Blanchard & Walker Weekly

Topic of the Week  Workplace Fairness COVID-19 Statement

For more than two decades, Workplace Fairness has advocated for the rights of workers and their safety on the job. For this reason, the organization encourages employees who do not have medical or religious restrictions to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others in the workplace and beyond.

At the peak of the pandemic, workers were put at risk by employers who resumed near-normal operations without enforcing workplace safety precautions such as social distancing and vaccine or testing requirements. Now, almost two years after it’s onset, workers are eager for proper protection and are advocating for their right to a safe workplace. Given the determination to get back to “normal,” it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a push for widespread vaccination. Since the introduction of the vaccine, only 1 positive case per every 5,000 fully-vaccinated individuals has been reported per week, providing evidence that vaccinated workers may be the only pathway back to working in person without increased risk.

Read the full statement from Workplace Fairness here.

Thought of the Week

"Over 200,000 veterans enter the workforce each year."

–Forbes

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back

History repeated itself as hundreds of miners spilled out of buses in June and July to leaflet the Manhattan offices of asset manager BlackRock, the largest shareholder in the mining company Warrior Met Coal.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Gifting With Significance In The Workplace
  2. Was this college police chief fired for testimony in a discrimination suit? Trial is pending
  3. Morgan Stanley settles sexual harassment lawsuit
  4. Three Key Concepts To Managing A Productive Remote Workforce
  5. Federal Judge Shelves President Biden’s CMS Vaccine Mandate … But in Only 10 States

List of the Week

from My Perfect Resume

  • 79% of individuals say that they have experienced or witnessed bullying at work
  • 47% of workers have quit a job due to bullying
  • 66% of women say they have felt regularly undermined or picked on at work

Archive

FROM THE BLOG
  • Delivery Driver Class Action Lawsuits at Blanchard & Walker November 2, 2021

    Many companies require workers to use their own cars for work, yet fail to reimburse their drivers adequately for the use of the car.  Here’s what you don’t know about Pizza delivery drivers.  Delivery drivers end up putting thousands of miles of wear-and-tear on their cars, paying for gas and repairs — before they realize the true cost of delivery driver work.  (more…)

  • Should I be Getting Overtime Pay If I am Paid on Commissions? October 4, 2021

    There is an “Commission Sales” overtime exemption under Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC Section 207(i)… but are those payments really “commissions”?

    Under Section 207(i) commission sales employees are exempt from overtime requirements, but only if:

    1. the regular rate of pay of such employee is in excess of one and one-half times the federal minimum hourly rate (1.5 x 7.25/hr) , and
    2. more than half their compensation for a representative period (not less than one month) represents commissions on goods or services.  29 U.S.C. 207(i).

    There are plenty of people that work under phony “commission plans” who actually should receive overtime pay at time and a half for their hours over 40.  (more…)

  • Public, Private Employers Roll Out Workplace Vaccination Requirements for In-Person Work August 2, 2021

    As Michigan employers prepare for a return to in-person work, Michigan’s Universities are leading the way on vaccination policies. On July 30, 2021, Both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan rolled out mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for all employees (and students) returning to campus this fall.  Many hospitals and health-care settings have already announced similar policies.  With proper exemptions in place, mandatory vaccination policies (more…)