How UK businesses can cut staff costs during the corona crisis and still retain talent

By:  Peter Finding, London Partner

SEVEN WAYS TO CUT STAFF COSTS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Cashflow is a major concern for businesses during the coronavirus crisis.  The vast majority are looking to cut staff costs in order to survive the coronavirus pandemic, and indeed prosper once normality is restored. But what if you have a talented workforce who […]

Confused About the Paycheck Protection Program Under the CARES Act?

We can help! My law partners Paul Economon and Jess Bahs and I penned this summary of the basic provisions of Title I of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) under the CARES Act. I bequeath it to you here, with a little extra from me.

NEW LOAN PROGRAM

CARES creates a new Business Loan Program category for […]

How Can Smaller Businesses Battling Cash Flow Concerns Comply with FFCRA?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

We are all engaged in the new practice of social distancing in order to try to stem the tide of COVID-19 incidence. It’s not easy, that’s for sure.

(Here in my house, I am worried that my youngest child, a 15 year-old boy, may be killed outright by his older sisters—they would like […]

Employers, COVID-19 Does Not Nullify Privacy Or Other Data Security Laws

I send you into this weekend with a guest post by Marty Robins, one of our amazing Privacy Group partners in Illinois. An expert in all things data privacy, Marty and I talked this week (and last) about the effect of the Coronavirus on data privacy issues.

With the current focus on preventing the spread of […]

The Down and Dirty Breakdown of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act—CLARIFICATION

Late last night, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law. Honestly, I could write a five-page description of everything that this law provides and does not provide, but that’s not how I roll, and I think you want to read about this in plain English.

So, here we go, in bullet point format […]

Do We Have To Pay Our Employees If We Send Them Home Because Of The Coronavirus?

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Yesterday, two very different employers asked me how the heck they pay employees who are not working. What do they do? Their businesses may suffer considerable losses, or they fear losing their workforce if they do not pay their employees. What are employers’ obligations?

Exempt or Nonexempt, That Is The First Question

This is […]

Employee-Friendly California Provides Specific Guidance to Employers About Leave and Pay Related To COVID-19

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

On March 5, 2020, in a FisherBroyles client alert, I provided some answers to several pressing general questions that employers might have about managing their workforce during this turbulent time. If you missed the alert, you can read it here. If we know one thing about this Coronavirus or COVID-19, we know […]

A Harasser for All Seasons

Now here’s a manager who seemingly has no issue with harassing women, African Americans and foreign-born employees. And now the company, an Ithaca, N.Y. manufacturer, is settling the EEOC’s case which alleged sex, race and national origin discrimination, for $93,000.

Nothing seemed beneath him: as the EEOC claimed, a noose for the only […]

Carving Out An Enforceable Noncompete In The 4th Circuit

By: Amy Epstein Gluck

Employers having trouble enforcing their noncompetes may have a better chance in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—at least in Maryland—by adopting a more novel approach: condition the noncompete on the receipt of incentive payments pursuant to a clear incentive plan with defined goals, instead of relying on […]

Is one “N-word” severe enough to constitute a hostile work environment? A reader adds A surprising twist

Almost four years ago, I posted a piece asking how many how many times an African-American employee must endure the sight of a hanging noose, or suffer other crude and offensive racial or other epithets, for the situation to become a hostile work environment and racial harassment.

The question was: is one “N-word” sufficiently severe?

Under existing […]