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YouTube Shooting Raises Questions on Firearms in the Workplace

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.

Congress Addresses Who Can Share Tips

March 30, 2018

The 2018 federal appropriations bill signed into law on March 23rd includes an addition to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) stating that “[a]n employer may not keep tips received by its employees for any purposes, including allowing managers or supervisors to keep any portion of employees’ tips, regardless of whether or not the employer takes a tip credit.”

Employer Policies Involving the Flu Vaccine & Discrimination Under Title VII

March 07, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), the United States experiences a flu season each year. With this year’s flu season considered one of the worst since the 2009-2010 pandemic, many employers wish to implement policies to protect the workplace and wonder whether they can implement policies mandating vaccination for their employees. This desire is particularly present in healthcare because those employees are charged with protecting patient safety and more often exposed to patients with compromised immunity.

Managing Glassdoor Reviews

February 14, 2018

Glassdoor, the website described as “Yelp for workplaces,” claims that eighty-three percent (83%) of job seekers in the United States read its reviews. For the uninitiated, Glassdoor is a website where anonymous employees and former employees comment on a company’s workplace – sharing information on topics such as salary levels, workplace policies, office politics, and much more.

Key Takeaways from Our 2017 Employment Law Seminars

January 23, 2018

Charleston-employment-law-seminar-edited.jpgHaynsworth Sinkler Boyd recently hosted our annual Employment Law Seminars across South Carolina. These complimentary seminars educated Human Resource professionals on recent employment law updates and changes.

Perry MacLennan Elected to Leadership Positions in Two Organizations

January 23, 2018

Perry_MacLennan_500px_bk_A.jpgPerry MacLennan, an attorney in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Charleston office, has been elected to the 2018 Palmetto Society for Human Resource Management (PSHRM) Board of Directors as General Counsel and to the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division as Secretary-Treasurer for 2018-2019.

Dr. King’s Message Rings True Today in the Context of the LGBTQIA Community

January 16, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham in 1963, "[t]here are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws....How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?...Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust....An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself."

Are Unpaid Interns Employees Under the FLSA?

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.

Chris Gantt-Sorenson Elected to SC SHRM State Council for 2018

January 10, 2018

Chris Gantt-SorensonChris Gantt-Sorenson, a shareholder in our Greenville office, has been elected to the South Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (SC SHRM) State Council for 2018. Chris will serve as Legislative Director on the council.

Should You Look Outside Your Organization to Investigate a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

December 22, 2017

A recent article in The New York Times questioned the propriety and effectiveness of a sexual harassment investigation conducted by a company’s Human Resources Department.

Sexual Harassment and What Employers Must Do to Comply

December 01, 2017

SExual-Harassment-complaint-form-and-pen.jpgThe latest headlines confirm the 2016 findings published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that workplace harassment too often goes unreported. The EEOC reports that “approximately 70% of the individuals who experienced harassment never even talked with a supervisor or manager,” meaning that they didn’t report it to their employer.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Welcomes New Associates

November 28, 2017

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce that Kaitlin T. Beck, Demetrius Pyburn and Clara Elizabeth “Lizzie” Weston have joined the firm.

Court Finds General Contractor Liable for Subcontractor’s Employees

November 15, 2017

In a decision with potentially huge ramifications for the construction industry, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employees of a framing and drywall subcontractor were also the employees of a general contractor for purposes of federal employment laws.

IRS Pressing Forward with ACA Penalties

November 06, 2017

Yesterday, the IRS reiterated that employers violating the ACA can expect penalty letters in late 2017 and also updated that portion of its website dedicated to the Employers’ ACA obligations here. The update explains the form of notices employers can expect to receive as a result of IRS penalties pursuant to the ACA.

Experienced Litigation Team Joins Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

November 06, 2017

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce the addition of Clay Walker, Rob Reibold and Reynolds Blankenship to our litigation practice. The experienced team of litigators joins HSB from the firm Walker & Reibold.

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