5 Performance Review Best Practices

Performance reviews are an annual ritual for many employers, but their usefulness has been debated for years. To make sure you—and your employees—get the most out of performance reviews, follow these five tips. 1. Perform formal evaluations at the same time for everyone each year. While this increases the workload of managers and supervisors during … Continue reading 5 Performance Review Best Practices

Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, Michigan substantially amended its Paid Medical Leave Act (Act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees beginning in March 2019. Key changes to the Act include the following: The paid sick leave requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees (instead of all employers); … Continue reading Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?

There are a number of different federal employment laws that have their own rules for covered employers. Employers should be aware of the federal employment laws that may apply to their company. An employer’s size, or number of employees, is a key factor in determining which federal employment laws the employer must comply with. Some … Continue reading Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?

Obama-era Guidance on Marijuana Friendly Legislation Rescinded by Justice Department

On Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded guidance from the Obama administration that adopted non-interference policies with marijuana-friendly state legislations. Although many states have either legalized or decriminalized marijuana use, federal law still considers marijuana to be an illegal drug. The main Obama-era directive that is being rescinded is known as the … Continue reading Obama-era Guidance on Marijuana Friendly Legislation Rescinded by Justice Department

DOL Announces New Standard for Unpaid Interns

OVERVIEW On Jan. 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would adopt a new standard for determining whether interns and students are “employees” who must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL clarified that, going forward, it would abandon its six-part test and instead adopt the “primary … Continue reading DOL Announces New Standard for Unpaid Interns

English-only Policies in the Workplace

There is no doubt that in order for business to be conducted efficiently, workers must be able to communicate with each other. To avoid issues, some employers may decide to implement a workplace policy that requires all workers to speak English at all times. However, implementing such a blanket policy on employee communication is likely … Continue reading English-only Policies in the Workplace

Final FLSA overtime rule published early?

The final rule on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the FLSA overtime exemptions may be published sooner than the anticipated July 2016 date. On March 14, the DOL sent the final draft of the rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB),  indicating a faster timeline than what was anticipated. The … Continue reading Final FLSA overtime rule published early?

Tips for Implementing Progressive Discipline

Progressive discipline is a system that provides increasingly severe warnings for repeated employee conduct that either disregards the employer’s policies and procedures or fails to fulfill performance expectations. Using a system of progressive discipline in reaction to poor performance or rule violations can help employers avoid employee legal claims (for example, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, … Continue reading Tips for Implementing Progressive Discipline