While an ever-growing number of states permit the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational reasons, the federal government, through the Controlled Substances Act, still considers marijuana to be unlawful. In fact, only four states align with federal law; all other states make marijuana usage permissible in some way. And this landscape makes my job […]
In the past few years, the political tide in Europe has changed as left-leaning governments have triumphed in several countries — Spain, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and
Portugal. Time and again, employment law is where the political shift is most visible. The consequence of this for temporary work is that these newly elected governments […]
For more than two years, Covid-19 has consumed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s operations. However, as society continues to revert to a pre-pandemic sense of normalcy, so has the agency. This means seeing more inspections and more citations issued in the near future across more industries — including the staffing industry — due to […]
As SIA recognizes honorees of its 40 Under 40 list of staffing professionals, it seems fitting to explore how in-house counsel can best serve their organizations while also rising to the top. Not everyone seeks to become a general counsel, and even if that is your current posture, there is still reason to play your […]
There is a well-known business maxim: Start with the end in mind. For most owners of staffing firms, the end is a successful exit. With this touchstone in mind, it becomes easier to distinguish between the important legal and compliance issues (what will impede a successful exit) from the unimportant (i.e., don’t sweat the small […]
Staffing firms doing business in Massachusetts have long awaited clarification on when they could be held liable for wage act violations as a joint employer when placing independent contractors with clients located in the state. Would the stringent ABC test under the state’s independent contractor law apply, or the more employerfriendly standard under the Fair […]
Recently, several stories have emerged in the media accusing nurse staffing firms of “price gouging,” especially in regard to travel nurses. Those charges are unfounded. As the pandemic continues and demand-driven costs increase, medical facilities, especially nursing homes, are finding it increasingly difficult to hire their own healthcare staff and are having to turn to […]
Since this issue focuses on women in the industry, it’s fitting to ask: How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted women in the workplace and women in staffing, and what might it mean for employers and the staffing industry legally?
The biggest change we have seen in the workplace has been the rise of remote work. Pre-Covid, […]
Artificial intelligence plays an increasingly prominent role in the employment lifecycle from recruiting and onboarding to on-the-job training, personal development and even dismissals. In general, AI has been developed and deployed with very little oversight. However, given its reach and impact, there is a shift toward greater restrictions and regulation globally.
In December 2020, the Labour […]
Employers and their in-house legal departments faced novel challenges this past year as they navigated the Covid-19 pandemic and a fully remote workforce.
Now, as state and local restrictions ease, employers are once again charting a new course — this time, how to bring employees back into the office safely. Employers must evaluate certain legal considerations […]