COVID Provoked COBRA Changes

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) gives workers who lose their health benefits and their families the right to choose to continue group health benefits for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death and divorce. Qualified individuals may be required to … Read more

Unpaid Labor at Drug Rehab Programs

According to investigative reporter Shoshana Walter: In response to the American Rehab series from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin have asked the US Government Accountability Office to investigate unpaid labor at drug rehab programs. In their letter, the senators state that working people without pay violates federal law. “Requiring … Read more

Another Trap for Business Owners: Misclassifying Workers

It’s imperative that businesses classify their employees properly for legal (and moral) reasons. Let’s consider the factors that determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor and, if an employee, whether the worker is exempt from pay rate regulations. W-2 Employee or 1099 Independent Contractor Government taxing and labor agencies are both … Read more

Non-Competes: Sword and Shield

Restrictive covenants – agreements not to do certain things – are common in employment agreements. The most common: non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-competition. Let’s talk about non-competition agreements or non-competes. Companies often ask employees to sign non-competes. Their basic purpose is to protect the employer when (inevitably?) the employee moves on to other (greener?) pastures, by … Read more