SC Employers’ Blog

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Please join us for our next employment law seminar on May 23 where Garrett Steck will walk attendees through an ICE audit and review employer compliance. Chris Gantt-Sorenson will also provide a brief update on legislation discussed at our February seminar, including South Carolina’s Pay Equity Act, Lactation Support Act and Background Checks. The presentation will be live streamed to our offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville so you can attend in the city…
Copperheads were fairly common in my yard growing up. One afternoon the family dog came to the door with a live snake flailing around from her mouth. Luckily we recognized this before she came in, but I wonder what would have happened if she had pushed the door open (like usual) without us noticing her and dropped the snake, alive, inside the house? Some surveys have indicated that a substantial number of employees take information…
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its annual report of enforcement and litigation data for fiscal year 2018. The report provides a snapshot of employment discrimination law in the U.S. and often indicates trend lines, providing insight for employers on the breadth of employment discrimination claims. A few notable statistics: 76,418 – number of workplace discrimination charges received by the agency $505 million – dollars paid by employers as a result of…
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trio of closely watched job discrimination cases that could for the first time resolve at a national level whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees are entitled to the protections of Title VII. The trio of cases reflect the split among federal courts on this issue. Two federal appeals courts have ruled that employers violated Title VII by firing gay and transgender employees. A third…
Join us for our next employment law seminar, Offer Letters and Employment Contracts: The Terms of Employment, on Thursday, April 25. Perry MacLennan will discuss contracting with employees in South Carolina and the concepts of at-will employment. He will also focus on how to use offer letters correctly, South Carolina’s notice requirements and when to enter restrictive covenants.…
On April 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department is proposing to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. Under the FLSA, an employee may have—in addition to his or her employer—one or more joint employers. A joint employer is any additional entity who is jointly and…
HSB is partnering with Anderson University to host Beyond Compliance: Innovative Workplace Strategies for the Future, a four-part series geared to business leaders interested in engaging in strategic discussions about current and anticipated issues facing employers. The first event occurred on March 26 and thought leaders in Greenville and Anderson gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the future workforce, including a discussion on a multi-generational workforce, increasing numbers of minorities and women, and the legalization of marijuana…
On March 20, 2019, the South Carolina Supreme Court recognized that a drug testing laboratory owes a duty of care to an employee who is subjected to drug testing in the employment context. In Shaw v. Psychemedics Corporation, an employee who was terminated by his employer after a positive drug test filed a lawsuit against the drug testing laboratory alleging negligence and negligent supervision. The testing laboratory filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit…