Wyoming News & Analysis

  • Offering benefits that exceed FMLA's mandate while avoiding pitfalls

    On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter considering whether employers violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by expanding the amount of leave given to an employee before designating it as FMLA-protected. This article considers two common FMLA pitfalls addressed in the DOL's opinion letter: (1) communicating to employees about benefits that exceed FMLA requirements and (2) waiting to designate leave as FMLA-protected.

  • Know the legal issues you face when employees work past 65

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 69 are still employed. That number has been steadily rising, and it's expected to reach 36 percent over the next five years.

  • Walmart greeter fiasco provides important employment lessons

    Have you ever walked into a Walmart and been greeted by an employee—frequently disabled or elderly—who seemed to have no responsibilities other than to welcome customers to the store? Did you ever wonder what the point of the position was or why a corporation the size of Walmart would pay so many people to do it?

  • Trust—cornerstone for high performance culture

    A CEO for a privately held telecommunications company just learned the results of a recent corporate culture survey. Only forty percent of her employees responded favorably in the category of "Employee Engagement." She was disappointed and frustrated, recognizing the impact of high employee engagement on achieving operational excellence. The initiatives that she implemented within the past year to boost commitment had failed. She didn't know what to do next.

  • FMLA might require leave to care for employee's adult daughter

    Q One of our employees is caring for her daughter (over the age of 18) because of complications from childbirth. Does care of a child over 18 qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

  • Workplace Trends

    Most professionals negotiate salary offers, survey finds. Research from staffing firm Robert Half finds that 55% of professionals surveyed tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last employment offer, a 16-point jump from a similar survey released in 2018. Among workers in the 28 U.S. cities polled, Miami, San Diego, and San Francisco had the most respondents who asked for more pay, while Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Cleveland had the fewest. A separate survey showed that 70% of senior managers said they expect some back-and-forth on salary. About six in 10 are more open to negotiating compensation than they were a year ago.

  • 2019 Wyoming legislative wrap-up

    The Wyoming Legislature has adjourned its 2019 session after considering—and rejecting—several employment law measures.

  • A treatment plan for negative online employee reviews

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported on its discovery that, after analyzing millions of online reviews of various companies by their current and former employees, it appeared that more than 400 employers might be gaming the system. Each of the companies experienced unusually large single-month increases in the number of reviews posted by their employees to the jobs website Glassdoor. The surges tended to be disproportionately positive not only for the months in which they occurred but also by comparison to the surrounding months. The clear implication was that someone in a position of authority at the companies had spearheaded a campaign to get employees to post positive reviews to the site in an effort to counteract the overwhelmingly negative ones already posted.

  • OSHA reverses course on electronic reporting requirements

    In what has become a familiar refrain for anyone paying attention, the Trump administration has once again pulled back employment-related regulations that had been established or expanded during the Obama administration. This time, the regulations at issue required establishments that are subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) record-keeping requirements to submit information about work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA electronically. To understand the significance of the change, a quick review of the nature and history of the agency's reporting requirements may be helpful.

  • Moonlighting is more common than you think

    According to a report from Adobe, one in three office workers moonlights. The report indicates that moonlighters tend to be happier and more optimistic than workers who don't hold down a second job. The top reasons for moonlighting include pursuing a passion (e.g., accountant by day, lead guitarist in a band on the weekends), expanding networking opportunities, gaining new skills to help shift careers, obtaining more experience in a current career trajectory, helping others, having fun, engaging in social interaction with others, and increasing financial security by not being bound to one company.