When I first started advising employers in the early 1990s, a common problem was the terminated employee who demanded to be paid for a large amount of unused vacation time. In recent years, employers have gotten much smarter when it comes to managing employee leave.
President-elect Joe Biden has laid out a range of employment-related initiatives, including goals that could significantly impact labor law, immigration, government contracting, employee safety, wage and hour, and other matters that affect the workplace.
While we are not willing to predict the outcome of next Tuesday’s election, we think that there is fair chance that 2020 will shatter voter participation records based on the number of early votes that have already been cast.
Time will tell whether the current pandemic will result in a significant long-term shift towards remote working, but in the short- and medium-term, employers continue to grapple with issues that arise with employees working from home.
While the U.S. continues to contend with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, states and local jurisdictions have been easing stay-at-home restrictions and business closure orders in an effort to reopen the economy.
The rapidly increasing importance of a company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance to its business value, has been a critical trend leading into 2020.
As the presidential election draws closer and while remote work arrangements continue, employers may find that they have more opportunities to apply their social media policies in response to emotionally charged posts by employees.
On Sunday, September 6, 2020, the Washington Post reported that U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former North Carolina–based company allegedly used company funds to reimburse employees for donations to federal and state political campaigns that DeJoy had asked them to make.
Most employers reimburse their employees for money spent on meals, hotels and other expenses during work trips as business expenses, but few have given thought to reimbursing employees for employee costs incurred at home, including for internet, electricity, printer ink, etc., because those have traditionally been considered personal expenses.
“[F]or the person who picks up our garbage, in the final analysis, is as significant as the physician, for if he doesn’t do his job, diseases are rampant. All labor has dignity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.