Monthly Archives: May 2012

WHAT’S THE VERDICT ON YOUR WELLNESS PLAN?

Wellness plans have been all the rage for a number of years. Their ultimate goal is to reduce employer costs, while creating a more productive workforce. Otherwise, employers would have no interest in them. So how well are they doing? My personal experience working with many companies that either use or implement these programs tells… Read more »

TRAINING ALONE DOESN’T MEET FLSA ‘LEARNED PROFESSIONAL’ EXEMPTION

In the Ninth Circuit case, Solis v. the State of Washington, the U.S. Secretary of Labor filed a complaint against the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, alleging that the department failed to pay overtime to social workers. The DHS argument that these workers fell within the learned professional exemption failed because the degree… Read more »

TEMPORARY WORKERS, TEMPORARY RISKS

An article in the February edition of the Corporate Counsel, reviews the potential liabilities of working with temporary workers. According to the article, in July, August, and September of 2011 alone, businesses hired 53,000 new temporary workers. The article identifies five risks in hiring temps: Liability as a joint employer for numerous exposures, including wage… Read more »

HR: GETTING PAID

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has issued its summary of pay for common HR positions by company size. Because the vast majority of HR That Works member companies have fewer than 1,000 employees, I can tell you that the average full-time HR executive at these businesses make between $74,500 and $131,300. Approximately two-thirds… Read more »

WHAT EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ARE LEARNING

Here’s a partial list of training topics available this year for California employment law attorneys. This list, which applies in every state, should give businesses fair warning about some types of litigation they might face: RIFS — How to Do It Right Insider Tips and Tactics — The Art of Taking a Killer Employment Deposition… Read more »

WHO OWNS EMPLOYEES’ SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?

There is a new type of lawsuit in town: Employers and employees are fighting over ownership of Twitter handles, LinkedIn connections, Facebook pages, and more. In one case, a company sued, claiming that an executive’s Twitter followers belonged to the business and had a value of $2.50 each (for a total of $340,000). Similar lawsuits… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: FOUR BIG QUESTIONS

During a recent webinar, I asked four polling questions. The responses reveal a lot about what’s going on at companies today. 1. Do you conduct traditional performance appraisals? 75% Yes / 25% No Let me begin by saying I’m not a big fan of traditional performance appraisals. I believe that most companies continue to do… Read more »

BEWARE WHEN SHOPPING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE

While shopping for Health insurance, consumers everywhere should beware of disguised benefit plans. They are often called limited medical benefits or mini-med plans. Although they appear to offer comprehensive coverage, these plans actually might provide very inadequate compensation in the event of illness or injury. The benefits provided by these plans are not nearly the… Read more »

MATCHING FEATURES & EXPECTATIONS FOR LIFE INSURANCE

Nearly 80% of employees believe that their Life insurance coverage is adequate. However, many working men and women who have Life insurance coverage haven’t taken the time to evaluate their needs since the start of their first policy. This leaves them and their families at risk of facing trouble in the event of premature death…. Read more »