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DOL appeals overtime rule injunction
(December 2, 2016)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on December 1 that it will appeal a court’s injunction temporarily halting its new overtime regulations. Read on

Time for an employment practices audit?
(December 2, 2016)
Years ago, many employers performed audits of their HR policies and procedures to make sure they were in compliance with the law. However, what you did 10 years ago may not be sufficient in 2016. As employment laws and regulations change, you need to update your policies and procedures.   Read on

Stricter workplace smoking law
taking effect in California

(Decenber 1, 2016)
A new law expanding smoking restrictions in California workplaces is set to take effect on January 1. Read on

Judge clears way for antiretaliation
portion of new OSHA rule

(Novermber 30, 2016)
The antiretaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic record-keeping rule are set to be implemented on December 1 after a Texas federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction on November 28. Read on

Having AED at your workplace
can save lives, shield you from liability

(November 30, 2016)
The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. People who have heart disease are at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), but a person who appears healthy and has no known heart disease or other risk factors can also suffer SCA. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there are 220,000 victims of SCA each year, and approximately 10,000 of the attacks occur at work.  Read on

Christmas vacation, free beer, and the FLSA
(November 25, 2016)
In the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, family patriarch Clark Griswold is distressed because he has not yet received his Christmas bonus, which he is counting on to cover a check he wrote for a new swimming pool. Finally, on Christmas Eve, a courier arrives with a delivery. As his family looks on, Clark opens the envelope to find a one-year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club, not the bonus he is expecting.  Read on

'Unlawful' overtime rule temporarily blocked
(November 23, 2016)
A federal district court temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule on November 22, just days before it was scheduled to take effect. The judge who issued the order called the regulation “unlawful” and said such actions should be left to Congress. Read on

Moderation in all things
(November 23, 2016)
What brings job satisfaction to employees is a key inquiry for every HR professional. And, as we have written before, that answer changes with the times and with the circumstances. Boomers wanted job security and were often most comfortable when they were taking detailed instructions from supervisors.   Read on

Keep these do's and don't in mind when reviewing handbooks
(November 18, 2016)
The company handbook: It sounds so routine, like something that’s been around forever and just needs a quick and easy update every year or so, a task that a seasoned human resources professional can handle with ease. But considering the rapidly changing legal landscape and the ever-growing number of ways for employers to find themselves in litigation, the complexity of handbook writing becomes clear. Read on

Judge to NLRB: time to stop protecting racist, sexist conduct
(November 16, 2016)
A federal judge recently called out the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for its history of taking a “cavalier and enabling” approach toward the “sexually and racially demeaning misconduct of some employees during strikes.” Let’s take a closer look at the case.  Read on

With Trump win, many employment initiatives in question
(November 14, 2016)
Recent employment initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration could be in jeopardy under Donald Trump’s presidency, but employers still need to comply with those laws and regulations for now, says one expert. Read on

Judge blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule
(November 11, 2016)
A Texas federal district court judge has granted a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule’s requirements that federal contractors report labor law violations, that the government consider such disclosures when awarding contracts, and that contractors include certain restrictions in their arbitration programs. Read on

Colorado voters OK minimum wage hikes
(November 10, 2016)
On November 8, Colorado voters decided to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour over the next four years. By about a 54-46 margin, voters passed Amendment 70, which changes the Colorado Constitution to gradually raise the minimum wage. Read on

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