Category Archive: Employment Law

Jun
02

Wage and Hour Q&A for Employers

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping and youth employment standards for full and part-time workers in the U.S.  Here is a handy reference guide to understanding the FLSA. What is the minimum wage and am I required to pay it? As of 2011, the FLSA requires …

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May
06

Employee Benefits – What is Required?

This article discusses employee benefits for private employers, meaning companies that operate separately from the government, including privately owned and publicly traded companies.  Employees who work for  federal, state and local government are governed by a separate and sometimes differing set of workplace rules. Are employers required to provide vacation days or paid time off? …

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May
05

Creating a Corporate Purchasing Policy for Your Small Business

As your small business grows, more and more tasks will need to be delegated to employees.  This includes the ability for employees to make external financial and contractual commitments to purchase supplies, materials, and services for the company.  It is important for every company to have a clear internal Corporate Purchasing Policy that outlines the …

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Feb
17

Can I Monitor My Employees Emails, Web Usage, and Phone Calls?

Can I read my employees emails?  What about phone calls?  Can i look at the web sites my employees are going to? In short, yes.  Employers can set the rules regarding the privacy or non-privacy of emails on company systems.  You should as a best practice, state in your company handbook and/or policies that emails …

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Feb
10

The Family and Medical Leave Act – Eligibility and Requirements

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides federally required protection to certain covered employees who: Works for a company with 50 or more employees, AND Has worked for more than 1 year for that company (at least 1,250 hours over the last 12 months) FMLA may be used by employees for the following reasons: …

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Jan
25

Nondisclosure Agreements and Noncompete Agreements

Non-disclosure agreements and Non-compete agreements What is the difference and does it matter? What is a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)? An NDA, sometimes called a confidentiality agreement, is an agreement that the employee signs to protect sensitive commercial information that the company deems to be valuable to the company’s business.  It can be very broad, requiring …

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Jan
07

Independent Contractor vs. Employee

What’s the difference? As an employer, it is essential that an employee be classified properly, since misclassification of a worker can result in additional taxes, interest, and penalties to your business.  An independent contractor is not an employee of the business.  Independent contractors take on clients who pay them for services rendered.  The primary consideration …

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