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E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

Posted in E-commerce, Employment, Retail, Retail Sales

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution.  In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet their needs.  80% of Americans are now shopping online, and they utilize e-commerce for a wide range of… Continue Reading

Retailers’ On-Call Scheduling Practices Under Scrutiny in Eight States and D.C.

Posted in Employment, Retail

On April 12, 2016, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to fifteen retailers requesting information regarding their use of “on-call shifts” in scheduling employees. The letters were similar to those letters sent by the New York Attorney General in April, 2015 with a critical difference – the Attorneys General from California, Connecticut, the… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Expands Parental Leave Rights

Posted in Employment, Retail

Effective April 7, 2015, Massachusetts employers with six or more employees must provide childbirth leave on a gender neutral basis.  Under a new Parental Leave Act law (“PLA”) signed by former Governor Deval Patrick on the day before he left office, Massachusetts men will now be guaranteed eight weeks of unpaid, job protected paternity leave. … Continue Reading

Hostile Doesn’t Mean MEAN: Understanding Employment Law

Posted in Employment, Retail

Dealing with employees also means dealing with their misconceptions about employment law. This blog entry highlights some of these misconceptions and reminds employers of the significance of employment at will. Notwithstanding misunderstanding to contrary, it is still generally and genuinely the case that an employer can fire an employee for any reason or for no… Continue Reading

New Laws Prohibit Employers from Requiring Access to Applicants’ Private Information

Posted in Employment, Privacy, Retail

Most job applicants maintain one, if not several, social media accounts. Many employers now routinely review available social media resources when making employment decisions. This trend, together with cautions and advice, is the subject of previous blog entries. Today’s topic is a little different. New Jersey recently became the ninth state to pass a law… Continue Reading

Where Have All the (Full-Time) Jobs Gone? Issues for Retailers with Part-Time Employees

Posted in Employment, Retail

After the technology bubble burst in the early 2000s, retailers saw an uptick of what we commonly refer to as the underemployed – employees who were overqualified whether as a result of education or experience – applying for precious few available full-time positions. In recent years, however, a new trend has emerged. The underemployed are… Continue Reading