From the files marked, “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” we observe Labor Day this year with remembrance of the Pullman Railcar Strike of 1894 whose events led to the formalization of Labor Day as a federal holiday. We’ll then examine the cyclical nature of things and how prevailing labor practices of that time resemble those of today’s Gig Economy.
Aug 29, 2018 2:32:41 PM
Aug 8, 2018 11:14:16 AM
One of these days, there will be a definitive higher court ruling on whether Uber must treat its drivers as employees or independent contractors. At that time, the precedent will be firmly established regarding whether Uber drivers should be considered “employees” or “contractors.” The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Uber and drivers seeking redress for what they claim are abuses of worker classification regulations played out in a New York State courtroom recently. Here’s what the latest ruling means and some possible ramifications of the ruling.
May 23, 2018 3:09:29 PM
A full 65% of executives responding to a survey by SAP Fieldglass say that the external workforce is essential to their organizations’ ability to operate at full capacity. Nearly half of respondents reported they’d be unable to conduct business as usual without it! If nothing else, these results underscore the extent to which the contingent workforce has become standard operating procedure for all modern businesses.
Feb 22, 2018 9:33:06 AM
There are lots of ways for an organization to run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The news in HR circles has, for years, contained regular news stories about FLSA lawsuits and the frequently massive payouts/settlements the offending organizations were made to pay to make their wronged employees whole. What follows are the Top 10 most expensive FLSA lawsuits of 2017. Reading this list, of household name brands drives home just how pervasive the challenges are for companies of all sizes when it comes to driving compliance. Particularly with regard to overtime pay. First, go ahead and read the list.
Oct 30, 2017 3:04:33 PM
Neither ghouls, goblins or ghosts strike as much fear into the hearts of workforce management practitioners as does the specter of a costly worker misclassification audit by the IRS, DOL or state. We have all read the gruesome tales of multi-million-dollar judgments against FedEx, Microsoft, Uber and other top-tier businesses. But this is a problem that can haunt mid-market organizations just as frighteningly as the big guys. State after state has recently announced the deployment of new efforts to rein in rampant IC misclassification abuses and improved linkages/information sharing with the feds. Here are some of the latest.
Jun 9, 2017 10:38:50 AM
In 2015 and 2016, the healthcare industry saw an unprecedented spike in mergers and acquisitions. With ever-tightening profit margins, healthcare companies are consolidating to gain greater economies of scale and increase purchasing power. So far this year, the record-breaking trend has continued with high profile mergers between large organizations like Baptist Memorial Healthcare and Mississippi Baptist Health, which merged to create one of the county’s largest nonprofits. Cardinal Health bought Medtronic’s Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency businesses for $2.1 billion. OptumCare acquired Surgical Care Affiliates for an eye-popping $2.3 billion. While all this healthcare M&A activity may be good for the bottom line, it also opens the door to risks that could put these savings and efficiencies at considerable risk.
May 9, 2017 11:21:22 AM
Growth in the utilization of temporary labor in manufacturing comes with a corresponding increase in risk for audit by the Department of Labor. Is your plant at risk for a DOL audit? If so, what can you do to protect your organization?
Apr 3, 2017 12:02:04 PM
Recognition, in all of its forms, is critical to creating a strong corporate culture and sense of team chemistry within an organization. There are many different approaches to recognition – from formal corporation-wide programs – to individual conversations between a manager and employee. To follow are study results that reveal the important role that recognition plays in corporate culture along with some strategies to get you started.