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Question: My employees meet at the designated work location. Upon arrival, their foreman tells them the location of the worksite for that day. Some of the employees do not own vehicles and carpool with their co-workers from the designated work location to the assigned worksite. Do I have to pay employees for the travel to the assigned worksite and separately reimburse the employees who use their own vehicles?

Answer: Yes. The employer must compensate the employees for travel time between the worksites and separately reimburse employees who use their own vehicles to travel from the designated location to the assigned worksite for mileage.

The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") rules that McDonald's, USA, LLC ("McDonald's") can be liable as a joint employer with its franchise operators for labor law and wage and hour violations.

In investigating the charges alleging McDonald's franchisees and McDonald's violated the rights of employees as a result of activities surrounding employee protests in an effort to increase employee wages, the NLRB found that 43 of the 181 charges had merit and McDonald's will be named as a respondent if the parties are unable to reach a settlement.

On July 1, 2014, new Farm Labor Contractor (“FLC”) regulations regarding the FLC license application and compliance promulgated by the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (“DLSE”) went into effect. A complete list of new amended and adopted regulations can be found HERE. Based on the new regulations, the DLSE also updated the corresponding application forms. The updated forms can be found HERE.

Some of the major changes and a brief summary of the amended and adopted regulations are outlined below. For more information, please click HERE to visit the DLSE website.

MAJOR CHANGES

Here at SLG we see all types of cases yet we are often surprised at the lengths employees and former employees will go to “get even” with their employers. We have been seeing a surge in cases in which the employee has, or claims to have, an audio recording of his employer or manager saying compromising things. These employees may be driven by a sense of being wronged by their employer, a sense of entitlement, or just plain greed and they are enabled by cheap and ubiquitous technology (smart phones). You need to know what your rights are with respect to confidential recordings and how to create an employment environment where such recordings do not take place.

The following was written by Vince Calio, Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess and published on MSN Money

State of the unions

The percentage of American workers in unions remained effectively unchanged last year. This marks a departure from the nation’s long-term trend: In the past 30 years, union membership has dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11.2 percent last year.

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