Employee Issues

“Sallie” was nervous, but excited. She had found the perfect space for her growing PR firm – near the center of town in an area that wasn’t yet high-end (so the rent was still affordable), but up-and-coming, with a vibe that fit her creative personality. The raw space had a lot of potential, and the […]

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Bit by bit, businesses small and large are moving away from using full-time employees. Why? The escalating costs of health care The thickets of employee legislation that impact smaller and smaller companies (like NYC’s recent move to a paid sick leave threshold of 5 employees, down from 20) The explosion of collaborative technologies that support the […]

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Do your employees use email for company correspondence? Do your business partners conduct research on the Internet? Does your company regularly back up and store the contents of its company computers? If so, your business is ripe for an electronic media and communications policy. It’s called by several names — communications policy, user guidelines, electronic […]

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True story: Two-and-a-half years after the manager of “XYZ Company” resigns, she brings a sex discrimination lawsuit, claiming the company took sides with a male employee who created a hostile work environment. All of her claims are dismissed by the court as baseless, but not before a protracted legal battle that costs the company over […]

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Whether it’s the slow economy or the plethora of employment laws, statistics show that employee litigation is on the rise. And whether the employee ultimately wins the case or not, the employer always loses. Businesses are getting battered for a range of complaints including sex, race, and religious discrimination, harassment, and wage quarrels. By some […]

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Q: What do you get when you cross a cell phone with a car? A: The latest trend in employer liability. As cell phones become more integrated into our work lives and the pressure to do business “24/7” increases, employers are more likely to be implicated in lawsuits where their employees were involved in car […]

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Fraud doesn’t happen in publicly traded, headline making companies alone. In fact, small businesses are often particularly vulnerable to employee fraud. Why? Largely, because they lack the oversight and controls that exist in larger, more hierarchical companies. Small business owners tend to be so relieved to find an employee to take time-consuming tasks off their […]

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“Helen” needed someone to handle her bookkeeping and billing. It only took 1 or 2 days per week, but she didn’t have the time. What she did have was an actor friend who would do the work for her. But the money he wanted, coupled with the cost of social security, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, […]

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Berenice had a real flair for interior design. She had created a niche for her business by working with entertainment and sports celebrities. She hired Devon 2 years ago as an office manager/project assistant. Berenice paid for 100% of his company health insurance premiums and gave him 6 weeks of vacation and personal days off. […]

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Are You Ready to Increase Your Office Staff… Without Employees? I reached a point in my law practice a number of years ago where I was stuck. Like, La Brea Tar Pits stuck. I had reached my fullest capacity – by myself — of serving clients, handling the billing, and going out to get more […]

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