April 10, 2018
Following the April 3, 2018 YouTube workplace violence tragedy, many news sources reported that there were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, the most recent workplace homicide statistic from the Bureau of Labor Statistic.
January 10, 2018
On January 5, 2018, the United States Department of Labor announced that, going forward, it would utilize the “primary beneficiary” test for determining whether interns are employees under the FLSA, consistent with recent rulings from appellate courts.
September 19, 2017
There are several ways that employers can keep their unemployment insurance (UI) tax rate down. First, it is beneficial to learn how the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (“SCDEW”) determines the employer’s experience for tax rate assignment.
August 30, 2017
The ruling in the AARP v. EEOC case may be detrimental to employers and their healthcare plans because the EEOC may either reduce the percentage of its allowable inducement (or penalty) below 30% of the employee cost for participation in any employer-sponsored “wellness” program to be considered voluntary or possibly return to its former position that any reward or penalty renders participation involuntary.
August 24, 2017
This blog has previously covered the potential pitfalls of classifying workers as independent contractors. While classifying a worker as a “1099” offers many potential benefits on the business side, it can expose the company to significant tax liability, statutory penalties, and monetary damages.
August 15, 2017
Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form.
July 26, 2017
David Donovan of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly posted an article, “The Pence Policy: Male-Female Interaction Rule May Have Pitfalls for Employers”, which addresses how Vice President Pence’s policy to never eat alone with a woman other than his wife might disadvantage women if the policy was employed in the workplace because of lost mentoring or career-advancement opportunities.
September 21, 2016
South Carolina is one of 21 states that have joined in a federal lawsuit filed in Texas contending that the “President is trying to rewrite [the Fair Labor Standards Act].” To recap, the rule in question is actually an amendment to the FLSA’s salary basis test increasing the minimum salary amount for exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476 annually.
August 08, 2016
We have closely monitored and continued to receive inquiries regarding the new rules that will take effect on December 1, 2016, regarding who is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules.
May 18, 2016
After much anticipation (as discussed previously on our blog here), the final rule regarding the salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative, professional and outside sales and computer employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act was announced today.
February 23, 2016
As we move into the new year, it is a good time to review your employee handbook and make sure it is compliant with current law.