Employee Training: When Is It Compensable Time Worked?

Training—employers require it for all sorts of reasons. In many cases, training can be a legal requirement. Take workplace harassment training, for instance. The tradeoff here is reciprocal: Employees who engage in legally-mandated training designed to help prevent harassment in the workplace are probably less likely to harass a coworker. The payoff is measured in… Read more »

Twitter for Business Owners Who Don’t Get Twitter

In the words of the late Notorious B.I.G, “I can’t make you want it.” I know you don’t like Twitter– and I’m not going to waste my time convincing you it’s a good use of yours. It might not be, and it probably isn’t. Besides, you’re a grown-up. A professional; with a reputation. You refuse to have… Read more »

Panda 4.0 Just Doubled My Law Blog Traffic

Panda 4.0 Just Doubled My Law Blog Traffic

I’m no SEO, but my law blog traffic just doubled and I knew it was going to happen. Google is rolling out our Panda 4.0 update starting today. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) May 20, 2014 Panda 4.0 came through. http://t.co/Ou219so8TC doubled traffic. — Preston Clark (@lawinsider) May 24, 2014 How Did I know?    An… Read more »

6th Circuit Green Lights Telecommuting as ADA Accommodation

By Jonathan A Segal In the EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the Sixth Circuit recently held that telecommuting could be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA for the employee at issue. Commentators have described the decision as everything from “ground breaking” to opening up the “flood gates” to telecommuting accommodation requests. I am not surprised… Read more »

When Are Workers Working—and When Aren’t They?

The pace of regulatory and litigious action surrounding employment law is quickening. Here, in the United States, much of the activity stems from an increase in enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act—for instance, disagreements over what is proper protocol in determining compensation for hourly and wage employees or what constitutes work time. Meanwhile, an… Read more »

“Extreme” French Proposed E-Mail Law: Already Law in U.S.

By Jonathan A. Segal A bill is being considered in France that would severely restrict use of e-mail by employees off the clock. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/europe/in-france-a-move-to-limit-off-the-clock-work-emails.html. I have read many business leaders respond with dismay.  How much can French government regulate and expect business to survive, let alone thrive? Lots come back across the pond.  That “controversial,”… Read more »

Guest Post: Divorce and Children – A Lesson from Hollywood

By JORDAN GERBER If you have been exposed to social media within the last few weeks, ie aren’t holed up in some Tibetan monastery or currently incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, chances are you’ve heard about Gwynneyth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s recent decision to call it quits. Or, as they phrase it, “conscious uncoupling.” Before you dismiss… Read more »

Lawyers on G+ Reaches its 5,000th Member

Lawyers on G+ Reaches its 5,000th Member

Well, well, well… look what we have here. The ghost town called G+ is starting to attract the legal community. Today Lawyers on G+ reached 5,000 members. Yet another awesome milestone during our short (and sweet) 16 months of existence. We’re currently the largest professional services community on G+. But more than the numbers, we’ve… Read more »

Knowing Who Receives Overtime Pay Is about to Get More Complicated

The landmines an employer navigates in scheduling and paying overtime are as many as the regulations covering it. And the outcome of a White House–ordered assessment of overtime rules found in the Fair Labor Standards Act will soon render these regulations even more demanding. President Obama has signed an executive order that “instructs the Secretary… Read more »