Beliebe it or not, the customer isn't always right
(March 7, 2014)
Do we ever get tired of hearing about pop sensation Justin Bieber’s antics? Let’s hope not, because today’s reality HR lesson comes from none other than the Biebs.
Training, enforcement key parts of DOL's budget
(March 6, 2014)
The Obama administration’s proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) budget for fiscal year 2015 stresses a continuation of enforcement initiatives from previous years as well as new job training and assistance initiatives. Released on March 4, the budget proposal includes $11.8 billion in discretionary funding for the DOL, $300,000 less than the request in the 2014 proposed budget.
U.S. Supreme Court expands
SOX whistleblower protection
(March 5, 2014)
In the early 2000s, corporate and accounting scandals involving Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, and other publicly traded companies cost investors billions of dollars and prompted federal legislation to reform corporate financial practices. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) covers everything from mandatory financial disclosures to enhanced penalties for white-collar crime to requiring a company’s CEO to sign corporate tax returns. The law also includes penalties for retaliating against whistleblowers who provide information or assist in federal investigations.
H-1B season is upon us
(March 5, 2014)
It’s that time of year again, when employers that want to hire recent college graduates and other professionals begin to file H-1B visa petitions. The first possible start date for most H-1B employees is the first day of the federal fiscal year, October 1. Because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts petitions up to six months before an employee’s start date, it will begin receiving H-1B petitions on April 1. Here’s an overview of what to consider before the deadline and some information about how the H-1B process may change in the future.
EEOC sends employers strong signals
on medical leave
(February 28, 2014)
Over the last several months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a significant number of lawsuits alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act against employers across the country. The cases are instructive because they highlight the EEOC’s current enforcement policies, identify common areas of risk under the ADA, and confirm why HR personnelgenerally like to take a deliberate approach when dealing with accommodation issues.
NLRB sets public meeting on proposed election rules
(February 26, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has set two days of meetings in April to hear opinions on proposed changes to rules governing union representation elections.The NLRB will meet for April 10-11 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., to allow members of the public to present their views on what probusiness interests have labeled “quickie” election rules.
Building an ethical culture: What HR needs to know
(February 24, 2014)
Human resources professionals spend a lot of time working to create a respectful work environment. Much of that effort is necessary to stay in compliance with antidiscrimination and other workplace laws, but a true focus on ethics goes beyond legal compliance.
New resources available for upcoming rules for federal contractors
(February 24, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted new resources on its website to help federal contractors comply with new regulations pertaining to recruiting people with disabilities and veterans.
Does 'at-will employment' really mean what you think it does?
(February 21, 2014)
Many employers rely heavily on “at-will employment” to terminate unsatisfactory employees. In theory, if at-will employment applies, you can fire a worker at will, which means for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. However, if a termination decision is challenged, it can be difficult to show that a bad reason or no reason was not discriminatory, particularly if the affected employee belongs to a protected group.
Documents, documents, documents: What to keep, what to shred
(February 19, 2014)
The hiring process has a way of creating a lot of paperwork. A single job opening can bring a flood of resumes, cover letters, and applications from a horde of hopefuls. Once the decision has been made, the question becomes what to do with the pile of documents the hiring process generates.
Volkswagen's Chattanooga workers reject UAW representation
(February 17, 2014)
The votes are in, and the wait is over. In what can only be characterized as a major setback for organized labor, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have voted to reject union representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW).
Are you using the correct forms to conduct background checks?
(February 12, 2014)
Under regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which replaced the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the enforcer of most provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers were required to begin using a revised “summary of rights” form for background checks as of January 1, 2013. It’s a year later—has your organization updated its forms?
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