Stephen D. Erf

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Stephen D. Erf focuses his practice on civil rights and labor/employment counseling and litigation, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, union organizing, collective bargaining, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and leadership transition. He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including health care, education, construction, manufacturing, professional services, social services, food products, chemicals and transportation. Read Stephen Erf's full bio.

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A federal district court judge in Texas issued an order granting a temporary injunction late Tuesday against the Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption rule that was scheduled to take effect December 1. This article contains some practical tips on what employers should do next. Read the full article.
Despite recent amendments that expand the list of misconduct that will disqualify Illinois unemployment insurance claims, a recent Illinois Supreme Court case requires communication of a specific rule or policy if an employer needs to prohibit misconduct not listed in the amended statute. Read the full article.…
Recent independent-contractor misclassification guidelines, and proposed changes to the overtime rules by the U.S. Department of Labor, underscore that employers should be reviewing their independent-contractor classifications and wage and hour exempt-employee classifications. But even if an employer has correctly classified its own workforce, it still may be held responsible for a variety of employment liabilities if it is found to be a ‘joint employer’ with another company which has misclassified its workers. This On the…
Private equity often looks to control costs in its portfolio companies through the utilization of joint employees. This On The Subject provides tips and guidelines for private equity firms and their operating companies during a review of its employee classification. Read the full article.…
More than a decade ago, “dual use” devices (i.e., one device used for both work and personal reasons) began creeping into workplaces around the globe.  Some employees insisted on bringing fancy new smart phones from home to replace the company-issued clunker and, while many employers resisted at first, dual use devices quickly became so popular that allowing them became inevitable or necessary for employee recruitment and retention, not to mention the cost savings that could…
More than a decade ago, “dual use” devices (i.e., one device used for both work and personal reasons) began creeping into workplaces around the globe.  Some employees insisted on bringing fancy new smart phones from home to replace the company-issued clunker and, while many employers resisted at first, dual use devices quickly became so popular that allowing them became inevitable or necessary for employee recruitment and retention, not to mention the cost savings that could…
Private equity firms risk potential liability for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act violations. Case examples demonstrate the need for proactive activity management, including observing corporate formalities, establishing and filling the director and officer positions of all entities, permitting the operating company management to make the decisions regarding employment terminations and plant closings, and clearly communicating and documenting these activities, to help avoid or quickly exit litigation. Click here to read the full article.…
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a Final Rule narrowing the companionship exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and extending the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections to in-home health care workers.  This rule will make FLSA protections applicable to nearly 2 million additional workers, including certified nurse assistants, home health aides and personal caregivers. To read the full article please click here.…