Posts By: Howard Tarnoff

Employment Law Compliance: Without the Right Technology, It’s Possible to Get it Wrong

Settling for an average of $4.6 million per instance, wage-and-hour class action suits increased fourfold in frequency from 1993 to 2012, reports the Society of Human Resource Management. The financial hit usually exceeds the cost of just getting overtime, meals and rest periods, minimum wage, or an array of other variables correct, from the start. Yet employers… Read more »

Tracking Employees with GPS: Privacy vs. Productivity

Howard Tarnoff

Immediacy, convenience, accuracy—these are characteristics of GPS technology that make it attractive to employers for the purposes of tracking employees: Bosses like having a way of knowing where an employee is. Much of this has to do with the need for productivity—seeing who is and isn’t performing commensurately with their pay and making decisions to… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

When Does a Worker’s Shift End?

For employers with large populations of wage and hourly staff, the question is a gray area masquerading as a black-and-white issue. Throw contract hourly laborers into the mix, and a growing set of potential missteps or pitfalls can leave employers running afoul of employment law in a short period of time. Take the example of… Read more »

Technology Makes or Breaks Employers’ Ability to Comply with Employment Law

Large class-action suits and multimillion-dollar settlements connected to employment law continue to dominate the news. Many center on alleged inaccuracies in the recording of, or payment for, hours worked. Pet supplies giant PetSmart Inc., for instance, has agreed to pay a multimillion-dollar settlementaround claims that the company underpaid thousands of hourly employees. It’s a trend that… Read more »

End-of-Year Checklist: Top Three Employer Compliance To-Do’s

by Howard Tarnoff, Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Ceridian Corporation The end of the year is upon us. That means you’re checking your regulatory compliance one last time before the start of 2014. With reports that the National Labor Relations Board is upping its investigative activity, employers must do everything they can to… Read more »

Fixing Employee Misclassification: There’s an App for That

Howard Tarnoff is the Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Ceridian Corporation Misclassification of an employee’s status can precipitate a ripple effect of regulatory headaches and fines. The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Employer Mandate (now delayed for one year), is but one example: Employers face a tall challenge in eventually tracking employees’ hours to… Read more »