Employment & Labor

What are  you doing right now? Are you focusing on reading these words? Do you have an eye on your email, texts, or social media? If you are working from home, are you dealing with your children? Or maybe you are do some combination or all of these activities.  Or are you on the phone?  We all think we can multi-task and do it well, but the truth is we can’t. How many times a day, when you are on the phone, can you hear the keyboard and mouse clicks on the other end of the line?  Are they taking…
  Our Arizona-based law firm strives to provide our national and international clients as well as the local business community with an ongoing stream of helpful information, not only through our work but also through social media. The Harrison Law LinkedIn page regularly features thoughtful leadership articles, opinion pieces, and reports which we have hand-picked […] The post LinkedIn Spotlight Series: “Investing in the Age of US-China Rivalry” appeared first on Harrison Law.…
For most of the past two and a half months in person networking hasn’t existed. It remains of the utmost importance for all of us, whether we are lucky enough to be able to work or are unemployed. Many people I speak with have not networked or conducted business development activities since offices closed and stay at home orders went into effect. Doing nothing is harmful in the long run and despite businesses now being allowed to open in most states, normal networking and business development activities will take longer to become the norm again. Most of my networking involves…
  A move can be an exciting new chapter in your life — but it can also introduce some new complications that affect your established financial and legal arrangements, including the details of your estate plan. Let’s look at some of the estate plan questions and concerns that you may be facing as you prepare […] The post What Does Your Move Mean for Your Estate Plan? appeared first on Harrison Law.…
During this social distancing and quarantine limbo we currently find ourselves in, I have found myself taking time to think about my career, the road to where I am, and the road forward. Through doing so, I had some random thoughts that connect into an outline on trying to build a sustaining career. I wish someone had told me some of these back in the day, but trial and error, along with wrong turns, are how you learn so you can make better decisions down the road, thereby giving yourself the best opportunity to achieve success. 1. Being the star…
Are you the workaholic each of us knows? You know the one. They check their email from the time they wake up, to when they are at lunch with you (please remember this is rude when we are able to dine together again), to when they go to sleep. For some, it’s an easy pattern to fall into. Now that many of us are working from home, it’s easier because there is even less separation between work and home. Work/life balance is difficult in normal times, but we aren’t in normal times. The blur between work and home has never…
  If you’ve always worked to hone your intelligence, skills, and insights as a business owner, you have probably developed a lifelong love for learning. You might even assume that there’s no such thing as “bad” learning — but is that really true? An Accelerated Learning article by Michael Simmons argues that there are indeed […] The post Are You Damaging Your Brain With “Junk Learning?” appeared first on Harrison Law.…
Staying connected to people you know is difficult when you are in different places and told it’s unsafe to gather in groups. Most people currently are isolated at home other than when grocery shopping. You probably are working remotely, if you are able, and are lucky enough to still have a job. You may walk around your neighborhood and get to waive to your neighbors or exchange a quick greeting from a distance. This isolation is unhealthy mentally because most of us crave connection and miss it now that it’s harder to come by. Your disconnection with friends, family and…
We currently are living in strange and different times. Businesses, cities, and countries are shut down. People are isolated. There is no traffic and the air seems cleaner. And people are exercising outdoors more than usual. Despite businesses being closed, or their employees working remotely, the time to network is now. Networking is about connecting. Connecting takes many forms in addition to attending events or meeting for coffee. With in-person networking off of the table for now, other ways to connect should be your focus. Many people have more time on their hands, which can be used to connect by…
  This blog post concludes my 6-part series on some of my favorite podcasts for business owners. I’ve found them immensely useful and enlightening, and I hope that you will, too. Of course, this selection is only the tip of the iceberg, with many more informative, insightful business podcasts available from which to choose. I […] The post Great Podcasts for Business Owners, Pt. 6: Dave Ramsey appeared first on Harrison Law.…
Labor and Employment Blog The Small Business Exemption for the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the FMLA Expansion Act April 8, 2020 The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided us with regulations governing the application of the small business exemption for both the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA Expansion Act) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (Paid Sick Leave Act).  Under both enactments, employers with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt, but only if they meet the specific criteria established by the DOL.  The DOL’s newly-crafted regulations require small employers to meet one of…
If you are lucky enough to still have a job or business, has the manner in which you work changed during the pandemic? You likely are working remotely, as are many of your co-workers, friends and family, including many who haven’t done so before. If you think about this, it’s pretty amazing how fast companies adapted to be able for their entire workforce to work remotely. As we go weeks in with most people working remotely, rough edges are getting ironed out and the manner of work is becoming more routine. Yes, most people are getting used to working remotely…
You probably saw the title and thought “what is he writing about?” It could be about the great Talking Heads song of the same name, but it’s not. It’s about living in circumstances that changed on a dime forcing most to work from home, and many to lose their livelihood. It obviously isn’t the equivalent of really being a soldier at war, but for most of us it’s similar in that the terrain is constantly shifting and you have to continuously adjust. It also is a war in that we all (or, at least most of us) are together trying…
Labor and Employment Blog NOTABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE ACT AND THE FMLA EXPANSION ACT March 31, 2020 NOTABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE ACT AND THE FMLA EXPANSION ACT Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act FMLA Expansion Act Qualified Employees From start of employment At 30 days of employment Reasons for Leave 1) Employee subject to quarantine order; 2) Employee advised by health care provider to self-quarantine; 3) Employee has symptoms of COVID-19 & seeking diagnosis; 4) Employee caring for individual who is subject to 1 or 2, above; 5) Employee is caring for children for…
  If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve recently posted some of my favorite podcasts aimed at business owners, C-level executives and entrepreneurs. I’ve found these podcasts fascinating, compelling, and encouraging as I operate my own Arizona business law practice, and I want to share these discoveries with my clients and other […] The post Great Podcasts for Business Owners, Pt. 5: The Tim Ferriss Show appeared first on Harrison Law.…
Labor and Employment Blog The U.S. Department of Labor Provides Added Guidance for Application of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act March 25, 2020 On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its initial Guidance providing helpful explanatory information and some much needed clarification of certain terms and requirements of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA Expansion Act) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (Paid Sick Leave Act) (jointly, the Acts).  The DOL News Release with additional links to Fact Sheets and Q&A Document…