California Court Broadens the Definition of Employee

California Court Broadens the Definition of Employee In a recent case, the California Supreme Court broadened the definition of “employees” that are entitled to paid breaks and overtime benefits, as opposed to independent contractors, who are not. Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 2018 Cal.LEXIS 3152 (Cal.Apr. 30, 2018). Previously, […]

Employers: Beware Worker’s Comp Claims for Household Accidents

Employers: Beware Worker’s Comp Claims for Household Accidents Imagine having to defend a workers’ compensation claim against an employee who injured himself when he tripped over an extension cord in his or her own house.  Can this really happen? The answer is technically yes, if the employee is a telecommuter. To prevail on a workers’ compensation […]

The New White Collar Overtime Exemption Rule

The New White Collar Overtime Exemption Rule The U.S. Department of Labor has released the final version of its “white collar” overtime exemption rule, which raises the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions to $47,476 per year (or $913 per week). The new exemption threshold is more […]

How to Avoid Workplace Violence

How to Avoid Workplace Violence It’s safe to say that no sane business owner would intentionally hire someone with homicidal tendencies.   Nevertheless according to the National Health and Safety Administration, homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries.  Here are three suggestions to help keep your workplace safe while while complying with federal employment laws. 1. […]