On August 1, 2012, Illinois became the second state in the country to enact a law prohibiting employers from requesting that employees provide login or password information for a social networking website or demanding that employees grant them access to any non-public portion of the employee’s social networking website. The law was enacted to combat the growing trend of employers requiring prospective and current employees to grant their employers access to their private social networking accounts, for the purpose of thoroughly vetting or investigating the individual. While the law certainly prevents employers from continuing to engage in such intrusive behavior, it also incentivizes employers to avoid exposing themselves to the liability that snooping through a social networking website can bring. In light of this new law, employers must completely avoid requesting login, username, or password information from any current or perspective employees and avoid retrieving any information from social networking websites that is not available in the public domain.
In light of the continued onslaught of wage and hour claims made by current and former employees, including putative class and collective actions, there are a number of steps employers can take to help mitigate potential lawsuits. 1. Institute Timekeeping and Payroll Policies First, employers can implement a number of policies and…..
Unemployment benefits for impacted workers have now been addressed in both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (phase 2) and the pending Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (phase 3), which has now been passed in the U.S. Senate and is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives in response to COVID-19. The president’s signature is expected immediately once final approval is obtained by Congress. In light of staggering unemployment numbers released on March 26, 2020, this assistance has come just in time as many employers and impacted workers are facing economic devastation in the wake of COVID-19. According to the most recent statics, unemployment claims surged to over 3.2 million last week to the highest levels since tracking began in 1967.
The Florida Minimum Wage Act, which applies to all employees in Florida covered by the federal minimum wage, requires the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a new minimum wage rate each year on September 30.