When you work for someone but are not an employee, you're called an independent contractor. Independent contractors have control over what they do and when they do it. They agree to contracts with new clients and work for themselves. They are often not bound to the same requirements as employees.
Tennessee business owners often struggle with properly treating employee expenses as deductible for IRS purposes, and this is particularly true for travel expenses. The general rule that time spent traveling for work-related activities must be paid and is therefore a deductible expense seems clear. However, what exactly is meant by "work-related activities" is not as certain.
Many employees in Tennessee engage in travel within the state and to other states for work purposes on a regular basis. Employers who require their employees to travel for work must comply with work regulations for travel reimbursements. Workers should be paid for any time spent traveling for work, but employers do not need to compensate workers for time spent going to and from work.
There are roughly 43.8 million people throughout the country who deal with mental illness in a given year. That is according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, and it could have an impact on how such individuals are treated at work. For instance, Tennessee workers might be more likely to face harassment from their employers because of their condition. They could also be discriminated against when applying for jobs.
According to research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, seniors over the age of 65 are expected to be the fastest-growing demographic in workforce by the year 2022. Despite this trend, 60 percent of older employees have either seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Even though there are laws in place against discriminating against employees 40 years or older, many people in this age group report being passed up from promotion or hearing negative comments about their age.
A military contractor has paid $678,296 to compensate workers at a Tennessee munitions plant for unpaid wages, benefits and overtime according to a statement from the Department of Labor. The Iowa-based contractor operates the Milan Army Ammunition Plant in Gibson County as part of the military's Armament Retooling and Manufacturing Support Program. DOL investigators began scrutinizing the company after workers complained about unpaid overtime and denied benefits.
A former Google employee who was fired after complaining of sexual harassment has filed a lawsuit against the corporate giant. He is seeking $400,000 in damages. He said Google's human resources department told him they thought his claims were not valid because the man he accused of sexual harassment was not gay. After the company finalized its investigation into his claims, the man was fired. Tennessee residents who have experienced sexual harassment at work may be entitled to monetary damages.