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Employer can—and should—investigate
off-duty conflict between employees

(August 28, 2015)
Sometimes employees just don’t get along, and employers know they need to intervene when harassing and even threatening behavior occurs on the job. But should the employer launch an investigation if coworkers trade harsh words after hours away from the workplace? Read on

NLRB adopts new standard
in determining joint employment

(August 27, 2015)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a new and broader standard of what constitutes joint employment by taking a stand that abandons a long-accepted standard in favor of one the Board claims better reflects “the current economic landscape.” Read on

'Ban-the-box' movement
making its way across the country

(August 26, 2015)
Individuals from Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, to former President Bill Clinton have contended that people are more than the worst thing they have ever done. It is a sentiment that many people desire—at least when viewing their own foibles. And now some employers across the country are using this argument to make it a little easier for those whose worst act resulted in a criminal conviction to later get a job.  Read on

Appeals court revives new homecare worker rules
on minimum wage, overtime

(August 25, 2015)
A new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requiring minimum wage and overtime pay for many homecare workers is set to take effect after a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Read on

Reinventing your performance reviews?
Don't forget the basics

(August 21, 2015)
For being a subject many people dread to think about, performance reviews have been getting a lot of thought lately. Business publications have been relating how big name companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Deloitte, and most recently Accenture have scrapped traditional rankings and once-a-year reviews in favor of new thinking. Tired of the possibly ineffective and definitely time-consuming—and therefore costly—old-style reviews, some major players in the corporate world are moving on.  Read on

New election rules yield much quicker elections
(August 19, 2015)
Union election petitions and quicker elections have been the immediate effect of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new election rules, which took effect April 14. The new rules were intended to speed up the election process through quicker deadlines and delaying some hearings on certain issues until after the election. Read on

NLRB dismisses petition to unionize Northwestern football players
(August 17, 2015)
Just how the dismissal of the petition to unionize some Northwestern University football players will affect other representation issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is uncertain, but one issue the Board didn’t touch is whether scholarship football players should be considered employees.  Read on

OFCCP issues checklist on disability employment requirements
(August 17, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a checklist designed to help contractors analyze whether their affirmative action plans meet the government’s requirements for ensuring employment opportunities for people with disabilities.   Read on

DOL issues updated FMLA forms
(August 14, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issues forms for employers to use in the administration of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. On the heels of the old forms expiring earlier this year, the DOL has issued new forms. The revisions update the expired forms to reference the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and recent regulations related to military service leave. Read on

It's August and the office is freezing: Why is that and what should HR do?
(August 7, 2015)
The dog days of summer generally aren’t known for temperatures that bring on bouts of shivering—unless you’re among the many who work in office buildings that are not so much air-conditioned as they are refrigerated.  Read on

New law allows veteran preference for private employers in Nebraska
(August 7, 2015)
Private employers in Nebraska will be allowed to implement policies giving hiring preference to veterans when a new law takes effect on August 30. Read on

ACA's 'Cadillac tax' is looking more like a 'Toyota tax'
(August 5, 2015)
For several years now, employers have spent a great deal of time focusing on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) play-or-pay mandate. Numerous articles have been written and numerous educational seminars have been given discussing issues such as who is subject to the mandate, what the definition of a full-time employee is, and how hours are counted. Finally, the benefits community is starting to focus more on the next major ACA issue: the so-called “Cadillac tax,” a 40 percent nondeductible excise tax on high-cost health coverage that applies beginning in 2018. Read on

Houston council faces deadline on repeal of equal rights ordinance
(August 3, 2015)

A ruling from the Texas Supreme Court gives the Houston City Council until August 24 to repeal the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) or place it on the November ballot. The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to a list of other characteristics—sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, genetic information, and pregnancy. Read on

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