The question of whether exotic dancers are employees or independent contractors of the strip clubs where the dancers are employed recently wound up in the lap of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (why this distinction matters). The court managed to keep its eyes focused up here and refused to dance around the issue or […]
Although there was very little notice by the press or voters, trade secrets lawyers saw a significant development in the law recently. Last month, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA provides a federal counterpart to the various state laws that already govern trade secret litigation. Currently […]
What Is the EEOC? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency tasked with enforcing the federal employment laws in the United States. It has the authority to bring a lawsuit on behalf of employees who have been wrongfully terminated in violation of federal law, which includes Title VII of the Civil Rights […]
Wage theft has become a significant problem in the United States, as many employers are failing to pay their employees for all hours that the employee worked. If your employer has failed to pay you what you have rightfully earned, what are your legal options? What Qualifies as Wages in South Carolina? The South Carolina […]
Military service discrimination in employment is illegal. The United States Government employs approximately 2.5 million people in active and reserve duty capacities. Each of these individuals faces many challenges inherent with such a chosen career path, including family obligations, work obligations, and long- or short-term deployments. Many, if not all, military reservists have full-time civilian […]
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay employees a minimum wage and an overtime premium of 1.5 times the regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours. But how do you know if the FLSA’s protections apply to you, the employee? Here are the five initial questions to […]
United Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) involving the rights of disabled workers. In the case, the EEOC alleged that United failed to provide fair accommodations for workers who were unable to perform the duties of their current position due to disabilities.
Employee or independent contractor? This issue has been a contentious one for years, with many saying employers frequently misclassify workers as independent contractors to avoid paying them full income and benefits.
Nursing home patients should never be prescribed a medication out of convenience, especially ones with great risks, like a psychotropic. However, a recent study performed by University of Michigan Geriatric Psychiatrist Donovan Maust found that seniors are getting prescribed more psychiatric medications than necessary, and non-medication approaches are often being ignored.
Like it or not, social media has become an inescapable part of life. No place is immune from its influence – not even the workplace. In recent years, employers have used social media as a tool to screen and investigate workers and potential hires.