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Five mistakes employers make with FMLA

It is common for small and mid-sized employers to have employees who need to take several weeks of unpaid leave due to serious illness or a family emergency. This often means that employees will trigger that leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides employees who are eligible up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave per year. This act is designed enable employees to balance work and family responsibilities for a reasonable amount of time.

Pregnancy still impacts women’s professional advancement

Many companies have put a lot of time and effort into developing, supporting and retaining women employees. Yet the New York Times articles recently published a series articles about the plight of women in the workplace. One example zeros in on the negative impact pregnancy has upon professional advancement, pointing out that this is often the issue women bumps into before the glass ceiling, but impacts employees ranging from Wall Street executives to Walmart cashiers.

Starbucks closes for anti-bias training

The Starbuck’s coffee chain closed 8,000 stores and offices across the U.S. for three or more hours on May 29 for anti-bias training. All sites would remain closed afterwards for the rest of the day. Starting after lunch rush, an estimated 180,000 employees received a “tool kit” that focused on educating them on “prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the U.S.” According to the company, this is the first of a series that will address all types of bias and experience.

Supreme Court rules against labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of employers in resolving employee disputes. In a 5-4 decision that broke down as the conservative wing versus the liberal wing of the court, the court said that employers do have the right to insist that labor disputes should be handled individually with the employee rather than allowing workers to join together for class action lawsuits. According to USA Today, the Ruling affects an estimated 25 million workers who sign agreements to arbitrate as part of their employment contracts.

Flight attendants still subjected to sexual harassment

Jobs in the service industries can be particularly challenging. Nevertheless, flight attendants would seem to have it worse than most. Not only do they work in close quarters with customers, there is a long and continuing tradition of objectifying or sexualizing the flight attendant. While the rules for acceptable behavior have changed from the days when flight attendants were called stewardesses, apparently things have not changing fast enough to suit those in the industry.

Department of Labor hits Alabama company for $110,000

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently investigated JPO Contractors, Inc. and determined it owed $90,904 in back wages and liquidated damages to 43 employees. The company was found guilty of improperly categorizing its laborers as independent contractors instead of employees, thus creating a violation of overtime and record keeping laws. There was also a penalty of $19,737 for willful and repeated violation.

Companies Quietly Removing Marijuana From Drug Testing

The stories regarding the legalization, decriminalization and medicinal application of marijuana have become commonplace in recent years. While much of the West Coast, Colorado and parts of the Northeast have legalized pot for recreational use, many states like Georgia have not changed their laws.

Do you own a business? Don’t forget these deductions

The tax deadline has rolled around yet again, and business owners are looking for every possible method to reduce the amount they owe. Taxes can take a hefty chunk out of a business’s earnings. It is necessary for business owners of large and small companies alike to take advantage of every possible option to save money on their taxes.

Consider your options for filing business taxes

Being a business owner is hectic enough without the hassle of filing your annual business taxes. The filing deadline is fast approaching, and many entrepreneurs are groaning at the thought of their complicated returns. Still, it is a necessary process that every business must go through. As the old saying goes, the only sure things in this world are death and taxes. Fortunately, business owners have a few different options when it comes to filing business taxes.

What should an LLC’s operating agreement include?

Drafting an operating agreement is an important step in running an LLC. Your company’s operating agreement will lay out the ground rules for day-to-day operations and members’ responsibilities. Some business owners choose to bypass an operating agreement, to their company’s detriment.

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