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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

To E-Verify or not to E-Verify?
(July 11, 2014)
E-Verify is an Internet-based employment authorization verification system administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Although many companies have no choice regarding E-Verify participation (e.g., certain federal contractors and employers in certain states), those with the luxury of choice should seriously consider the consequences. Rather than asking “how” to register, companies need to ask whether they “should” register. Read on

UAW trying different approach to unionize Volkswagen plant
(July 11, 2014)
Despite two failed attempts to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the United Auto Workers (UAW) on July 10 announced the creation of Local 42, a local that Chattanooga VW workers can join voluntarily.  Read on

New Louisiana law prohibits employers from seeking social media passwords
(July 10, 2014)
Louisiana’s new Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act (House Bill 340) goes into effect August 1. It precludes employers from requesting or requiring employees and job applicants to disclose any username or password that allows access to their personal online accounts.  Read on

Retaliation charges on the rise: how to protect your company
(July 9, 2014)
In 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigated 93,727 charges of discrimination, which resulted in penalties totaling $372.1 million. Retaliation claims accounted for 41 percent of all the charges.  Read on

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