Rick Hymas‘ practice focuses on employment law. He practices out of our Salt Lake office, and he’s one of the best for employment law matters.
One employment law topic that intrigues me is the law against Company Stores. The classic example of this is paying a poor coal miner (the employee) in mere credits that can only be spent at the employer’s over-priced store. Those stores were pretty awful, as in the song “16 tons.” As a result, most states require all wages to be paid in real cash. Utah’s law for this is at Section 34-28-3(1)(e).
Most company’s comply with this rule on their own. But it’s the tip of the iceberg. If you have an issue about who should get overtime, who all must participate in the company’s 401(k), how to truly avoid work-place discrimination, drafting employee agreements, or enforcing non-competes, you are in the thick of employment law in all its complexity. In these areas, legal advice is crucial.