The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently held that a hospital acted lawfully in terminating the employment of a nurse for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
On May 29, 2014, Minnesota signed into law Minnesota’s medical cannabis bill (SF No. 2470), which passed the House 89-to-40 and the Senate 46-to-16. The law establishes a registry program for Minnesota residents to legally use medical cannabis for a qualifying medical condition. According to the new law, medical cannabis…..
In this, our final post in this blog series on wage and hour issues in the 21st century, we address another frequent area of concern for employers: exempt employees. Smartphones and electronic remote access are creating new problems for employers when it comes to exempt employees. Under the Fair Labor Standards…..
Telecommuting has become a popular work option for several employers in the recent past. Reasons that employers and employees may consider telecommuting as an option include: increase in flexibility of hours worked, more working families, increase in gas prices, sluggish economy, and alternative to employee layoffs. Telecommuting employees often work from home…..
Along with the ubiquitous nature of smart phones, employers are increasingly using GPS technology to track company vehicles to determine if employees working on remote job sites are where they are supposed to be and to locate missing vehicles and/or employees. While most employers tout the enhanced safety that GPS…..
Have you considered the wage and hour challenges facing employers in the new electronic communication age? If you have, you may have only considered half of the challenge. Have you considered the records that now exist illustrating access and use of electronic communication devices by your employees? If you are handing…..
In this, our fifth post in this series discussion on wage and hour issues in the 21st century, we address one of the latest and greatest threats to employers in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) arena: meal breaks. Although meal break litigation is not new, some of the legal…..
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has made several changes worth noting in the past 18 months that have the potential to impact employers. The Obama Administration has made more monetary resources available to the Wage and Hour Division to enforce the provisions of the…..
In this post—our third in a series on wage-and-hour issues in the 21st Century—we focus on the tools of the trade, so to speak. It is important to understand what counts as “hours worked” and what may or may not count, to ensure that all compensable time is being recorded…..
In this, the second post in our series on hot topics in the wage-and-hour arena, we focus on some of the off-the-clock pitfalls that face employers. Off-the-clock issues are particularly challenging given the new way that companies conduct business in the 21st Century—via email, checking voice mails, and working remotely…..
A Discussion on Determining Hours Worked and Avoiding Off-The-Clock Violations in The World Of Smart Phones And Telecommuters Technological advancements and flexible workplace arrangements have drastically increased the potential exposure to employers for off-the-clock work performed by non‑exempt employees. With the number of lawsuits involving technology-related off-the-clock work claims on the…..