On February 17, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives both voted to extend the 2% payroll tax cuts for the rest of 2012. This new legislation is “a bill to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment compensation, Medicare physician payment, provide for the consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline, and for other purposes.” Had lawmakers not reached this agreement, the payroll tax cuts would have expired on February 29. The bill will be forwarded to President Obama, who has indicated that he will sign it into law.
The IRS has announced a new program which would allow employers who incorrectly classified employees as independent contractors in the past to minimize exposure for such incorrect classifications.
Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are a few of the social media sites utilized by employers and employees today. Studies indicate that the use of social media sites by employers has risen significantly in the last few years with between 45% to 75% of employers now using such sites. All indications are that increased utilization of such sites will continue.
On March 1 the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision that will have far-reaching effects on employers everywhere. In Staub v. Proctor Hospital, the plaintiff filed suit under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”) following his termination of employment. Under USERRA, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the basis of an employee’s membership in the armed services.
At one time or another – whether at the doctor’s office or when applying for health insurance – most of us have been asked about our family medical history. But if you are an employer, such questions can no longer be asked.
A Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows major U.S. strikes (1,000 workers or more) at their lowest since the Department of Labor began gathering that data in 1947. The number of major strikes fell to five in 2009.
“The Wage and Hour Division must expand its efforts to ensure that workers are employed in compliance with the laws we
Our country continues to attempt to work its way out of the worst recession in decades. As the job market
The increasing utilization of internet social networking raises new issues for employee privacy. While the advancements in technology have allowed
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Workplace retaliation claims have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Most federal and state anti-discrimination laws contain retaliation provisions which
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Last November, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a law banning cigarette smoke from all public places and “places of employment.” In
Over the last several years there has been a significant increase in the amount of employment claims brought against employers