If you are a big fan of TV police dramas, you no doubt are familiar with the terminology “Miranda rights”. You might have first heard Sergeant Joe Friday from the old “Dragnet” series mirandize a perpetrator, or, more recently you watched any of the detectives in the many “Law and Order” shows give the Miranda warning to the bad guy by uttering the following words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used […]
The United States of America is considered a progressive nation, but, when it comes to establishing a minimum wage law for its hardworking residents, you might be surprised to learn that the first federal minimum wage laws in America were not passed until 1938 and were instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd president. The name of the actual federal law that enacted the minimum wage was introduced as a portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Up until […]
Most people today have worked in a minimum-wage position at some time in their life. For most, it was a high school job to earn money for incidentals that were not paid for by their parents, like a car or even tuition for college. Not everyone is lucky enough to win a college scholarship and who wants to carry a student loan way into their actual working career? Back in the day, that minimum wage payment was sufficient for your […]
Most people go to work, get their paycheck, enjoy their compensated time off and never give much thought to the myriad of federal and state labor and employment laws that have enabled them to enjoy certain rights and benefits in the workplace. Both federal and state governments within the United States have enacted employment laws, which are regulations that deal with the relationship between an employee and his/her employer. A common legal question is: what are the differences, if any, […]
For many people, it is a lifelong dream to tender their notice to the boss and work for themselves. What could be better than being answerable only to you, setting your own hours, foregoing a horrendous twice-daily commute and best of all, not having to endure the endless germs that circulate around the office come Winter time? Sure you might miss the lunches with your co-workers, but you’ll get over it. If you’re thinking of bringing your dream to fruition, […]
The Great Recession of 2008 taught Americans a lot, primarily, to save more and spend less by cutting back on those little luxuries and frivolous expenses that were formerly just taken for granted. The Recession of 2008 also taught our nation a lot about the workplace. While we might have formerly thought we were not expendable, layoff notices went out and many persons were disheartened to discover we were not as important in our jobs as we thought. Still others […]
The contractual relationship between an employer and employee, in most jobs within the United States, is considered to be a two-way street. That is, either party is free to leave that particular relationship at any time. There are no legal requirements as to a “notice period” either, which means that termination, by either party, can be done without any prior notice. As to the employer, they have the right to sever that employee, with or without notice, and with or […]
If you had to take a guess about who has one of the busiest positions in a mid-sized company, what would your answer be? The big boss, i.e. the CEO or President? Well, guess again. That position which is stressful and overburdened is that of the Human Resources Director. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done and it is the lucky HR honcho who has a staff to help out. There were already enough policies […]
The law is a fascinating subject, and, even if you are not a legal scholar, there are always criminal trials making headlines in the news. There are flamboyant or famous Defendants, some whom we’ll never meet on the street, but we know of their actions, or perhaps I should say “alleged actions” and the media makes us well aware of all the sordid details and titillating tidbits to help us make up our minds whether or not that person is […]
You know it starts out innocent enough – a viral video that goes around the internet at the speed of sound. It soon is the talk at the office coffee machine, and, for those who’ve missed it, no less than a dozen people hustle back to their respective work stations to forward it along posthaste so our co-workers can see it personally. As an employer it is your job to be aware of the latest social media trends in the […]
You know you’re getting older when you start to think about socking away some money for retirement instead of enjoying that second cup of latte every day. Sure, that foamy cup of wonder gets you through a long afternoon at work, but foregoing that second treat and putting the money toward a retirement account and watching that account grow, will also give you a warm feeling inside.
