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Classification Risk: Employees or Independent Contractors

Are they employees or independent contractors? It’s a question that many employers grapple with as they attempt to properly classify members of their workforce. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment, Wage and Hour

VCP Fee Change Represents Opportunity for Larger Plans

VCP is a program offered by the IRS to allow sponsors of qualified retirement plans (401(k)/ 403(b) plans) to correct retirement plan errors. An applicant must disclose the mistake in writing and then correct the failure and pay a fee. Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Employee Benefits, Tax

Mandatory Union Fees at Risk

The U.S. Supreme Court will listen to arguments soon in another challenge to the mandatory fees that some government employees must pay to their unions for negotiating and administering their contracts.  Read More ›

Categories: Employment, Employment Tax & Withholding, Labor Relations, U.S. Supreme Court, Union

IRS Begins Enforcement of ACA Employer Mandate

The IRS recently began enforcing the employer mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by assessing penalties on noncompliant employers for the 2015 calendar year. Read More ›

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Are You Paying Your Employees Enough to Keep Them?

According to the Wall Street Journal on July 21st, for the first time in many years, pay for the lowest income Americans are rising faster than for any other group. Read More ›

Categories: Employment, Labor Relations, News, Wage and Hour

UAW Rips Off Employees Twice in Chrysler Fiasco

In a stunning development, reported Thursday by the Detroit Newspapers including Crain's Detroit, a former Chrysler labor negotiator was in collusion with several high executives of UAW and has pocketed more than $1.2 million worth of money and goods that was supposed to have been used for UAW employee training purposes. Read More ›

Categories: Labor Relations, Lawsuit

Employers Beware – Employees May Lawfully Record Workplace Discussions and Activities

RecordingIn an effort  to guard against workplace meetings or discussions being recorded and uploaded to social media for all to hear, and to protect employees against surreptitious recording of their conversations, many employers have implemented "no recording" policies. One such employer was Whole Foods Markets, which had two no-recording policies in place. Read More ›

Categories: National Labor Relations Board

Contractors Face Jail Time for Worker Fatalities

Contractors looking at building plansIn a growing trend nationwide, owners of companies whose employees die in the workplace from workplace related accidents are increasingly looking at jail time, not just high OSHA or state OSHA penalties. Read More ›

Categories: OSHA and MIOSHA, Safety

Supervisor's One Time Use of Racial Slur may be Very Expensive

Business TrainingIt is not typical that a single racial epithet used by a supervisor toward a worker is enough to establish a hostile work environment under federal labor law; however, the (liberal) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently disagreed. Read More ›

Categories: Harassment, News & Events

Unions Win The Most Elections in American History

In what will seem to be a shock to anybody reading this blog, because it is, unions won 72 percent of every National Labor Relations Board election held against a non-union employer in 2016. This is the highest rate in history. In fact, in bargaining units with a smaller number of employees, i.e. employees less than 50 in number, the unions won 74 percent of all their elections. While unions have won more than 60 percent of all NLRB elections in the last 12 years, this is a real stunner. Read More ›

Categories: Union