Employment Laws to Take Effect in New Year

The COVID-era has brought many challenges for employers and employees alike when it comes to employment laws. Going into the new year, some states are enacting new legislation that centers on how to better distinguish independent contractors from employees, safety related changes, and leave requirements. Below are descriptions of new …

Independent Contractors vs. Employees: Impact on Franchising

The distinction between independent contractors and employees in the wage and hour context is not new.  For decades, courts across the country have wrestled with how to legally define these relationships and distinguish them.  Over time, this has resulted in several versions of a similar legal framework and tests that …

Tracking Hours Worked Remotely

On August 24, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Field Assistance Bulletin in order to provide guidance regarding employers’ obligation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to make and maintain accurate records of any employees who worked remotely as in away from any worksite or …