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The NLRBthe new elephant in the room
(October 29, 2014)
Recently, I realized that my desk was covered with recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions (and articles about those decisions) I needed to review. The problem is, the Board is intruding into nonunion workplaces with such ferocity that it is impossible to keep up. The self-described Rip Van Winkle of government agencies has obviously awakened to the fact that unless it dramatically expands its sphere of influence into nonunion workplaces, it will soon experience death by irrelevancy.  Read on

Voters in four states to decide
on minimum wage hikes

(October 27, 2014)
Voters in four states—Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota—will decide on minimum wage increases when they go to the polls on November 4, and Illinois voters will make their opinion on the issue known in a nonbinding vote.  Read on

Benefits planning: upcoming
compliance deadlines and year-end planning

(October 22, 2014)
Now that fall is in the air and school has started, we thought it would be a good idea to summarize some of the key health and welfare benefit deadlines that are approaching.  Read on

Be wary when employees
'volunteer' to work through lunch

(October 17, 2014)
When workers volunteer to attend work-related meetings during their lunch break, are they dedicated employees eager to go the extra mile, or do they signal a legal problem? That’s an issue recently put to a group of attorneys who focus on employment law matters. Their advice: Be careful. Read on

Office politics: why you shouldn't care who likes Ike
(October 15, 2014)
With another round of contentious elections upon us, employers should brush up on federal, state, and local laws related to political affiliation discrimination.  Read on

Workplace communication: It's more than just talking
(October 10, 2014)
Everybody knows the importance of effective communication in the workplace. Achieving it, though, can be tricky. Some people speak without listening. Others find themselves too distracted to understand what someone else is trying to say. Written communication often gets bogged down in jargon and misinterpreted. And those are just some of the problems that can inhibit genuine communication.   Read on

Voters to decide on Anchorage
collective bargaining ordinance

(October 9, 2014)
When voters in Anchorage go to the polls in November, they will decide the fate of a local ordinance that reins in the collective bargaining rights of municipal employees.   Read on

BLR launches professional development network
for hospitality industry HR leaders

(October 8, 2014)
BLR® – Business & Legal Resources, a leading provider of employment law compliance and training solutions for HR, has launched a new professional network called HR Executive Roundtable | Hospitality. The group will facilitate the sharing of best practices, benchmarking data, experiences, and cost-saving ideas among senior Human Resources leaders in restaurant, lodging, and travel verticals. Read on

10 FMLA tips for HR professionals
(October 8, 2014)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be one of the most daunting employment laws HR has to deal with. There are very specific rules and procedures that must be followed to ensure that both employee and employer are protected. Recently, employment law attorneys from Holland & Hart in Billings, Montana, presented an FMLA Master Class for Business and Legal Resources (BLR). Here are the top ten tips from that class. Read on

Employers should review policies on same-sex
couples in wake of Supreme Court decision

(October 7, 2014)
With the U.S. Supreme Court deciding not to take up a case to settle the same-sex marriage issue on the national level, employers need to understand how the Court’s decision affects their policies. Read on

Cursing, fighting, and screaming could be protected under the NLRA
(October 3, 2014)
Too bad workplaces don’t come with the technology that allows employers to replace curse words with the bleeps so often heard during profanity-laced tirades on television. Then, maybe, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) wouldn’t be called on to settle disputes such as one that occurred after a bikini contest at a Hooters restaurant in California. Read on

Final rule on minimum wage for contractors released
(October 2, 2014)
Federal contractors can now take a look at the rules they will have to follow when an Executive Order that requires a $10.10 per hour minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts takes effect. Read on

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