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Make employee training worth it, not wasteful
(February 22, 2017)
British-Canadian author Elizabeth Thornton once said, “Objective leaders identify their unproductive mental models and tweak them for greater effectiveness.” The same can be said for employers and employees. Read on

California emplloyers have until March 1
to comply with new restroom law

(February 21, 2017)
California employers need to be in compliance with the state’s new “all-gender” requirements for single-use restrooms by March 1.Read on

Flu season's legal issues nothing to sneeze about
(February 17, 2017)
It’s bad enough that flu can make people miserable and hamper an employer’s operations, and it may be even worse when employees decide to power through and come to work sick, thereby spreading the misery. But besides dealing with the illness, employers have legal and policy issues to consider, including whether they can require employees to take flu shots and how to handle absences.   Read on

Employment lawyers like
new Trump pick to head DOL

(February 17, 2017)
President Donald Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, to serve as secretary of labor. The announcement came less than 24 hours after Trump’s first choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from the approval process. Read on

Employers advised to be careful
dealing with immigrant protests

(February 15, 2017)
Employers need to be aware of legal risks associated with how they handle various protests related to immigrants in the United States, including a boycott and work stoppage planned for February 16.  Read on

Arizona Supreme Court keeps challenge
to proposition 206 alive

(February 15, 2017)
The uncertainty surrounding Proposition 206’s mandate of a $10 minimum wage for 2017 will continue for a few more weeks, as the Arizona Supreme Court has decided to consider business groups’ challenge to the voter-approved law. After a Valentine’s Day conference, Chief Justice Scott Bales announced in a five-sentence order that the court will hear argument on one of the two issues raised by the challengers. Read on

Triple indemnity: three tips
for harassment investigations

(February 15, 2017)
Investigating complaints of inappropriate workplace conduct is a challenge for a number of reasons. But conducting an immediate and thorough investigation is critical to preventing lawsuits and avoiding liability should a lawsuit arise. HR professionals often ask for tips in handling this challenge. Here are three.   Read on

OSHA releases more 'flexible' fall protection standards
(February 8, 2017)
More than 16 years after issuing the original notice of proposed rulemaking in 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a final rule revising its standards on slip, trip, and fall hazards and personal fall protection systems.  Read on

Missouri governor signs new right-to-work law
(February 6, 2017)
As anticipated, the Missouri Legislature has once again passed a right-to-work law. However, unlike the two prior right-to-work measures passed by the legislature but vetoed by former Governor Jay Nixon, the version passed on February 2 was signed into law by newly elected Governor Eric Greitens on February 6. Read on

Stakeholders get more time to comment on EEOC's harassment guide
(February 6, 2017)
Stakeholders now have until March 21 to comment on proposed antiharassment guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Read on

Travel ban prompts questions about future of foreign workers in U.S.
(February 3, 2017)
President Donald Trump’s executive order affecting foreign nationals and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries sparked an uproar from a number of major employers—particularly those in the tech sector—but it may be just the first signal of a new and uncertain atmosphere for companies wishing to employ foreign workers. Read on

SMUNDAY doesn't cut the mustard
(February 1, 2017)
Advertising is a cool job because there is a legal concept associated with it called “puffing”: You generally can’t sue somebody for advertising that they are great or huge or the best because a consumer has no business believing that stuff anyway. How liberating! Read on

SCOTUS nominee 'excellent" choice for employers
(February 1, 2017)
President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court’s vacant seat may be good news for employers, according to employment law attorneys. Read on

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