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New York District Court Denies Conditional Certification of Second FLSA Collective Action

Because of the low standard employed by many courts, decisions denying conditional certification in FLSA cases are generally in the minority, but some careful courts will continue to make such decisions. A recent case is...more

What is going on with STEM OPT?

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision....more

The Necessary Ingredient to Compliance Success: Interpersonal Skills

We always bandy the phrase around of “people skills,” or the old trendy phrase of “emotional intelligence.” Hopefully, this posting can create some ideas around new approaches to these old concepts and trendy terminology....more

Can Employees Trust Human Resources?

After the initial NYT story ran, saying the workplace at Amazon is cutthroat — still uses “forced rankings” and even encourages employees to secretly bad-mouth each other to their bosses, has employees who break down in tears...more

BNY Mellon and Lessons Learned In Hiring Family Members – Part II

In yesterday’s post I reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) around its hiring of sons and...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects “Manager Rule” in Title VII Cases

In an important recent decision, DeMasters v. Carilion Clinic, the Fourth Circuit determined that the so-called “manager rule” exception to federal anti-retaliation laws does not apply to employment cases filed under Title...more

New Netflix Original: “Unlimited” Parental Leave

Netflix, a pioneer in on-demand internet streaming, is well-known for its “Netflix Original” series—and has recently added “unlimited” parental leave to its line-up. On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Netflix announced a new...more

Why is it So ($&#%*!) to Hard to Hire People in Compliance?

Maurice Gilbert, head of Conselium Executive Search, the leading executive search firm for compliance professionals, has written a fascinating piece on the difficulty in hiring compliance professionals. He was gracious...more

Why Is It So Hard to Hire People in Compliance?

Ed. Note-I recently asked Maurice Gilbert, founder and CEO of Conselium Executive Search if he would share some thoughts as to why and how a company should use an executive search firm when recruiting a C-Suite level...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #2

Pay was the big deal last week. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve the CEO Pay Ratio Rule. The new rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officer’s...more

SEC Finalizes Rules Regarding Disclosure of CEO Pay Ratio—What They Require, What to Do and What’s Next

In yet another divisive 3-2 vote along party lines, on August 6, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules requiring public companies (other than emerging-growth companies, smaller reporting...more

What Every Company’s Board Must Know About Cybersecurity

In recent years, data breaches at some of the world’s largest corporations have made news. But smaller companies are just as vulnerable, and must take steps to protect their data. In addition, businesses that serve as vendors...more

That is SO last week - August 2015

Last week, the world mourned Cecil the Lion, and all eyes were on the Minnesota dentist who killed him. The scrutiny of the dentist unearthed, among other things, a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him by a former...more

An HR Challenge: Finding and Fixing Overtime Misclassifications in 4 Steps

In light of the United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) June 30, 2015 report and proposed amendments to the salary portion of the ‘white collar’ exemptions that would more than double the minimum salary of those exempt...more

By the Numbers: The Summer of Employment Law

There’s no doubt that this summer is keeping human resources professionals and employment lawyers hopping. With new proposed rules on overtime, benefit coverage for married same-sex couples, a few birthdays, and ongoing data...more

Immigration Update: Precedent Decision Impacts H-1B Workers & Employers

USCIS has issued a final guidance memorandum in regards to the precedent AAO decision in the Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. Per the Simeio decision, an amended H-1B petition must filed with USCIS when there is a material...more

10 Tips for Minimizing Company Liability for Terminating Employees who Steal Trade Secrets

When your company uncovers evidence that an employee misappropriated trade secrets it must act swiftly. The company may want to fire the employee to protect itself from the potentially devastating consequences. But how can...more

Do Discharges Resulting From a Career Planning Program Amount to Group Termination Under the OWBPA?

In Barnes v. The Hershey Company, No. 3:12-cv-01334, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment to an employer on the age claims brought by several...more

Smartphones & Smart Employers: Device Policies Enable Businesses To Safely Embrace Technology

Employers who don’t think they need a bring-your-own-device policy should consider this: Nearly 70 percent of millennials and 31 percent of baby boomers surveyed last year by TrackVia admitted to using their own devices and...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS update on EAD for DACA recipients

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently shared important information for DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015. These recipients likely received...more

HR Has More Important Things To Do

On Tuesday, Salon published an article titled “5 Ways Corporate HR Departments Monitor Your Movements – Even When You’re Not Working.” Because we’re always interested in the subject of employee monitoring, we eagerly clicked...more

The Top 7 Concerns for Employee Benefits Administrators

For years, employers have been getting a free pass from the courts for a number of different violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") relating to the operation of retirement, medical,...more

HR Now. More Big Issues…

Our blog on HR Now. The Big Issues has generated much discussion amongst our clients. They have told us about several other issues on their minds...more

The DOL’s New Proposed Overtime Rules and Part-Time White Collar Employees: Can the Fluctuating Workweek Method Solve the Problem?

The big questions often have surprisingly simple solutions, staring right back at us: - If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Sound exists as a mechanical wave of pressure,...more

Misclassification in the Cross-Hairs: DOL Issues new Interpretive Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor has been busy of late. Fresh off of issuing a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing major changes to overtime exemptions (as summarized by HRLegalist), DOL Administrator David Weil has...more

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