SESCO: Rise in Wage and Hour Audits: What Employers Should Know

Rise in Wage and Hour Audits: What Employers Should Know Calendar year 2024 is expected to be a busy one for federal wage and hour investigators, according to the US DOL and first quarter observations. Penalties can be enforced for violations going back two years, and up to three years if the noncompliance was found […]

SESCO: Paying Employees in the Event of Inclement Weather

Poor weather conditions can often raise pay-related questions for employers. The issue is straightforward for non-exempt employees (i.e. employees subject to overtime pay). Non-exempt employees are paid for the actual time worked. Thus, if they do not report for work or the employer is closed, they are not paid for the day. An employer may […]

SESCO: Minimize Wrongful Discharges

To Minimize Wrongful Discharges Involving Challenges to then Employment-At-Will Doctrine. The following procedures are recommended as steps that employers can take to help minimize their liability in case of wrongful discharge and/or discrimination claims: Review recruiting materials, advertisements, employment applications and brochures, to avoid using words creating an implied “permanent” employment. Train personnel staff to […]


Should you, or shouldn’t you? Whether employers should provide references for former employees is debated among HR professionals. Prospective employers are wise to conduct reference checks of applicants. Unfortunately, when asked to supply a reference for a former employee, a company is often hesitant to provide any information beyond the individual’s previous position and length […]


It seems over the last 12 to 24 months that employee complaints of “whatever” have increased. Our client case volume has greatly increased regarding internal complaints requiring internal investigations conducted by company staff and/or SESCO. Even if the employer feels as if the complaint is frivolous or not that serious, employers are legally obligated to […]


It may seem hard to fathom but, in 2022, marijuana is legalized for med­ical use in 34 states and the District of Columbia and 10 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana use. Further, legalization efforts will continue as marijuana use in the United States in­creases. As such, what are employers to […]