How to Respond to a Whistleblower

Check out my most recent article published in the Investment Advisor Association IAA Newsletter: August 2014— co-authored by by Paul Huey-Burns (one of the nation’s leading advocates on behalf of individuals and businesses involved in investigations by the SEC or other securities regulators) and Megan Raker (a summer associate at our firm, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.)…. More

Wage Violations May Exclude You From Federal Government Contract Work

The New York Times just reported that President Obama will sign an Executive Order requiring companies to disclose recent wage and hour law violations (within the past three years), and will then encourage agencies not to contract with companies that violate these laws. This likely means that the online representations and certifications that contractors complete through… More

FRANCHISORS BEWARE: You May Be Liable for the Labor Misdeeds of your Franchisees

Yesterday, to the shock of McDonalds and all other franchising companies, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dramatically revised its definition of a “joint employer” and determined that franchisors can be responsible for ensuring that the companies to whom they sell a franchise comply with all labor laws.  At issue were 43 different unfair labor… More

Harsh Liability Likely for Government Contractors that Violate the FLSA

A bill approved on July 10, 2014 by the House of Representatives includes an amendment that would prohibit all energy and water development agencies and other related agencies from working with contractors who have committed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations within the past 5 years.  Under current law all government contractors can already be… More

Facebook Shaming is Almost Never a Good Idea

An Indiana company recently found itself on the losing end of a courtroom battle over a Facebook post.  The dispute started when an employee decided to praise one co-worker and shame his colleague in connection with injury, recovery, and return to work.   Specifically, the co-worker posted: Isn’t [it] amazing how Jimmy experienced a 5 way… More

DC Minimum Wage Increase

Washington, DC minimum wage is now $9.50 per hour.  Also worth noting — minimum wage in DC will go up $1 each year until it reaches $11.50 in 2016. The new law does not impact the minimum wage for employees subject to a tip credit in DC.