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3/8/2019 | Articles

We have known that this was coming for a while – the change to the overtime laws which would increase the minimum salary an employee must be paid for that employee to be exempt from overtime payments, otherwise known as the “salary threshold.” If an employee performs the tasks of a manager, licensed professional, or an administrator AND the employee is paid at least the “salary threshold” amount, that employee can be exempt from overtime – meaning that the employee […]

Amazon Pays Workers to Leave

10/4/2018 | Articles

ARE THEY CRAZY? AMAZON PAYS UNHAPPY EMPLOYEES TO LEAVE         Recently the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, issued a letter to shareholders in which Mr. Bezos discussed an innovative way in which Amazon deals with unhappy employees at one of Amazon’s order fulfillment centers. Once a year, Amazon offers those employees the ability to leave their job if they are unhappy with the job for any reason. If the offer is accepted in the first year, Amazon […]

Employer Reporting Employee Crimes

10/4/2018 | Did You Know

DID YOU KNOW?         Although employers generally have no duty to report criminal conduct by their employees, there are exceptions to that rule. With the continued intermingling of employer and employee-owned technology, it is becoming more common for employers to discover possible criminal conduct of their employees. An example: An employee uses a personal laptop to access remotely the employer’s computer network. The employee brings the laptop to the employer’s IT professional for technical assistance. The IT […]

Facebook Hazards for Employers

10/4/2018 | Did You Know

DID YOU KNOW?         Employers who “screen” job applicants by the use of social media expose themselves to claims of discrimination by applicants who may otherwise be completely unqualified for a position. There has been substantial scrutiny paid to practices of employers who ask job applicants for Facebook passwords and access to other forms of social media accounts, but those practices largely have been discussed as potential violations of the applicant’s privacy rights. However, employers also place […]

Amended Ban the Box legislation in Philadelphia

10/4/2018 | Articles

NEW HIRING RESTRICTIONS ON PHILADELPHIA EMPLOYERS        Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has signed into law an amendment to Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” legislation that places significant additional restrictions on employers seeking to determine whether prospective employees have criminal records.         Under the prior Ban the Box law, employers could not ask about an applicant’s criminal history on an employment application or in an initial interview but could conduct criminal background checks after the initial interview […]