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California Adopts New Independent Contractor Test

In a recent case, the California Supreme Court adopted a new standard for determining when a worker is an independent contractor, and when a worker is an employee. This is a major departure from how workers have been classified in the past, and will have far-reaching effects on employment and Read More

Medical Marijuana Now Legal In Ohio

Ohio’s new medical marijuana law recently took effect, on September 8, 2016. This law, passed by the Ohio legislature, followed a failed ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana in Ohio for recreational use, as well. The new law permits doctors to prescribe marijuana as treatment for a lengthly list Read More

Does Your Uber Driver Make Any Money?

Today one of my twitter followers, and someone I actually know from the startup community here in Cincinnati, posted an interesting tweet: “I always open up my @Uber/@lyft email receipts, wincing at the long ride I took, thinking it’ll be $20. It’s consistently less than $9. [celebratory emoticon] The tweet Read More

Is Your Contractor Really An Employee?

If you weren’t distracted by Donald Trump throwing his comb-around into the presidential ring this week, you might have noticed that the California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver was an employee, rather than an independent contractor. This meant she was entitled to approximately $4000 in expenses and other Read More

EMPLOYER MONITORING OF EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA USE

An increasing concern for employers is their employees’ use of social media. For some time now, employers have been devoting resources to monitoring their employees on social media. I’m not talking about someone taking a couple of minutes to check her Facebook page during the workday. This is about employers Read More

San Francisco Raises Minimum Wage

If you are an employer in San Francisco, I hope you paid attention to the election a few weeks ago. San Francisco voters passed Proposition J, implementing a series of minimum wage increases into law. Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in San Francisco will go up to $11.05 per hour. Read More

Ohio Minimum Wage Set to Increase in 2015

Employers in Ohio should be aware that starting January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for non-tipped employees will increase to $8.10 per hour, up from $7.95. For tipped employees, the minimum wage will increase to $4.05 per hour, up from $3.98. Employers with tipped employees need to keep in mind Read More