Excluding Employees From Post-Pandemic Workplace Culture Discussions Poses Risks

By Val Rusk Many employers – and employees – are thinking about what their workplace culture will feel like as onsite work increases. Employers are legitimately concerned that hybrid schedules, necessary accommodations, and other alternative work arrangements may negatively impact what they perceive to be their “secret sauce:” a vibrant, inclusive culture that builds relationships […]

Can Employers Ask Employees About Vaccination Status?

By Val Rusk Yes, you CAN ask your employees whether they have been vaccinated…. But employers should ensure their managers who may ask this question – including informally around the water cooler – know to stay away from any follow up questions that could implicate the ADA. Even if they don’t ask the question, well-meaning […]

It May Be Time to Reclassify Some Employees as Non-Exempt or Implement Pay Raises

Under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 24, 2019, employees who make less than $35,568 are eligible for overtime pay effective Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold […]

Gender Identity – Creating a Positive and Safe Work Environment

Raquel Crump notes creating a positive and safe work environment is more important than ever and it benefits employers and employees. The right actions assist changing workplace culture to reflect our changing society. Gender identity may cause some employees caution when interacting with other employees, despite years of working relationships. Here are some tips to […]

Tennille Hoover to Present at The Solo & Small Firm Institute CLE

Tennille Hoover will present Don’t Let Your Money Fly Away! Thorny HR Issues for Solo and Small Firms. September 26 and 27, State Bar of Georgia. Limited programming via video conference to Savannah & Tifton State Bar Offices. Tennille will present in the Auditorium on September 26 from 1:30 to 2:35 p.m. The Solo & […]

Chandra Davis to Present at Management Information Exchange (MIE) Conference in Atlanta, September 10

Management Information Exchange (MIE) Conference for Legal Services Executive Directors, Managers and Supervisors in Atlanta, September 9 and 10. Chandra Davis to lead discussion of employment law rules and regulations on September 10. Chandra will update and review the most pressing employment law and compliance issues–FLSA, FMLA, ACA, ADA and reasonable accommodations, harassment in the […]

ELS August Update and Upcoming Events

Link to our latest update. Highlights and quick links: Webinar with Chandra C. Davis – HR Regulations: Disabled Employees, Discrimination and Equal Pay – Wednesday, August 15, 2 pm LINK to RECORDING. Special Employment Law Webinar for Owners & Managers of Small Law Firms, Thursday, August 22 from 11 am to NOON Management Information Exchange […]

Webinar with Chandra C. Davis – HR Regulations: Disabled Employees, Discrimination and Equal Pay – Wed., Aug. 15, 2 pm

Please join Chandra Davis and Sanquinetta Maria Dover for an informative presentation on August 15 at 2 p.m. HR Regulations: Disabled Employees, Workplace Discrimination, Equal Pay Register at http://bit.ly/DiscussionswithDoverEpisode1. Discussion Duration:  40 minutes with 15 minutes Q & A.  Join us as we discuss hot topics affecting business owners and HR. Learn about best practices, employees’ well-being […]

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: GA Labor Law Poster Change and EEOC Releases Sample Forms to Help Employers with EEO-1 Survey

Georgia recently released an update for labor law posters to include the Workers’ Compensation Bill of Rights new benefit dollar amounts and a new revision date. Additionally, employers were informed that the EEOC now requires a second component of the EEO-1 Survey for employers with over 100 employees. Component 2 asks for employees’ hours worked […]

Raise Your Defenses and Raise Them Early: A Good Reminder from the Supreme Court for Employment Counsel Defending Title VII Claims

On June 3, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis leading to a very valuable lesson for employers – raise your defenses and raise them early. The employee in this case filed an EEOC charge against her employer for sexual harassment and retaliation for […]