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Hurricanes, Tornadoes & Wages: How Does Employee Pay Work during a Natural Disaster?

This week marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and serves as an important reminder for employers to ensure that their businesses are prepared to handle a natural disaster. Understandably, in the days following a natural disaster, it is easy for an employer to overlook federal and state wage and hour laws because the employer is often f...


Wage & Hour Words of Wisdom: Beware of “Connectivity” Overtime for Non-Exempt Employees

The explosion of smartphones and ease of remote connectivity has fundamentally changed the landscape of the workplace, but is it all positive for employers? Not so fast—despite productivity enhancements, beware of the increased potential wage and hour risks. Modern technology has created a virtual 24/7 connectivity for employees that arguably...


Mandatory Flu Shots: What Are the Workplace Side Effects?

October signals the beginning of flu season.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), flu activity in the United States can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May, most commonly peaking in January or February.  The CDC reports that approximately 5 to 20 percent of people get...


New Jersey Joins Growing List of States Prohibiting Employers from Demanding Social Media Passwords

Governor Chris Christie recently signed new legislation that places New Jersey on a growing list of states that prohibit private employers from requesting or requiring current or prospective employees to disclose their usernames, passwords, or any other access information for any “personal account” on a social media site, such as Twitte...


Fantasy Football Leagues in the Workplace

A sampling of Obermayer's HR Legalist Blog's recent post on fantasy football leagues in the workplace can be read here. The start of a new NFL season brings with it the start of a new fantasy football season.  According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, approximately 24.3 million people play fantasy football.   Many fantasy l...


Unpaid Internships: Avoid a FLSA Faux Pas

A sampling of Obermayer's HR Legalist Blog's recent post on unpaid internships can be read here. With the excitement of New York Fashion Week coming to a close, there is one recent trend that the fashion industry should pay particular attention to—unpaid internship lawsuits.  The fashion industry is now among a recent slew of industries...


Government Shutdown: How Does It Affect Your Pending Labor and Employment Matters?

A stalemate in Congress has caused the federal government to shutdown as of October 1, 2013.  As a result, various federal agencies that enforce labor and employment laws are shutdown or operating in a very limited capacity.  For many, the shutdown and its attendant effects will include such things as the tolling of filing deadlines, cancellation of mediations and hearings, and delays in the processing of FOIA requests.  Federal agencies have posted contingency plans for operations during the shutdown on their respective websites.  Below are the main highlights for each agency.


Lessons Learned From Networking Outside the Bar

Click this link to read the article. Lessons Learned From Networking Outside the Bar (PDF) Reprinted with permission from the January 31, 2013 edition of THE LEGAL INTELLIGENCER © 2013 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. For information, contact 347-227-3382, o...


As Stormwater Discharge Permits Proliferate, So Do Citizen Suits

Citizen suits under state and federal environmental laws are nothing new. But recent cases brought in California and Massachusetts may indicate a new trend of suits alleging violations of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) associated with stormwater discharges. These suits have several characteristics that make them attract...


The Obermayer Advisor Employment Alert - Winter 2008/2009

Inside this issue:

The Death of Secret Ballot Elections? Predicting the Future of Union Organizing Activity Under President-Elect Obama

Who is Disabled? Preparing for a New Wave of Disability Claims

Obermayer’s Wining Ways