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HR lessons in NFL's new code of conduct
(December 19, 2014)
On December 10, 2014, the NFL announced a new and more stringent personal conduct policy (code of conduct) for all members of the NFL. The new code is the NFL’s attempt to create clear standards and consistent procedures for misbehavior, after a year spent in a deluge of criticism for its handling of player wrongdoing. Read on

NFL Vikings' Adrian Peterson as a case study:
Employers as judge and jury when employees misbehave?

(December 17, 2014)
With the publicity surrounding the drawn out saga following the arrest of Vikings Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, many employers may be asking what options they have to discipline or even terminate employees for allegedly engaging in unlawful conduct outside the workplace. What considerations should have an impact on your employment decisions? What guidance can the law provide, and how much discretion do you have? Read on

New provisions of New Hampshire's
equal pay law take effect January 1

(December 17, 2014)
Eight sections of New Hampshire’s Protective Legislation (RSA 275:37, 38, 38-a, 40, 41-a, 41-b, 41-c, and 41-d) will be modified effective January 1, 2015.  Read on

Proposed West Virginia regulations
spell change to wage and hour landscape

(December 15, 2014)
The West Virginia Division of Labor (DOL) has proposed emergency regulations that, if enforced in their present form, could force West Virginia employers to change by December 31 a number of common wage and hour practices that comply with long-standing federal regulations. Read on

New OSHA reporting requirement
takes effect January 1

(December 15, 2014)
A new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye goes into effect on January 1 for workplaces under OSHA’s jurisdiction. The rule also updates the list of employers that are partially exempt from OSHA’s record-keeping requirements. Read on

OFCCP, EEOC heads discuss
enforcement focus: compensation

(December 12, 2014)
At a recent meeting of the labor and employment law section of the American Bar Association (ABA), Patricia Shiu, director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), discussed the agency’s focus on pay disparity and highlighted that during the Obama administration, the OFCCP has obtained around $5 million in monetary relief and closed approximately 125 discrimination cases involving compensation. Read on

NLRB says employees may use
company computers for organizing activity

(December 12, 2014)
In perhaps one of its boldest moves, on December 11, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned existing precedent and held that employees have the right to use their employer’s e-mail system for Section 7 concerted activity, including union-organizing activities, during nonbusiness hours. The decision obviously affects employers’ policies on employee e-mail use. Read on

NLRB adopts 'quickie election' rule
(December 12, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a much-criticized rule to change and speed up union representation elections—an action that’s drawing fire from opponents of the change. Read on

New laws affecting Illinois employers take effect January 1
(Deccember 12, 2014)
Illinois employers need to be aware of a few new laws taking effect January 1. Read on

Delaware businesses get new recordkeeping obligations
(December 11, 2014)
Delaware’s new law related to the safe destruction of documents containing personal identifying information will take effect on January 1. The law requires commercial entities to take all reasonable steps to destroy a consumer’s personal identifying information within the business’s custody and control when the information is no longer to be retained.   Read on

New California law on immigrant discrimination takes effect January 1
(December 11, 2014)
The challenges facing HR managers can be daunting. Amendments to the law, new and changing federal and state administrative policies, and a diverse workforce all contribute to the difficulty of appropriately resolving employee issues. As we enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, here are some things for which every HR manager should be thankful. Read on

Republican landslide alters legislative,
regulatory landscape in 2015 and beyond

(December 10, 2014)
Busy human resources professionals can easily get caught up in the day-to-day and lose sight of the path they want to be on, but an assessment can guide the HR team out of the weeds and back on the road to reaching an organization’s goals. Read on

New Jersey cities getting paid sick leave laws
(December 9, 2014)
Paid sick leave laws are gaining ground in New Jersey, as new laws in several cities are scheduled to take effect in the coming weeks and months. Paterson, Irvington, Passaic, Newark, East Orange, Jersey City, Trenton, and Montclair have passed laws either in city councils or, in the case of Trenton and Montclair, in the November general election. Read on

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