West Marine Products, which operates a chain of retail stores across the United States specializing in boating supply and fishing equipment, recently settled a class action lawsuit involving 707 former non-exempt employees. Over a five-year period, the company underpaid employees by a total of $18, 828. The settlement amount: $435,000!
The on-demand economy has just had its first employee classification casualty.
On-demand cleaning services company
Homejoy will shut its doors for good at the end of this month. And the media were quick to swoop on the fact that a deciding factor was Homejoy’s pending lawsuits over its classification of workers as independent contractors.
The Secretary at the US Department of Labor, Tom Perez, has said that the US is “distressingly behind the curve” on paid sick leave, vacation leave and parental leave. It’s certainly been no secret that the US is the world’s only wealthy nation that does not mandate a minimum for taking time off - almost four out of 10 private sector workers (or 43.5 million workers) across the country have no sick leave at all.
With summer at our doorstep, graduates are actively seeking to get their foot in the door in the corporate world, and businesses are looking to recruit interns to support their learning and career development, as well as possibly hire employees longer term.
Most organizations have recognized that we have been in the midst of an accelerating – and evolving – mobile transformation in the workplace for some time. While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs were all the rage a few years ago, analyst firm
Gartner predicts that by 2016, 38 percent of companies will stop providing devices to workers and by 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes.
Business software goes from on-premise to the Cloud
In the last two or three decades, business practices and processes have gone through a sea change due to the widespread use of software to perform financial, payroll, marketing and administrative tasks. On the other hand, certain processes haven’t changed a whole lot at many companies, such as time and attendance tracking, for example.
HR Tech Europe looked like a good event to go to this year for a number of reasons. What piqued our interest was:
1. That HR Tech is an up and coming event (this year being the 3rd held in London).
Why is this interesting? It is indicative of HR practitioners becoming more confident with identifying their technology requirements and the sourcing of. And they’re not always doing it in conjunction with the IT department...
In December 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) made a significant ruling on how holiday pay should be calculated for employees who work overtime. The ruling came out of the dispute between Bear Scotland v. Fulton, in which the plaintiffs contended that their non-guaranteed overtime should be included in their holiday pay.
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