Workplace Lactation Rights

Less than 20% of Moms Who Breastfeed Know Their Workplace Lactation Rights The results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research revealed that only 18% of nursing mothers know all their lactation rights in the workplace. The survey polled 1,000 working mothers in the U.S. with children ages two and under who are breastfeeding … Continued

Independent Contractor or Employee?

As a condition to being allowed to work, employers sometimes require workers to sign an agreement stating that the worker is an independent contractor. Under FLSA you are an employee if, as a matter of economic reality, your work indicates that you are economically dependent on an employer, and you are an independent contractor if you are in business for yourself.

Tough Conversations

They Never Told Me One of the most common mistakes that managers make is failing to let employees know that there is a problem with their behavior or performance.   Or, when the do, they are not clear.  Often, we hope that the employee will improve or end the poor behavior on their own.  Yet, … Continued

Quiz Corner: Employee Advances

Is it okay to offer employees loans? By Kristen Kelly, Payroll Team Lead Q:   An employee shared with his employer that his family is going through a hard financial situation. He indicated it was difficult to make ends meet. Is it OK to offer the employee a loan through an employee advance and have him … Continued

Controlling “Uncontrollable” HR Costs

Managing Your Unemployment Costs Often times business owners think unemployment costs just drain their bottom line and that there is nothing they can do to change it.  But the fact is, strong proactive HR systems can truly help keep costs minimal. Simply stated, the amount of successful unemployment claims made against a company’s  account determines … Continued

Behind the Curtain of a Workplace Investigation

48%. Percentage of American adults who report experiencing abusive behavior at work. Join ESC and Rupp Baase as they take you behind the curtain of workplace investigations, before, during and after. Learn how these situations can impact your business.

Workers Accuse Google of Retaliation

In November 2018, Google Employees protested against pay inequity and nontransparent approaches to the topic of sexual harassment, among other things. These are hot button topics within employment and HR. Now several of these Google workers are claiming that they are being retaliated against by their employer.

DOL Proposes Amendment to Clarify Overtime Pay Calculations

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires overtime pay of at least 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week for non-exempt employees.  The Department of Labor (DOL) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the rules regarding how overtime is calculated, specifically related to what forms of “regular pay” employers include and exclude in the 1 ½ times calculation.

Request Schedule Change After Disability Leave

An employee is out on disability leave. The employee calls to request to come back to work, but only working nights and weekends. Does the employer have to accommodate this request?