I know that many start-ups don’t consider human resources related laws when they are getting started. They focus on getting their product or service up and running, whether they have the suppliers they need and of course the potential market. If they consider HR at all it is in the realm of payroll. Most federal HR laws don’t kick in until a company has reached 15 employees. The FLSA kicks in at fewer employees if you are bringing revenue of at least a half million dollars. There are however other laws related to HR that you need to pay attention to, as Uber has discovered.
A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve
2016 is shaping up to be a year of employee classification issues for employers. Between the classification problems within the gig economy and the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rules, many HR professionals’ “What keeps us up at night” list just got longer.
I and numerous other people have written about the “gig economy”, “free agent nation” or whatever you want to call it, numerous times. As we get into 2016, and 2020 is a mere four years away, the likelihood of there being a major shift in the direction of a high percentage of independent contractors seems less likely to me. Some estimates had 45% of the workforce being part of the gig economy.