Moving toward the latest trend in office design?
Don't forget legal concerns
(September 18, 2015)
Office workers want to be comfortable and productive at work, and they all have different ideas on how to accomplish that goal. Some want to sit. Others want to stand. Some want privacy for focused work. Others want open space for collaborative work. Still others want comfy-cozy nooks where they can curl up with a laptop. Some want it all, and office design gurus are eager to oblige.
California getting tough law on gender wage gap
(October 7, 2015)
A bill under consideration in the Washington, D.C., City Council would give most workers in the city the most generous paid family leave allowance in the country. The bill, introduced October 5, comes amid a push by President Barack Obama and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to encourage states and cities to adopt paid leave laws.
Push for paid family leave gets boost
from Washington, D.C., proposal
(October 7, 2015)
Maryland’s new law providing protection for unpaid interns is set to take effect October 1. To be covered by the law, the employer and the intern must agree that the intern isn’t entitled to wages for any work he performs.
EEOC 'cause' finding may be harmful
but doesn't mean an automatic loss
(October 7, 2015)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) investigations typically end when the EEOC issues a notice of dismissal and right-to-sue letter granting the charging party 90 days to file a lawsuit under one or more of the federal statutes the agency enforces—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, the EEOC also has the authority to file lawsuits in court on behalf of individuals when it finds cause to do so.
Risky buisness to muzzle
employee claiming harassment
(October 2, 2015)
When an employee complains to the human resources department that she’s the victim of sexual harassment, the proper course of action for the employer is to investigate the complaint. But once the investigation is complete and no evidence is found to support the accusation, it’s time to move on. Unfortunately, even the most thorough investigation may not end the matter.
NCAA rules limiting payments to college athletes
may violate anti-trust laws
(October 1, 2015)
Certain NCAA rules designed to ensure “amateur status” of student athletes may violate federal antitrust laws, according to a decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
NLRB puts employees on the spot
(September 30, 2015)
In a ruling that could make workplace investigations at unionized facilities all but impossible, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed a 37-year-old precedent that protected employees from retaliation.
Franchisee group calls ruling on Seattle wage law discriminatory
(September 28, 2015)
Franchisers in Seattle are faced with phasing in the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage more quickly than they had hoped now that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected their bid to be classified as small businesses, a decision the franchisers call discriminatory.
New Florida law offers employers protections against hackers
(September 28, 2015)
Effective October 1, Florida business owners will have a new civil remedy in the event they’re harmed by unauthorized access to their computers or information stored on protected computers.
As Obama term winds down, employers
adjust to change and brace for the future
(September 25, 2015)
Employers may be reeling from what they see as swift and dramatic changes related to employment regulation. In recent months, they’ve found themselves dealing with new rules on union representation elections, an impending expansion of who is eligible for overtime, a more restricted view of the use of independent contractors, as well as an array of new requirements for employers with federal contracts, and more.
New Connecticut law makes wage infractions more dangerous
(September 24, 2015)
A new Connecticut law taking effect October 1 requires courts to award double damages plus court costs and attorneys’ fees for most employee wage claims.
Job numbers good news for HR reps
(September 23, 2015)
Each month, economists eagerly await the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) jobs report. The report provides analysts a snapshot of the nation’s economic health by measuring the number of jobs the economy added or lost in the previous month. Based on a recent study, perhaps HR managers should review the monthly jobs report, too. The study found a remarkably strong correlation between the national unemployment rate and the number of charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
New Connecticut law protects interns from discrimination, harassment
(September 21, 2015)
Employers in Connecticut should update their antidiscrimination and antiharassment policies to cover unpaid interns as a new state law becomes effective October 1.
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