Recent Blog Posts
- HR Tech and People Analytics: An Interview with Howard Gerver, President and Founder HR Best Practices Howard Gerver is a self-proclaimed human capital data geek. His “day job” specializes in finding innovative and practical ways to save money by identifying “golden nuggets” mined from Big HR Data sets, such as claims and human capital data. A lot of this work includes analytics, claim auditing and eligibility auditing. His “nights and weekend” job focuses on helping clients leverage their HR, Benefits, Leave and Time & Attendance data to help improve compliance with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Throughout... More
- ADA Trial Verdict Is Not Good for Places of Public Accommodation Our colleague Joshua A. Stein, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green, has a post on the Retail Labor and Employment Law blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “Nation’s First Website Accessibility ADA Trial Verdict Is In and It’s Not Good for Places of Public Accommodation.”
Following is an excerpt:
After years of ongoing and frequent developments on the website accessibility front, we now finally have – what is generally believed... More
- FTC Warns Employers: Keep Background Check Disclosures Simple The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued guidance discussing certain disclosure and authorization requirements that employers must satisfy prior to obtaining background screening reports for prospective employees. If your company obtains background information to screen prospective employees, now is a good time to make sure you are complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).
Under the FCRA, background screening reports are either “consumer reports” or “investigative consumer reports” when they are used for employment purposes and include information bearing on... More
- Creating the Workplace of Tomorrow – Culture and Shared Values at the Core Growing a company from the ground-up can be immensely rewarding but also challenging. With the proliferation of start-up companies in this Digital Age, the question is often asked how a business can grow from a handful of like-minded individuals with a common goal while maintaining its culture and staying in compliance with a myriad of laws that impact its operations and workplace. On May 17, 2017, Epstein Becker Green’s TMT service team was delighted to co-host with WeWork Dumbo Heights... More
- NYSDOL Appeals Decision Revoking Payroll Debit Card and Direct Deposit Regulations On April, 24, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) has filed an appeal to the February 16, 2017 decision by the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals (“Board”). The Board’s ruling held that the NYSDOL’s regulations regarding employer payments via payroll debit cards and direct deposit were invalid, thereby revoking the regulations, which were set to become effective on March 7, 2017. While the regulations remain ineffective, we will continue to provide updates on New York’s... More
- Potential Impact of Trump Tax Reform Plan on Retirement Plans Our colleague Sharon L. Lippett, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green, has a post on the Financial Services Employment Law blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “Potential Impact of Trump Tax Reform Plan on Retirement Plans: What’s Old Could Be New Again.”
Following is an excerpt:
While Congress’ attention has most recently been focused on the American Health Care Act, that bill will most likely not be the only proposed... More
- Trump Administration’s April 18, 2017 Executive Order on the H-1B Process On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Trump Administration signed an Executive Order (“EO”) titled, Buy American and Hire American. The EO directs the US Departments of Labor, Justice, State, and Homeland Security to look into ways to reform the current H-1B process used by companies, but in particular, the hi-tech industry, to prevent fraud and abuse. Nothing in this EO’s wording changes or limits the current H-1B visa program. Any future EO that tries to drastically change the current H-1B... More
- Do Companies Aid and Abet Discrimination by Conducting Background Checks on Independent Contractors? Our colleagues Patrick G. Brady and Julie Saker Schlegel, at Epstein Becker Green, have a post on the Retail Labor and Employment Law blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “Beyond Joint Employment: Do Companies Aid and Abet Discrimination by Conducting Background Checks on Independent Contractors?”
Following is an excerpt:
Ever since the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued its August 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., holding two entities may be... More
- A Founder’s Decision to Sell: Considerations for Obtaining Sustained Value for a Life’s Work Many of the most successful businesses are the product of the investment of its founder’s time, energy and money. Often, this investment may be the most significant source of their retirement income or personal wealth. Yet at some point, whether due to political or market conditions, or more personal reasons, it may become time to sell the business and unlock the value of this investment.
Here are some important considerations for selling a closely held business, especially for those founders who have... More
- Thinx Again: Another Start-Up In Trouble After Prioritizing Culture Over HR In the latest HR headline from the start-up world, the offending executive doesn’t fit the typical mold, but the lesson remains the same: don’t ignore human resources.
Miki Agrawal, the self-proclaimed “SHE-eo” of THINX, and her “boundary pushing” workplace demeanor are the focus of a New York City Commission on Human Rights complaint by the former head of public relations, Chelsea Leibow. Leibow alleges that Agrawal created a hostile work environment through her constant discussion of sex, nudity around employees, and... More