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A Simple Checklist for Hiring New Employees

Posted in Labor & Employment
The hiring of brand new employees is a big step for small businesses—it marks a significant growth milestone for your company, as well as some extra responsibilities for your company with regard to finances and management. The logistical process of onboarding a new employee can be complex, especially if it’s something you’ve never done before… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Investigating Wage Issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Posted in Labor & Employment
The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently paid a visit to St. Croix and St. Thomas to investigate some reported wage issues, as well as to offer compliance assistance with regard to recovery efforts still ongoing after Hurricanes Maria and Irma. According to a press release issued by the Department… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Approves Use of Class-Action Waivers by Employers in Arbitration Agreements

Posted in Labor & Employment
On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled that employers may require employees to enter arbitration agreements that waive their rights to seek class-action claims against the employer. The split, 5-4 decision was authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, rejecting the position held by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that any of these… Continue Reading

Questions You Should Never Ask a Job Applicant

Posted in Labor & Employment
Employment law doesn’t just dictate the ways you can and cannot discriminate in your business hiring practices—it also gives some guidelines about the kinds of questions you can and cannot ask job applicants. Therefore, anyone responsible for hiring for your business should familiarize themselves with some of these basic tenets of employment law to ensure… Continue Reading

Avoid These Key Mistakes When Responding to an EEOC Complaint

Posted in Labor & Employment
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal regulatory agency that exists to protect employees or job candidates from discrimination based on certain protected characteristics, including age, gender and race. There are many laws the EEOC considers when analyzing cases. Of paramount importance is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which… Continue Reading

Mapp Administration Focuses on Improving Cruise Ship Experience to Boost Tourism Industry

Posted in Labor & Employment
As tourism competition increases throughout the Caribbean, officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands are focused on improving the cruise ship experience for passengers visiting the territory to help keep tourists coming back for more.   The Ports of the Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie Task Force recently met to discuss plans to improve this experience, according… Continue Reading

US Labor Department Rescinds ‘Joint Employment’ Rules

Posted in Labor & Employment
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it would rescind the standard implemented by the Obama Administration that determined when companies are considered “joint employers” of contract and franchise workers. The decision marks the first major shift in labor policy during the Trump Administration. In its statement, the agency said it withdrew a 2016… Continue Reading

Will Trump’s Executive Order Impact the Hiring of International Workers?

Posted in International, Labor & Employment
An executive order signed by President Donald Trump in April will make it more difficult for companies to recruit low-wage international workers that the President says unfairly harm U.S. citizens looking for work. The order, which Trump announced during a visit to Wisconsin, also directs federal agencies to carefully analyze existing rules and trade agreements… Continue Reading

Are You Paying Your Tipped Employees Correctly?

Posted in Labor & Employment
Many employees of the service industry receive tips from customers on top of their regular wages. In many cases, these employees actually earn more in tips than they do in wages. Tips are treated differently than regular wages under U.S. and Territorial labor laws, even though they are considered a form of compensation. It’s important… Continue Reading

The Economic Impact of Zika on the US Virgin Islands

Posted in Community Affairs, Labor & Employment
Throughout 2016, there were widespread concerns among travelers about heading to the Caribbean region, as the Zika virus outbreak caused concern particularly among pregnant women. The mosquito-borne disease is linked to brain damage in fetuses. Fears were particularly heightened when the media reported there were more than 100 positive cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands.… Continue Reading

With Puzder Out, Trump Turns to Acosta for Labor Secretary

Posted in Government Relations, Labor & Employment
Andrew F. Puzder, who rose to prominence as a fast food executive, recently withdrew from consideration to be President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor. Puzder had been the subject of a great deal of debate and scorn since his announcement in December, particularly among progressive groups and labor unions. After records of spousal abuse from… Continue Reading

Issues to Consider Before Sharing Office Space with Another Business

Posted in Labor & Employment
Many small businesses rent out office space in commercial buildings, likely sharing that space with various other businesses and organizations. Before you decide you are going to rent shared office space, however, it’s important to conduct the proper due diligence to ensure it’s the right move for your company. In most cases, it’s in your… Continue Reading

21st Century Cures Act Offers More Health Insurance Options to Employers

Posted in Labor & Employment
Small businesses dealing with health insurance-related challenges received some welcome news in December with the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, a new federal law that allows employers to expand their use of qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs). While the law contains numerous provisions, the ones most relevant to small businesses allow… Continue Reading

How to Best Protect Your Customers’ Data and Other Sensitive Information

Posted in Labor & Employment
In an age when so much happens online, businesses must be willing to commit to digital security to best protect the sensitive data and information of themselves and their customers. In fact, some estimates indicate that the global market for cybersecurity will surpass $80 billion next year, indicating just how important this issue has become.… Continue Reading