Harmony and Your Workplace

November 26, 2019 |

Remember those impeachment hearings that were so long ago? Last week? Your workplace was probably tuning in. Recent research claims the distraction cost the US workplace $2.1 billion an hour.  The estimate was derived using the average hourly wage — $28.18 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — along with the number of […]

Online Reviews: The Bane of Business

November 21, 2019 |

Arguably, the biggest contribution to the information age is the online review. The ubiquitous Yelp or Glassdoor rants that range from somewhat  helpful to ridiculous. Take the 1 Star Yelp review of Yellowstone Park (yes you read that right), which complained of the strong sulfur odor.  Most online reviews are negative and then live on […]

ABC Easy as…Not So Easy After All: Independent Contractors

November 20, 2019 |

Over the last decade, many states have restricted the definition of an independent contractor. In these states, the  default status of a worker is an employee unless specific guidelines are met. The rise in the gig economy has propelled this trend in large part but worker protection and filling state’s tax coffers is at work […]

Weed and the Workplace

November 14, 2019 |

Thirty three states and DC have legalized marijuana use in some form (map here). Yet on the federal level, marijuana is a banned Class I substance. Legal in many states, illegal under federal law. This conflict is making workplaces feel dazed and confused. Let’s get into the weeds a bit. What you can do: Employers […]

English Only Workplace Rule: No Esta Bien

November 12, 2019 |

An employer who insisted on a broad, English only workplace rule will pay over $2.6 million to a group of aggrieved workers.  The EEOC is not a fan of these rules and the facts of this case did not help: Banning any Spanish spoken on site and calling Spanish a foul language. The supervisor also […]

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