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Employers covered by the FLSA

January 16th, 2020

Jill S. Kirila, Shennan Harris

Squire Patton Boggs

Employers covered Virtually anyone who employs anyone else is usually a covered employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) broadly defines “employer” as anyone directly or indirectly acting in the inte...

Second-guessing the advice columns: Get off my lawn!

October 8th, 2019

Robin Shea at Constangy

Age based teasing matrix

Working with older employees is something we all do, just as all of us work with younger employees – it is a function of working with people who aren't the same age as you.

But while there are almost as many "How to Relate to Millenials" workshops as there are opportunities for Than Merrill to make you money in real estate, where are the "How to Relate to the Mother Lode of Work Experience and Life Lessons Standing Right in Front of You" workshops?

Robin Shea provides 5 things Millennialites need to hear (OK, that was my Dad channeling through me).

PS – Robin's totally scientific Age-Based Teasing Matrix (above) is pretty sweet. 

IL Wage history ban FAQs from the houses mouth

September 30th, 2019


Horses mouth

Direct from the horses's mouth at noreply@illinois.gov, 10 FAQs about the new law that prohibits employers from asking for wage history.

If you got your social media policy from Walmart, beware

September 26th, 2019

Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal

Walmart logo

Once upon a time there was a social media policy in the land of Walmart. And the rulers of Walmart wanted to know that it was a just and fair policy, so they asked the gods that ruled their lives (Nike, Loki, Rhea, and Bacchus) to pass judgement.

So was born Operations-Management Memo 12-59, which proclaimed "the entire social media policy, as revised, is lawful". There was great rejoicing and much blithe moving in the land of Walmart and all lands, for now everone knew what was what. 

And all was good.

Operative word being "was".

Our own Themis Fiona Ong discovers that the same social media policy can be both lawful and unlawful, especially if you got it from Walmart. 

OSHA Duties and Responsibilities

September 26th, 2019

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Section 5(a) of the OSH Act states: "The basic duties of employers and employees are that: each employer shall furnish to each of its employees employment and a place of employment that are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees, and shall comply with occupational safety and health ...