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Non-Compete Agreements - Should Small Businesses Keep Using Them?

July 18, 2018

Non-compete agreements are commonplace in the marketplace. These are contracts in which one party (usually an employee) agrees not to engage in certain acts in competition against another party (usually the employer), within a limited geographic area. The logic behind these agreements recognize that during the course of employment, employees form business relationships with their employer’s clients and customers, and employees also learn about their employer’s confidential information and trade secrets.  Employers correctly have an interest in preventing the distribution of their confidential information to competitors as well as an interest in retaining their customers.  To this end, non-compete agreements are beneficial in that they encourage employers to invest in human capital while providing some assurance that an employee will not poach trade secrets or other confidential information with the intention of subsequently working in the same or similar job position for a close competitor.  

Trends Ahead for 2018's Health Care Enrollment

July 10, 2018

For insurance agents, it’s never too early to start building a strategy for their clients’ open enrollment program. In fact, the savviest producers are constantly looking at trends that may impact the employee benefits space. By analyzing changes in the insurance marketplace, staying up-to-date with what’s happening on Capitol Hill, and state and local governments, and by assessing the evolving expectations of your clients and their employees, you can gain a critical competitive edge in the months ahead. 

Beat the Summer Slump: Tips to Keep Your Employees Engaged

June 13, 2018

It can be a challenge to keep employees engaged during the summer months. With a few exceptions, most companies typically experience a dip in productivity beginning around the July 4th holiday through Labor Day. Though employers should always encourage staff to take their vacation time, it is equally important to have a plan in place to help avoid worker distractions and combat the “seasonal slump.”  Here are some workplace policies and practices to consider:

Flexible Scheduling

The Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Ban Class-action Suits in Arbitration

June 6, 2018

In a landmark decision for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). This means that companies can use class action waivers in arbitration agreements to prohibit employees from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues such as wage and hour and working condition disputes.

June is National Safety Month

June 1, 2018

Observed annually in June by the National Safety Council (NSC), National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. The NSC provides free resources highlighting a different safety topic for each week in June:

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness

  • Week 2: Wellness

  • Week 3: Falls

  • Week 4: Driving

Summer Interns: To pay or not to pay. What are the rules?

May 24, 2018

Some experts are predicting an increase in more traditional unpaid internships this year. This is likely due to the Department of Labor's new test for determining whether interns qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  If an intern does qualify as an employee, he or she must be paid at least minimum wage as well as overtime.

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