People Processes Interviews: Alicia Dunams

Today we interview an international leadership trainer, certified mediator and communications expert, Alicia Dunams. She has coached tens of thousands of leaders, executives, and industry experts to share their message with the world through her signature process and acclaimed Bestseller in a Weekend® and other professional development trainings. 

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DEEP DIVE! New 4 Factor Test for Joint Employment

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On April 1, the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule to “revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements.”

The proposal includes a “four-factor balancing test” the agency said is derived from a federal court’s ruling in Bonnette v. California Health & Welfare Agency (Nos. 81-4565, 82-4174 (9th Cir. June 22, 1983)); “[a] plurality of circuit courts use or incorporate Bonnette’s factors in their joint-employer test,” DOL said. The four factors assess whether an alleged joint employer: 1) hires or fires the employee in question; 2) supervises and controls the employee’s work schedule or conditions of employment; 3) determines the employee’s rate and method of payment, and 4) maintains the employee’s employment records.

The agency also said its proposal will explain that other factors may be relevant if the initial factors show the alleged joint employer: a) exercises significant control over the terms and conditions of the employee’s work; or b) otherwise acts directly or indirectly in the interest of the employer in relation to the employee. Whether an employee is economically dependent on the potential joint employer is “not relevant” in determining that employer’s economic reality under FLSA, DOL said: “Accordingly, to determine joint employer status, no factors should be used to assess economic dependence.”

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New Mexico Minimum Wage Hike


Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday raising the state’s minimum wage for the first time in a decade from $7.50 an hour to $12 by 2023. The first increase to $9 an hour goes into effect at the start of 2020.

Survey reveals employees’ major financial stressors, millennials’ interest in gig work

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CMS Extends Small Group Transitional Relief Policies through 2020

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