March 4, 2021

Our company is closing today due to inclement weather. Are we required to pay employees for this day?

The answer depends on whether the employees are exempt or nonexempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Exempt employees must still be paid when you close […]
March 2, 2021

How to Make Good Use of Your Employee Handbook

Employee handbooks are a nifty communication and reference tool for the workplace, but only if they’re used and not collecting dust on some physical (or digital) […]
February 25, 2021

Do I need to include an EEO statement in our job postings?

Question Do I need to include an EEO statement in our job postings? Answer Unless you are a federal contractor, you are not required to have […]
February 23, 2021

OSHA’s New COVID-19 Guidance

Question I’ve heard that OSHA released new COVID-19 workplace guidance. Are there any new requirements? Answer Technically, no. OSHA’s new guidance is advisory in nature and […]
February 19, 2021

Our Senior Legal Analyst Answers Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Over at Quora, our Senior Legal Analyst, Kara Gorvo, answers employer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. You can see her answers by clicking the links below:
February 18, 2021

Can we give an employee notice ahead of time that their employment will be terminated?

Question We are going to terminate an employee who has not been meeting expectations, even after several warnings. Could we give the employee notice that their […]
February 16, 2021

What are some typical examples of employee discipline?

Question What are some typical examples of employee discipline? Are there any you recommend? Answer Discipline should reflect the severity of the behavior, attempt to correct […]
February 11, 2021

How to Handle Workplace Romances

Cupid may not be on your payroll, but the mythical love god may well be active in your organization. Office romances are surprisingly common. Over half […]
February 10, 2021

What Small Businesses Can Teach Us in 2021

By Douglas Kelly, JD, Content Marketing Manager Based on responses from over 2,200 professionals to our October survey, there’s a bigger story at play than just […]
February 9, 2021

How do I determine whether a requested accommodation would be an undue hardship?

Question How do I determine whether a requested accommodation would be an undue hardship? Answer The basic definition of an undue hardship is an action that […]
February 5, 2021

Key Practices to Keep the Workplace Safe

In 1970, when Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Fifty […]
February 2, 2021

How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write […]
October 7, 2017

Ohio man sentenced to 180 months in prison for $70M Ponzi scheme

DAYTON – A multi-agency federal and state investigation has led to the guilty plea and imprisonment of Ohio businessman William M. Apostelos, who orchestrated a Ponzi […]
October 8, 2017

Arkansas man sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding investors

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS – A fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the FBI, and the Department of Health and Human […]
October 8, 2017

US Labor Department to publish Request for Information on fiduciary rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Request for Information related to the fiduciary rule. The RFI is an opportunity for the public […]
October 9, 2017

Court orders Florida manufacturer to repay profit-sharing plan

Type of Action: Consent order and judgement Names of Defendants: Andrea Lynn McCarthyLisa HallTruss Systems LLCTruss Systems LLC Profit Sharing Plan Allegations: The U.S. Secretary of […]