Equal pay for women is one of the hottest issues facing businesses across the country. The question was fueled over the past few months by a lawsuit filed by members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, which claims the U.S. Soccer Federation pays the men’s national team more.
President Trump recently announced that his choice for the new Secretary of Labor is Eugene Scalia. If that name sounds familiar, it is likely because he is the son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Also an attorney, Eugene Scalia was a recess appointment as the top lawyer in the Labor Department under George W. Bush and also worked at the Department of Justice under Attorney General Barr during his first time in this role under George Bush, Sr.
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team (USWST) won their second straight World Cup Championship and fourth overall on July 7, 2019, in a 2-0 win over the Netherlands. Their brilliant play as the dominant team of their era was matched by the scrutiny over the brash nature of their post-goal celebrations, lack of interest in going to the White House and equal pay for their work, success and popularity.
Hewlett Packard Enterprises is one of many tech companies here in California that is facing class-action lawsuits over the payment of female employees. Other companies facing accusations include Oracle, Google and Twitter.
A vast majority of business owners or managers will say that terminating employees is the hardest part of the job. Even under the most business-like of circumstances where laying off staff was necessary, it can be emotional and unpleasant. This can then be followed by an expensive and time-consuming wrongful termination suit.
Americans are living longer these days, and many look to stay employed past the traditional age of retirement, either because of economic necessity or because they enjoy working. Despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, there is mounting evidence that some employers or hiring managers are adhering to an old habit of avoiding new hires who are middle-aged and up, particularly women.
Paid-leave and parental-leave policies are becoming increasingly common, either through states with leave policies in place or offered as part of employment packages. These can provide many welcome benefits, including retaining top-tier talent. However, temporary or long-term holes in staffing will likely have a broad impact on a business.
The Department of Labor under President Trump overturned some Obama-era rules regarding companies’ use of contractors or freelancers by tech-based companies. There is now a recent clarification from the DOL’s Wage and Hourly Division reiterates earlier language about the Fair Standards and Labor Act (FLSA) in response to workers at a specific virtual marketplace company, but could also apply to the current issues involving Lyft or Uber as well as other digital platform marketplaces.
It is hard to remember life before ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft arrived, but it was practically impossible to hail a cab outside of major metropolitan areas. Now the presence of these app-based services is a given, with nearly 4 million drivers in 700 towns and cities around the world. There is, however, ongoing tension between the contract employee drivers and the companies they work for.
The #MeToo movement has undoubtedly impacted the lives of celebrities and athletes or those that work with them, but it also affects business culture in other fields as well. This means that codes of conduct at restaurants and manufacturing facilities have changed (or need to). It can also mean changes for executives who are used to large severance packages when they leave. Severance agreements should now have much more detailed language based on those codes of conduct.