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Workplace policies: Recognizing the good, the bad, and the ugly
(January 21, 2015)
Employment policies: Do they keep organizations running smoothly? Or are they trouble waiting to happen? The answer to both questions is: sometimes. Read on

Get ready for Supreme Court
ruling on same-sex marriage

(January 20, 2014)
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up the issue of same-sex marriage, employers are weighing the impact a ruling will have. Read on

Save money by improving employee morale
(January 16, 2015)
Unscheduled absenteeism costs American businesses billions of dollars every year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There are myriad potential costs to take into account. Read on

Obama takes steps towards
requiring paid sick leave

(January 15, 2015)
Is it a sensible plan to boost productivity and give workers the help they deserve, or is it an unaffordable, unfair mandate on already overburdened employers? President Barack Obama’s announcement of a push to pass a paid sick leave law is likely to garner both reactions. Read on

Workers may be temporary, but OSHA is forever:
clarifying employer duties

(January 14, 2015)
In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) to focus on preventing injuries and illnesses among temporary workers. OSHA recently released a policy memorandum addressed to its field staff reminding them of the agency’s long-standing enforcement policy for temporary workers. The memo specifically attempts to clarify the responsibilities of staffing agencies relative to the duties of host employers and to provide guidance on when inspectors should open an investigation.  Read on

South Dakota same-sex marriage
ban ruled unconstitutional

(January 13, 2015)
On Monday, a federal judge in Sioux Falls ruled that South Dakota’s constitutional and statutory prohibition on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. Six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the governor, the attorney general, the secretary of the South Dakota Department of Health, and other public officials seeking to overturn the ban on gay marriage. Read on

EEOC weighs in on employer wellness plans
(January 9, 2015)
January is here, which means diet, exercise, and wellness resolutions aren’t far behind. And like many of us, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has “wellness plans” on its list of 2015 New Year’s resolutions.  Read on

Vermont's layoff warning law to take effect January 15
(January 8, 2015)
The substantive notice requirements of Vermont’s new law requiring warnings before mass layoffs takes effect January 15, meaning the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) isn’t the only law requiring certain employers to notify employees of an impending plant closing or mass layoff. Read on

FMLA leave and reinstatement: How to handle 'key employees'
(January 7, 2015)
When employees take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers generally know the drill about what to do when the leave ends: The employee must be reinstated in the same position he or she left or one that is equivalent.  Read on

'Tis the season: resolutions for the new year
(January 2, 2015)
It’s that time again, when many of us take inventory of the past year and make resolutions for the coming year—for example, to do better, work smarter, become more efficient, or waste less time. For some of you, focusing on aspirations for the coming year may be part of a formalized process of establishing annual goals and targets, strategic planning, or simply making next year’s “to-do” list. Regardless of how the process is done or what it’s called, the fundamental purpose of annual resolutions is the same: to plan for a better, brighter, more successful future. Read on

Top OSHA citations of 2014
(Deccember 31, 2014)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most-violated standards for fiscal year (FY) 2014 were recently announced at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego, California. Once again, there were few surprises. Employers would be wise to assess their efforts to comply with the 10 identified standards Read on

Legal knots untied: Same-sex marriage soon to be lawful in Florida
(December 29, 2014)
Effective January 6, 2015, same-sex marriage will be lawful in Florida. On December 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the postponement of a federal district court’s decision that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.  Read on

How the boss stole Christmas
(December 26, 2014)
Many thanks to Dr. Seuss for the inspiration.
Everyone down in HR-ville/ Liked Christmas a lot./But the boss, in his office upstairs,/ He did not!  Read on

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