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Massachusetts final sick leave regulations make substantial changes
(June 27, 2015)
Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey recently issued final regulations for the state’s new earned sick time law that aren’t quite what employers were expecting. As a result, employers are scrambling to update their sick time policies before the July 1 compliance deadline.  Read on

Employers need to examine policies, laws
in light of Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

(June 26, 2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage means employers across the country need to take a look at their policies as well as the effect the ruling has on various laws dealing with employment.  Read on

Hey boss! Get ready, be smart, and do the right thing
(June 26, 2015)
You have an important position to fill. You have narrowed the applicant pool to a manageable number. It’s time to conduct interviews, and you need the best person for the job. What can you do to conduct the best interview possible? Read on

Oregon employers must prepare
for statewide paid sick leave law

(June 25, 2015)
Paid sick leave will be the law in Oregon as of January 1, 2016, now that Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation passed by the state legislature in mid-June. Read on

Obamacare ruling means little change for employers
(June 25, 2015)
In a much-anticipated June 25 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a victory on his administration’s signature piece of legislation—the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although the ruling was crucial to the future of the healthcare law, it basically means business as usual for employers. Read on

Virginia online privacy law takes effect July 1
(June 25, 2015)
Virginia’s new law placing restrictions on the circumstances in which employers may access their employees’ social media accounts takes effect July 1. Read on

Next phase of Houtson' equal rights law set
(June 24, 2015)
As of June 27, more employers will be covered by the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance adds to the protected classes covered under federal and state civil rights laws. Read on

Activity trackers and wellness programs:
high-tech help or privacy threat?

(June 24, 2015)
What if an employer interested in improving the health of its employees—and reducing its health insurance premiums—could slap a device on workers to show statistics on physical fitness? Not only could the people participating in an employer-sponsored wellness program track their own progress, the employer also could see just how hard participants in its program work. Read on

Changes to California Family Rights Act regulations take effect July 1
(June 24, 2015)
Updated regulations for the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) take effect July 1. The new regulations represent the first significant revisions to the CFRA in 20 years and include a number of changes, many of which are designed to bring the regulations into greater conformity with their federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) counterparts. Read on

New Tennessee law allows guns in trunks at work
(June 22, 2015)
A new Tennessee law clearing up two years of confusion related to whether employers can enforce no-weapons policies goes into effect July 1. Gun-rights advocates have prevailed. Read on

The tragedy at Emanuel AME
(June 18, 2015)
Today’s current events are rife with bad news. The despicable and senseless murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, do not end at the doors of this historical house of worship. The event, however, does bring into focus an issue that our country and workplaces continue to wrestle with on a daily basis—that of race. Read on

Indiana employers need to be ready for religious freedom law
(June 18, 2015)
The new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA) is set to take effect July 1 after being signed into law in March and then amended in April because of objections that the statute would be used to discriminate, particularly on the basis of sexual orientation. Read on

Unlimited vacation policies: good idea or license to slack?
(June 17, 2015)
Employers have long used paid vacation policies as a compensation benefit and a means of enhancing employee productivity. To keep pace in a competitive hiring market, many California start-ups offer employees the right to take “unlimited” paid vacation. While “unlimited vacation” policies do offer certain benefits, the law on such policies is currently undeveloped, and employers must pay careful attention to implementation and administration to minimize legal risks. Read on

 

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