Recording Virtual Meetings: Opportunity or Pitfall? It’s all in the Policy.

The “new norm” has replaced in-person meetings with video-conferencing through WebEx, Skype, Google Meet, Zoom and other similar platforms.  The ease of recording virtual meetings brings new opportunities for business: for instance, meetings are now more accessible for remote or time-shifting workers; and recordings can now serve in place of copious (and often incomplete orContinue reading “Recording Virtual Meetings: Opportunity or Pitfall? It’s all in the Policy.”

When are “Independent Contractors” Really “Employees”? The DOL Unveils Proposed New Test

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), the agency tasked with enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, has long applied a six-factor “economic reality” test to distinguish between employees and independent contractors. Today, the DOL unveiled proposed regulations intended to clarify and streamline the existing test into a new 5-factor “economic realities” test.  Under the newContinue reading “When are “Independent Contractors” Really “Employees”? The DOL Unveils Proposed New Test”

Two Cases Exemplifying the Value of Positive Employee Relations

If you like positive employee relations, you might be interested in two legal developments I saw today. First, an NYC employee alleged that her company’s parental leave was misleading: she claimed the policy appeared to offer more weeks of protected leave than it actually did. Second, the 7th circuit ruled that a gay employee was permitted toContinue reading “Two Cases Exemplifying the Value of Positive Employee Relations”