AFFORDABLE CARE ACT/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is considered to be the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in a generation; and its impact on American businesses will be felt for far more generations to come.
The complexity of the law is daunting, particularly as it relates to the Staffing Industry and its contingent workforce. We have developed the depth of knowledge and experience to proficiently guide your staffing firm through the Act — from helping you to understand the myriad obligations to limiting your exposure to increased costs, penalties and taxes.
EMPLOYEE POLICIES AND HANDBOOKS
An employee handbook is an essential tool for any successful business, especially for staffing firms. A properly crafted handbook helps to better manage resources, especially staff, in order to optimize the workplace. The compilation of policies, procedures, working conditions, and behavioral expectations guide employee actions. Properly crafted, the handbook can also help to protect you from potential lawsuits, such as harassment, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims.
WAGE AND HOUR COMPLIANCE/AUDITS
We have represented staffing clients that have been subjected to compliance audits, and have successfully negotiated favorable settlements. We have resolved issues including: failure to pay minimum wage and overtime; state and federal prevailing wage violations; record keeping disputes and failure to properly account for time; and misclassification of non-exempt employees and independent contractor status.
These issues are made more complex in the Staffing Industry given joint employer status and the fact that a staffing firm may be held liable for the sins of its customers. Our attorneys guide our staffing clients through audits as well as workplace lawsuits, including wage and hour class action suits that have become so wide-spread.
Becker Meisel’s attorneys assist employers in efficient and effective management of many of their immigration policies in order to avoid immigration-related liability. Our attorneys help maneuver through the complexities of work authorization and non-immigrant Visa services, including F1 and H1B Visas, e-verify and other immigration matters.
SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE
Social media has exploded as an invaluable tool in the Staffing Industry, but it has also left agencies unsure about how to regulate its use in the workplace.
Our staffing clients have many questions in this area, such as:
Is asking applicants/candidates for access to their social media accounts appropriate?
Who owns the information contained on social media sites?
What are the necessary confidentiality considerations in social media use?
Is employee social media use a protected activity?
Social media law is still in flux, and the answers to these questions require experienced counsel. Becker Meisel offers cutting edge advice to arm staffing firms with the knowledge to reap the benefits of social media, while avoiding potential liability.
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