Sadly the statistics don’t lie. It is estimated that some 40 to 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce courts these days. What can we attribute this to? Was the picking of a permanent partner more carefully thought out back in our parents’ day? Perhaps couples just agreed to disagree and kept a stiff upper lip and carried on with the relationship for the sake of the children. By the time the children were grown and out on their […]
Sadly, the rate for marriage ending in divorce has escalated in the past few years/decades. Once upon a time people married and stayed together, through thick and thin, for life. Often, though there were irreconcilable differences, people stayed together for the sake of the kids as they knew the turbulence of divorce and the divisiveness that results is often difficult on the kids. But sometimes the relationship becomes intolerable and you seek an exit, vowing that you will not let […]
The wedding plans are in motion and it seems that there are a million details to attend to before the big day. While you, ever the romantic, are pondering over what color butter cream roses should adorn the wedding cake, your intended tells you he has made an appointment for both of you to see a divorce attorney. “A divorce attorney?” you ask with a smirk on your face. “Why would we see a divorce attorney – we’re not even […]
The mood is just right… a romantic, candlelight dinner for two in an elegant restaurant and when the dessert arrives, there is something much sweeter than the crème brulee, as the gentleman suddenly pulls a velvet box out of his chest pocket and pops the magical question to the woman. We’ve seen enough romantic movies to know that the question is “will you marry me?” After the young lady answers in the affirmative, suddenly there are a flurry of decisions […]
Most people never give a thought to walking over to the faucet and filling a glass with sparkling clean water. Likewise, there is not much thought about the cleanliness of the water that you use to cook, brush your teeth, bathe in… even washing your clothes. That is, unless you live in the city of Flint, Michigan. By now, most U.S. residents, if not people from around the world, have heard about the plight of the people of Flint, Michigan […]
By now, you know the drill… that early morning regimen. The alarm buzzes; you hit once, maybe twice – ugh, you have to get up or you’ll be running late. Did you ever stop to think how many days of the same routine and how many days until you can retire? I’ll bet you’d be surprised to find out many people don’t look forward to retirement, especially those in careers or jobs that they really love. But, eventually, even if […]
This is not your father’s workplace when it comes to time off for dads after the birth of a child. Your dad probably had to use a personal day or vacation day for the birth of each child, and was expected back at work the next business day, passing out cigars, then his nose was right to the grindstone.
Maternity leave is one of those topics you leave on the back burner until it is time to deal with it; after all, if you’re not pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant soon, why worry about any benefits or returning to your former position after the birth of your baby, right? Did you know the United States is one of only three countries left in the world that fails to guarantee paid maternity leave? The others are Papua, New Guinea […]
Conflict is just a fact of life. Even when we were toddlers, it seems we had issues and were verbal about what we didn’t like. We argued with our siblings about our possessions and our “standing in the family”… even though being the oldest didn’t always trump other factors. Things didn’t change once we got to school either – there was always something to whine about it seems. No two people are alike and we are not cut from the […]
On Monday, November 2, 2015, President Obama introduced the concept of the “Drop the Box” initiative in a speech given at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. The President announced a new executive order which will be geared to prohibit federal agencies from requesting job applicants to reveal if they have a criminal record. This initiative is part of Mr. Obama’s overall criminal justice reform effort. The “Drop the Box” initiative would allow prospective employees not to check a box […]
You might remember when your father referred to your mother as “the little woman” or “the wife” – that was commonplace in years past and I really doubt that Dad would be able to identify his main squeeze using either phrase nowadays without raising some hackles. There are many definitions that identify someone’s significant other and recent laws have caused employer benefit policies to be revamped as a result.
By now, most Americans are familiar with the terminology “ObamaCare” or “The Affordable Care Act” – the two are interchangeable. The Affordable Care Act, often abbreviated simple as the “ACA” was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama. It was our 44th president’s goal to give everyone in the nation healthcare that was accessible and affordable. He was able to realize this dream which was fueled, in part, by his mother’s death from liver failure as […]
Social media in the workplace packs a one-two punch for employers who are often left scratching their respective heads over how to implement or enforce computer policies pertaining to their personnel. With the exception of computers replacing typewriters, there has likely been no other greater change to the workplace environment and definitely social media is here to stay.
The last bite of pumpkin pie has been enjoyed and the mouth has been duly dabbed with a napkin. The cook looks around the kitchen table with a smug feeling of satisfaction, knowing that everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day feast. She knows that soon the men will meander into the den to watch the football game while the women will don aprons and begin the massive clean-up process. Well, that little scenario might have happened before “Gray Thursday” came […]