The New Year invariably delivers a wide range of new laws that employers must keep track of and often make accommodations to properly implement. For 2016, one major category of legislation taking effect is minimum wage increases, at the state, county and city levels.
A high-flying Silicon Valley startup recently discovered that “unlimited” does not necessarily mean “unearned” as a result of its careless implementation of a vacation policy that could be questionable under California law.
A recent dispute in New York City demonstrates that employers must think carefully about the potentially unintended consequences of their workforce management decisions. A routine choice to subcontract support services can quickly become a complicated fight over work rules, fair wages and union representation, given conditions such as those experienced by WeWork, a fast-growing startup.
A fast-growing, socially conscious new economy startup would hardly seem a likely target for an intensive battle with organized labor, especially when the company has built a solid reputation for paying above-market wages and benefits. But today’s labor environment is unlike any that has come before it, as the founders of global coworking company WeWork recently discovered. (more…) ...