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Gauging the Impact of Browning-Ferris
Employers may need to start re-examining some well-entrenched models -- such as contingent labor -- in light of the recent NLRB "joint-employer" decision.
Rethinking Class-Action Requirements
A recent 4th Circuit ruling in South Carolina could influence other courts to ease class-action certification requirements in the future.
Should Lawyers Get Overtime?
As the question is debated in court whether lawyers and other "learned professionals" are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act's rules on overtime pay, experts say the answer could have expensive implications for organizations.
The New Mr. Mom
A new survey finds more than half of young new fathers are taking advantage of their employers' parental-leave policies following the birth of a child, but experts say companies need to emphasize to both genders that there is no career disadvantage to making use of such programs.
The Curious Question of Cultural Fit
Discussions around cultural fit at an organization can sometimes involve certain euphemisms for what amounts to justifying prejudice, or at least, bias. Wharton experts debate whether cultural fit is simply a qualification for hiring or perhaps a disguise for bias.
Balancing Freedoms in the Workplace
A recent lawsuit filed in Michigan raises questions about how an employer can balance employees' religious freedoms with employees' sexual orientations.
Discrimination or Common Sense?
A recent appeals court ruling overturning an NLRB decision that favored workers wearing defamatory shirts in the workplace may signal a pushback against the Board's pro-workers agenda, experts say.
Get Ready for Quickie NLRB Elections
Here are 10 steps HR leaders should take to ensure their organizations are not caught off-guard by the National Labor Relations Board's new rules on union-election petitions.
The ADA at 25
It's now been a quarter century since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. Experts discuss the impact the ADA has had in its first 25 years, and how the Act figures to affect employers in the years ahead.
What's Your Disability Equality Index Score?
Approximately one in five people in the United States has some form of disability. Now, a new tool can help employers improve the effectiveness of their disability-inclusion practices.
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Question: I run two small but successful restaurants. While business has been good, costs are high, so margins are always tight. We are always looking for ways to lower our expenses. We pay the hourly staff minimum wage, but they often make much more than that after tips. May we change our hourly rate to below minimum wage since the tips often bring them over that threshold?