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EEOC challenges traditional severance agreements in untraditional way
(July 30, 2014)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken a bold step to challenge standard and accepted provisions in severance agreements in a recent suit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., CA no. 14-cv-863 (N.D. Ill., 2014). There are two particularly important elements in this suit.  Read on

NLRB's McDonald's franchise determination
called 'seismic' change

(July 30, 2014)
A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that the McDonald’s corporation is a joint employer with its franchisees is a departure from longtime precedent that’s drawing fire from the fast-food giant and other business interests. One opponent of the decision called it a “seismic change” regarding the franchise model.  Read on

HR takes role of referee when
employees 'game' the FMLA system

(July 25, 2014)
Put a dozen human resources professionals together and ask them about problems related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and you’re likely to hear many dozens of stories. The rules can be complicated and intricate, and unscrupulous employees manage to find creative ways to take more leave than they’re entitled to have. Read on

The downsides of zero-tolerance policies
(July 23, 2014)
The concept of zero-tolerance policies is rooted in the criminal justice system, and over the last 20 years, the policies have spilled over into our schools and workplaces. Zero-tolerance policies usually reflect a strong institutional stance on specific types of misconduct (e.g., drugs, theft, and violence) and consistency and severity in punishments.  Read on

Federal appeals courts issue
conflicting decisions on ACA subsidies

(July 22, 2014)
A few weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate, federal courts are looking at a different aspect of the law—exchange subsidies. On July 22, there was a flurry of activity on the issue, with two federal appeals courts issuing conflicting rulings. Read on

Illinois governor signs law prohibiting
criminal history inquiries on job applications
(July 22, 2014)
On July 21, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, which will prohibit most private-sector employers and employment agencies with 15 or more employees from asking applicants about their criminal histories and conducting criminal background checks until after applicants are deemed qualified for a job. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2015.  Read on

Obama order bars contractors
from LGBT employment discrimination

(July 21, 2014)
On July 21, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Read on

SHRM certification: How will HR professionals go forward?
(July 18, 2014)
Career-minded human resource professionals interested in proving their worth to their employers devote time, energy, and money into earning certification. But now the credentialing system they’ve relied on for decades is up in the air, and a new system is still a mystery. Read on

SHRM-HRCI rift: What does it mean for HR professionals?
(July 16, 2014)
The news of a change in certification for human resource professionals struck a nerve this spring when the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced it was developing a new certification system that seems to be a threat to the familiar credentials offered through HR Certification Institute (HRCI). In addition to questions about how the new system will work and what it means for the existing certification program, HR practitioners are wondering how the rancor surrounding the change will play out.  Read on

New guidance on pregnancy discrimination released
(July 15, 2014)
For the first time since 1983, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination. The new guidance incorporates significant developments in the law during the past 30 years, including how the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may apply to employees with pregnancy-related disabilities. Read on

New Arizona law spells out employees' victim leave rights
(July 14, 2014)
An amendment to Arizona’s law addressing leave rights for victims of juvenile offenses goes into effect on July 24, making the law on juvenile offenses mirror the law addressing leave rights for victims of criminal offenses. Read on

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