IAML Insights

February 06, 2019

Oh the weather outside is frightful … No, seriously, it’s actually dangerous here in Chicago. Since much of the city seems to be on lock-down today as we all try not to freeze to death, this seems like a good time to review the rules relating to employee pay during weather-related shut-downs. For non-exempt employees, the rule is pretty simple:...

February 05, 2019

Even if your state is "easy," don't relax. It seems like all we ever read about is those more activist "blue states" -- California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York . . .  If you're an employer in a more employer-friendly "red state," you may feel left out. "Nobody ever writes about us! *sob*" Or, you may be feeling...

February 01, 2019

Super Bowl Sunday might feel familiar this year with New England making its third consecutive appearance. However, this year’s big game is anything but ordinary as it is the first Super Bowl where sports betting is legal in the United States outside of Nevada. Legal Sports Betting Rapidly Expands Thanks to a 6–3 ruling by the Supreme Court of the...

January 31, 2019

How frigid are the temperatures going to be in Northeast Ohio today? Just about everything is closed. Even the post office suspended mail delivery. Just because you remain open for business does not mean that your employees will be in a position to get to work. Pipes burst. Furnaces break. Cars die. And with schools closed, many parents...

January 30, 2019

As the independent contractor versus employee status debate evolves across the United States through legislation, court decisions, and agency enforcement actions, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) clarified its standard on January 25, 2019 in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc. In this decision, the Board returned to the common-...

January 29, 2019

One of the questions that clients ask me most often is, "________ is out on a medical / pregnancy leave (or just returned); can we fire him/her?"My response, always: "Why?"There are several reasons why you might need to fire an employee who is absent from work on, or just returned from, an otherwise FMLA or ADA protected leave. While...