January 2018 Archives

How workers can adapt as they age

At one point, employers looked at older employees as bastions of knowledge and wisdom. Today, they may be seen as weak and ineffective. For some older workers in Tennessee companies, it may be possible to avoid the negative perceptions that employers may have about them. In fact, there may be some steps that may be taken to counter the belief that older workers are ineffective or not qualified to do a job.

Working off the clock? It's probably illegal

If you are working in Nashville and your employer asks you to work off the clock, he might be committing an illegal act. In fact, for most workers, it is against the law for them to work without pay, even if they choose to do so. Some employers convince their employees to work off the clock in order to avoid paying higher overtime rates. However, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) makes this illegal.

Sexual harassment and teenage workers

While most Tennessee workers are aware of laws against sexual harassment in the workplace, teenagers at their first jobs might be less knowledgeable and more vulnerable. They might not have a strong awareness of what constitutes sexual harassment or what to do if it occurs. The American Association of University Women did a survey and found that more than half of girls in high school said they had experienced sexual harassment while working during the school year.

Polls show sexual harassment not clearly defined

According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2017, 22 percent of women surveyed said that they had experienced sexual harassment at work. In an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 23 percent of respondents said that they had experienced such harassment at the hands of a powerful man. In a poll conducted by Gallup in October 2017, 42 percent of respondents said that they had experienced sexual harassment in general. These results might be of interest to Tennessee employees.

Women in STEM fields report higher levels of discrimination

Some Tennessee women who work in STEM careers may have experienced on-the-job discrimination. A study by Pew Research Group found that half of women nationwide working in STEM jobs reported discrimination compared to 41 percent of women who were in other occupations. The study also found that women who had a postgraduate degree, worked with computers or worked in environments that were mostly male-dominated also were more likely to encounter discrimination.

Court rules in favor of employees in overtime case

Tennessee workers may be entitled to overtime pay under the terms of the Fair Labor Standards Act thanks to a federal court ruling. The ruling was made by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Tom Hughes and Desmond McDonald v. Gulf Interstate Field Services Inc. It involved two welders who each made more than $100,000 per year while working for Gulf Interstate in 2013 and 2014.

Transgender woman sues employer for harassment and retaliation

Transgender people in Tennessee might relate to the workplace experiences of a Sam's Club employee suing the company for wrongful termination. Court filings for the person, who now lives as a woman, detailed her story of harassment within a hostile workplace.

FLSA misclassification can impact high-salary employees

Workers in Tennessee could be missing out on significant income that they are owed if they are not receiving appropriate overtime, even if they already earn a high wage. One December 2017 U.S. Circuit Court ruling overturned a lower court to hold that two welding inspectors, each of whom earned over $100,000 each year, could be entitled to overtime pay under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

What to do if you have an accident with your child in the car

Having a car accident is bad enough, but having one while your child is in the car is even worse. Would you know what to do first after a car accident that involved your little one? Of course, the most important thing you can do is not panic. If you allow panic to take over, you will not be able to sufficiently help yourself or your child.

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