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White paper on DOL's new 'blacklisting' rule now available
(August 29, 2016)
Attorneys with Fortney & Scott, LLC, in Washington, D.C., who edit Federal Employment Law Insider, sprang into action after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations on August 25 implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order—often called the “blacklisting” rule. The controversial rule will require federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose purported violations of 14 federal laws (and their state-law equivalents) during the preceding three-year period when bidding on federal contracts worth more than $500,000.  Read on

More employers, employees
finding what's old is new again

(August 26, 2016)
When employees decide to leave a job and move on with their careers, they may think their last look at their old employer will be in the rearview mirror. But more and more, their goodbyes are morphing into hellos.  Read on

Final 'blacklisting' rule for federal contractors issued
(August 25, 2016)
The long-awaited regulations implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order—often called the “blacklisting” rule—were made final on August 24, even though change may be on the way as a result of litigation and legislation. The final rule, announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, will take effect on October 25.  Read on

Columbia University decision
latest NLRB victory for unions

(August 24, 2016)
The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling that graduate student assistants at private colleges and universities are entitled to unionize is the latest Board action seen as a boon to union interests.  Read on

EEOC report calls for reboot
of employer antiharassment efforts

(August 24, 2016)
Over a 15-month period, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioners Victoria Lipnic and Chai Feldblum led a task force focused on understanding and preventing workplace harassment. On June 20, 2016, Commissioners Lipnic and Feldblum released a final report and recommendations based on their experience leading the EEOC task force. Read on

Arizona voters will decide minimum wage,
recreational marijuana proposals

(August 22, 2016)
On August 18 and 19, two Maricopa County Superior Court judges cleared the way for two voter initiatives with significant implications for Arizona employers to appear on the November ballot. One would raise the statewide minimum hourly wage to $10 on January 1, 2017, and the other would make recreational marijuana legal for people 21 and older and establish a regulatory system like Colorado’s.  Read on

SWAT, SOAR can be your compass on a strategic planning trek
(August 19, 2016)
Few would argue about the importance of strategic planning for organizational success. Almost no one would push for rushing blindly into the future with no goals or plans for what kind of talent to acquire. But embarking on long-term planning can be daunting if no thought goes into what direction to take. Methods exist, though, to make the task not pay off.  Read on

On the ball? Employee wants to bring her own seat to work
(August 17, 2016)
Q One of our employees brought a large ball to work and is using it instead of her company-provided chair. She says it’s better for her back, but she doesn’t have a back problem. She states that she’s using it proactively. Do we have the right to require her to use our company-provided chairs? If she falls or rolls off her ball, are we liable for an injury? Read on

Notice for Colorado's new pregnancy accommodation law available
(August 15, 2016)
The Colorado Civil Rights Division has released a suggested notice for employers to post related to the state’s new pregnancy accommodation law. Under the law, Colorado employers must post a notice of employee rights as well as provide written notice to new hires at the start of employment and existing employees no later than December 8, 2016.  Read on

Moonlighting the new norm? Time for employers to face the future
(August 12, 2016)
Many industrious office workers may be more industrious than their employers realize. In fact, after putting in time at their primary jobs, a lot of those workers rush off to other jobs—jobs that help them make ends meet or build savings, or maybe they work a second job to pursue a passion. Whatever the reason, researchers have found that moonlighting may be on its way to being the new normal.   Read on

Campus recruiting: It's about making connections, not just filling jobs
(August 5, 2016)
It’s the time of year when college students are getting ready to go back to campus to complete their education and find their place in the world of work. But students aren’t the only ones heading back to school. Employers, too, have business on campus as they look for the best and the brightest to join their organizations.   Read on

New OSHA rules limit postincident drug testing
(August 5, 2016)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new rules revising its requirements for recording and submitting records of workplace injuries and illnesses. Read on

Massachusetts passes broad new pay equity law
(August 3, 2016)
A new Massachusetts pay equity law going into effect on July 1, 2018, contains provisions that are much broader than current federal law and even prohibits employers from screening applicants based on their salary or wage history.  Read on

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