Employment Law

New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2020

New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2020

By Richard I. Lehr Esq. Under a U.S. Labor Department rule, managers or professionals who earn less than $35,568 a year – $684 a week – will be eligible for overtime pay starting Jan. 1. The rule increases the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions by…

Aim to minimize risks of retaliation claims in retail

Aim to minimize risks of retaliation claims in retail

By Richard I. Lehr Esq. Retaliation is the No. 1 employment claim filed throughout the United States. That is, an employee engages in what he or she believes is a protected activity, and the employer responds with adverse treatment, therefore the…

Q&A: Social media in the workplace

Q&A: Social media in the workplace

Answers provided by employment law expert Richard I. Lehr, Esq. Can an employer limit what an employee can post on social media? Yes. Employers may prohibit employees from posting confidential business information, including information about customers, products, pricing, marketing, business strategies…

Employment Law FAQS: Workplace Bullying

Employment Law FAQS: Workplace Bullying

What behaviors constitute bullying or harassment in the workplace? “Bullying is often interspersed when the term harassment is used, but bullying in the workplace has its origins in what happened in the classic school yard bullying. So, for example, behavior that is…

Employment Law FAQs: Employee Post-Pregnancy

Employment Law FAQs: Employee Post-Pregnancy

What is an employer required to provide an employee after pregnancy? “For covered employers and eligible employees, parental or bonding leave is FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) covered. Employers do not have to provide parental or bonding leave in incremental blocks or part-time blocks. Employees…