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What recourse does an employer have when an ex-employee steals?
(September 19, 2014)
Employee theft is an unpleasant reality in the workplace, but when the employee is still on the job, at least the employer can easily confront the worker. But what’s an employer to do if the theft is discovered after the employee leaves the job and moves out of state? Does the errant worker get off scot-free?  Read on

Should employees' salaries be public knowledge?
(September 17, 2014)
Picture this: A manager calls his subordinates into a conference room and asks them to write down their salary and pin it to a board for everyone to see. The thought of that may make some of you cringe worse than many of the moments on reality TV. In fact, this idea was the premise of the 2012 British reality television show Show Me Your Money. Recently, National Public Radio checked in on how the company that was involved in the show was doing two years after implementing that policy.   Read on

Federal contractor 'pay transparency'
rule up for comment

(September 17, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a proposed rule aimed at ensuring that employees of federal contractors are allowed to discuss their compensation. The proposed rule, which was published in the September 17 Federal Register, gives interested parties until December 16 to submit comments.  Read on

New Hampshire social media privacy law
takes effect September 30

(September 16, 2014)
New Hampshire employers need to be reviewing their policies regarding employee use of social media and electronic equipment now that a new law protecting employee privacy is set to take effect September 30. Read on

Motivating on the cheap:
Rewards don't have to bust the budget

(September 12, 2014)
Dedicated, hardworking—and maybe even long-suffering—employees deserve rewards. Sometimes the appropriate reward is a well-deserved raise, but money isn’t always the best solution. And in today’s world of tight budgets, it’s often not even a possibility. Read on

New Massachusetts law provides leave
for domestic violence victims

(September 10, 2014)
Employers in Massachusetts with at least 50 employees are now required to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to deal with the violence. Read on

OSHA and the NLRB gang up on employers
(September 10, 2014)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will now refer all untimely retaliation claims to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to determine whether an employer engaged in an unfair labor practice (ULP) under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Read on

Maryland transgender rights law takes effect October 1
(September 9, 2014)
Maryland’s new law prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in areas of employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations goes into effect October 1. Read on

Maryland parental leave law takes effect October 1
(September 9, 2014)
Maryland’s new Parental Leave Act (PLA), which grants unpaid parental leave benefits to employees working for some employers too small to be eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), will take effect October 1. Read on

Delay on immigration reform sparks questions, complaints
(September 8, 2014)
President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will delay taking executive action on immigration reform means employers won’t get quick answers on when or if changes to the country’s immigration system will come.  Read on

Technology: Does it solveor cause—hiring dilemmas?
(September 5, 2014)
With all the change technology has brought to the workplace, a tech-driven hiring solution seems possible. Employers want employees. Jobseekers want jobs. And technology exists that’s designed to conveniently link employers and potential employees. So why do employers still struggle to find the right candidates, and why do those candidates still struggle to get a foot in the right employer’s door? Read on

Supreme Court roundup: the fall of government regulation
(September 3, 2014)
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court finished one of its most interesting terms in recent memory when it comes to employment law. While it’s difficult to find a consistent pattern in the multiple waves of rulings that were issued, one theme emerges: a limitation on governmental authority in areas that have traditionally enjoyed wide latitude. Read on

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