Tools or toys? Study shows how much employees value latest technology
(July 22, 2016)
Want to make your employees happy and satisfied with their jobs? A new study from software giant Adobe says staying up to date with the latest and greatest technology can go a long way toward keeping people enthusiastic about their work. In fact, the research shows top-tier tech is more appealing to employees than popular perks such as free food, innovative office design, and other amenities.
Supreme Court issues number
of important employment rulings
(July 20, 2016)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 term ended in late June 2016. Employers and federal contractors should take note of several recent decisions that affect businesses nationwide across a broad range of areas, including employment discrimination, affirmative action, and overtime exemptions.
Quid pro quo alive and well, says former
Fox News anchor—what's happening at your office?
(July 19, 2016)
I have taught more than 200 classes and trainings on sexual harassment. It could be my favorite work and one of my easiest tasks. The law is intuitive and hasn’t changed much in the 40 years I have concentrated in it.
Vacation season—a time to relax and recharge
or a time to work more?
(July 15, 2016)
Summer—traditionally a time when workers schedule time off and plan trips to exotic or relaxing locales—may have entered a new era. It’s an era of contradictions: As some studies show workers value generous paid time off policies, others indicate that employees are increasingly willing to leave their hard-earned time off on the table.
At the epicenter of life, death, and work:
4 tough questions for employers after Dallas
Dallas has been my home for 32 years. Currently, I live and work downtown. The murders of the five Dallas police officers took place just a few blocks from my home. Neighbors in my building heard the firefight as it unfolded. I am a law professor, and three of my students are police officers. I have thought of them a lot lately.
Proposal calls for EEO-1 deadline
to move from September to March
(July 14, 2016)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that its proposal to collect pay data through the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) includes a change in the due date for the EEO-1 survey.
EEOC issues final regs governing wellness
(July 13, 2016)
Many employers use wellness incentive programs to encourage their employees to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Wellness programs often include questionnaires or health assessments that request employees’ private health information.
New Massachusetts law to expand transgender protection
(July 11, 2016)
Massachusetts law has prohibited discrimination against transgender people in employment and housing since 2011, but a new law taking effect on October 1 will expand transgender protections to places of public accommodation.
Looking for employees?
Digital profiles make window shopping convenient
(July 8, 2016)
Expensive, important investments typically send people to the internet. House hunters turn to websites and social media platforms to help them find the right home in the right neighborhood at the right price. Car buyers, too, take to the internet to find just the right vehicle. So if digital tools are vital for consumers making major purchases, it’s no wonder that recruiters turn to search engines to find the right talent.
OSHA tips: heat exposure
(July 6, 2016)
With much of the country in line for more high temperatures as summer winds down, employers should be mindful of employees’ exposure to heat hazards on the job. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no heat standard, the agency has become increasingly willing to cite employers for employees’ heat exposure under Section 5(A)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), commonly known as the General Duty Clause.
New Wisconsin law grants leave
to employees donating bone marrow or organs
(June 29, 2016)
A new Wisconsin law granting employees leave to donate bone marrow or organs takes effect July 1. It applies to private employers with 50 or more permanent employees as well as to government employers.
Employers praise injunction blocking new 'persuader' rule
(June 27, 2016)
An injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “persuader” rule is drawing praise from employer interests concerned that the new rule would stifle their efforts to respond to union organizing campaigns.
Going from cost center to profit booster: How HR can make the transition
(June 24, 2016)
Human resources professionals can be excused for feeling a bit apologetic at times. They know the important work they do, but they work under the cloud of labels like “cost center” and “overhead”—labels often heard coming from the C suite.
Do you have operations in multiple states? Are you faced with the herculean task of monitoring several states' legislatures, agencies, and courts to make sure you're aware of employment law changes? Our brand new monthly newsletter, Employers State Law Alert, is the answer.
The Employers Counsel Network helps employers find legal counsel. Find the ECN attorneys in your state who write your Employment Law Letter. Details