DOL Extends Overtime Coverage for Direct Care Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has extended minimum wage and overtime coverage for certain domestic service employees who provide home health care services for the elderly, infirmed, and disabled.  The Labor Department’s new rule will go in effect on January 1, 2015. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) covers individuals employed in domestic services in […]

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Wisconsin May "Ban the Box" on Employment Applications

A recent Employment LawScene™ article discussed the EEOC’s recent heightened efforts to crack down on employers’ use of criminal background checks in making hiring decisions. As part of its efforts, the EEOC issued guidance to employers in April 2012, in which the EEOC endorsed the policy of removing questions regarding criminal conviction history from job applications as a best practice for employers.

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Will Wisconsin be Next to Ban Employers from Accessing Employee Social Media Accounts?

Wisconsin may soon join fourteen other states that have adopted laws prohibiting employers from requesting usernames and passwords to access an employee’s or job applicant’s social media accounts, including Facebook® and Twitter®.

On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor held a public hearing to discuss a bipartisan bill that would prohibit employers from accessing and monitoring the personal internet accounts of employees and job applicants….

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Supreme Court Adopts Narrow Definition of "Supervisor" in Context of Workplace Harassment Cases

On June 24, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in Vance v. Ball State University, in which it defined narrowly what it means to be a “supervisor” in the context of workplace harassment claims. The Court’s decision in Vance has been a long time coming and offers long awaited guidance…

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