Pro Tip: Don’t Threaten Employees With Deportation

As you are (hopefully) aware, federal law prohibits hiring undocumented workers. In addition, many state laws can punish employers for not complying with verification requirements. But many unscrupulous employers disregard these strictures and flip immigration law against their employees. One company, which actually went through the legal process to hire an immigrant employee, allegedly turned …

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Kellogg Seeks to Punish Litigious Employees in Arbitration Battle

There are cases of he-said-she-said. And then there are cases like this, of they-sued-they-countersued-they-sued-again. Kellogg Company workers filed a class action lawsuit alleging they were denied overtime pay. Kellogg denied the allegations, but also asked the court to dismiss the case, claiming that the workers had signed an employment agreement requiring arbitration. Kellogg successfully had …

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Uber, Lyft Drivers in NYC Get Minimum Wage

The legal issues swirling around driver pay for ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft normally centered around whether those drivers were classified as employees or contractors. State and federal minimum wage, overtime, and unemployment laws generally only apply to employees, so as long as drivers were independent contractors, the companies could pay what they wanted. …

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Small Biz Saturday: Top 5 Legal Tips to Get You Ready

Sandwiched in between the monolithic shopping holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday — a day for local and small businesses to really shine. And while your focus might have been on the day before, don’t forget to prepare for the day made for your small biz. So here are five …

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Employers Should Beware Indoor Heat Injuries

Things are changing in California, and employers better be prepared. New weather patterns and select burgeoning career paths have created the necessity for state government to regulate protections for heat injuries occurring indoors. California was the first state to set a threshold at which employers must protect workers from outdoor conditions. Starting in January 2019, …

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On-Call vs. OT: Do You Have to Pay Overtime for On-Call Employees?

You never know when an employee will call out sick, you’ll be caught off guard by an unexpected rush of customers, or you’ll otherwise suffer from a staff shortage. That’s why it can help to have some of your workers “on-call,” meaning that they’re available to come to work at a moment’s notice. Clearly, this …

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Riot Games Sued for Pay Disparity, Sexual Harassment

Riot Games, the video game developer behind megahit League of Legends, has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit by two female employees, one current and one former, for sexual harassment, discrimination, and violation of California’s Equal Pay Act. This comes on the heels of a massive expose by Kotaku which details a strong …

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