical Leave Act

Most people, at some point in their lives, encounter a medical problem or need to take time off work because of demands from the family. Therefore, as an employer, you will have to deal with the issues that relate to employee rights and the subjects raised in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).