Allowing non-exempt workers to work unsupervised from home has always been a big no-no in the wage-hour world. Allowing this exposes the employer to claims for unpaid hours, and unpaid overtime, from  federal, state, and local laws with unforgiving penalties. Recognizing the number of non-exempt employees working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the federal

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just made it easier to address employee outbursts involving offensive or abusive statements–including outbursts involving profane, racist, and sexually inappropriate remarks.

In General Motors LLC, 369 NLRB No. 127, a decision issued July 21, 2020, the NLRB modified the long-used Wright Line test for deciding whether protected concerted

New DOL poster released for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

There is a required poster for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), now available here. This poster must be provided to all current employees (not those already laid off), either by posting in each workplace (where other posters are located) or direct

UPDATED 3/30/20: The Department of Labor released some guidance on the upcoming paid leave for COVID-19 absences. There is a fact sheet for employees, fact sheet for employers, and Q&As.

How do employers calculate the 500-employee threshold?

The 500 employee count is done on the date an employee tries to use the

As of midnight on Tuesday, March 24, all non-essential businesses are ordered closed, and citizens in Ohio are instructed to stay at home until at least April 6, 2020. There are exceptions to this Order, and the exceptions seem to swallow the rule.

Employers in essential businesses are supposed to maintain “minimum basic operations”

UPDATED 3/16/20: The Department of Labor issued new guidance for employers handling issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

OSHA/Safety

OSHA has information available to employers related to infection prevention and safety, available here.  Notably, that guidance includes much of the information we are already aware of about “social distancing” (keeping approximately 6 feet

The Democratic House of Representatives passed a $15 per hour nationwide minimum wage. Given the composition of the Presidency and the Senate, it i is unlikely to go anywhere this year.

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, H.R. 582, the “Raise the Wage Act” passed 231-199, mostly along party lines. The Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) estimated