Employment News

May 24, 2016

Labor Department Issues Expanded Overtime Pay Rules

The United States Department of Labor finalized the overtime rule that will expand overtime wages to more workers by raising the overtime salary threshold. This means that nearly all workers earning less than $47,476 will be entitled to time-and-a-half pay when they work more than 40 hours per week. The rule will significantly impact the salaries of workers, guaranteeing overtime pay for salaried workers earning less. Previously, the threshold was set at only $23,660.

Employment News

May 17, 2016

Supreme Court Broadens Employee Rights in First Amendment Retaliation Case

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision paves the way for future claims against employers who retaliate against employees it believes are engaging in protected speech, even when the employee did not actually engage in the protected behavior. The case highlights the importance of employer intent and could have broader implications for other types of employment retaliation claims.

Employment News

May 13, 2016

OSHA Issues Workplace Injury Reporting Rule and Anti-Retaliation Provision

In an effort to improve workplace safety and protect employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule concerning the reporting of injury and illness in the workplace. Under the new rule, employers are now required to submit work-related injury and illness information to OSHA electronically, as well as inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries or illnesses without fear of retaliation. The new rule not only protects employees who report injury or illness, but it clarifies their right to access workplace injury data.

Employment News

Apr 18, 2016

Pregnancy, Parental Leave and Retaliation

While discovering you are pregnant can be a time of joy, it can also be a significant source of stress if you are worried about retaliation in the workplace. Retaliation could be as subtle as excluding you from meetings or important decisions or worse, demotion, decreased pay, or even termination. Pregnant women, new mothers, as well as fathers, have significant protections under Minnesota state and federal laws. In the event of discrimination or retaliation for a pregnancy or parental leave, you do have rights and can take legal action against your employer.

Employment News

Apr 11, 2016

Social Media Background Checks and Job Applicant Rights

Whether you are an employee looking for a new job or an employer screening your applicants, it is important to understand the law related to social media and background checking. With the rise of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other online social networking sites, employers have more access than ever to their applicant’s personal lives and contacts. But can an employer ever go too far? What rights do employees and applicants have related to social media and background checking?

Employment News

Mar 17, 2016

Employers Are Now Responsible for Contract and Temporary Workers

The NLRB recently issued a decision that could significantly broaden liability for businesses that employ contract workers. Businesses that once evaded liability may now be on the hook for subcontractors, franchisee employees, and temporary employment agency hires.

Employment News

Feb 25, 2016

The Charlotte Observer Reports on Impact of Landmark Flowers Foods Decision

The article highlights the importance to workers’ rights of a groundbreaking ruling obtained by Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta attorneys in a case in federal district court in North Carolina. The court held that employers in North Carolina may not require workers to waive claims under the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA) as part of a general release of claims.

Employment News

Feb 18, 2016

Case Proceeds to Trial in Wage and Hour Litigation Against Flowers Foods

Distributors of bakery products for Flowers Foods, Inc., and its local North Carolina subsidiary scored a major victory in their wage and hour case against the company. This case is the first of over 15 related cases proceeding against Flowers Foods throughout the United States regarding the company’s classification of its distributors.