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February 19, 2018

Killin' time with Snapchat and Candy Crush during working hours.   Ed Zwim of the New York Post reports on a study showing that employees who don't have enough work to do is becoming a big problem: Idle time in fact occurs frequently across all occupational categories in the US, and is costing employers roughly $100 billion each...

February 16, 2018

Raef Lawson worked as a restaurant delivery driver for Grubhub for four months in late 2015 and early 2016. He claimed that the company misclassified him as an independent contractor, and owed him overtime for hours he worked over 40 in any workweek. Last week, in Lawson v. Grubhub [pdf], a California federal judge granted the gig-...

February 15, 2018

Amazon recently made a voluntary decision to ban the use of salary history questions during the employment application process. Why? The idea is that banning questions about salary history aims to close the gender pay gap. According to the Census Bureau, women make 80% of every dollar a man makes. Many argue that the gender pay gap...

February 14, 2018

I listened with great interest to the latest episode of the Hostile Work Environment podcast, which featured as its guest my good friend, Dan Schwartz, talking about the pitfalls of Valentine’s Day at work.Dan cited CareerBuilder’s annual V-Day survey, which offers some interesting stats about the current state of office...

February 14, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued guidance in the waning days of the Obama administration reminding HR professionals and others that the antitrust laws could apply in the employment arena, particularly with respect to hiring and compensation matters. There was some question about how vigorously the Trump Administration’...

February 13, 2018

While President Donald Trump is not known for a deliberate approach, the long-anticipated shifts in labor law and policy is starting to take shape in an efficient and measured form. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) closed out 2017 with several key decisions overturning significant pro-unions policies. These decisions came...