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What will Trump's EEOC look like?
(March 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have vowed to erase many of the previous administration’s programs, and they want to demonstrate their commitment to change immediately.   Read on

Federal contractors hail Congress's decision
to kill 'blacklisting' rule

(March 7, 2017)
On March 6, Congress voted to repeal a regulation requiring federal contractors to report employment law violations to agencies that award contracts. President Donald Trump is expected to approve the resolution. Read on

Employers face uncertainty over 'less disruptive'
new travel ban, H-1B delay

(March 7, 2017)
The Trump administration recently implemented two major changes to its immigration policies, and the full effect for employers remains to be seen. Between a replacement Executive Order (EO) on immigration and the suspension of the fast-track process for H-1B (highly skilled) worker visas, employers and foreign employees may soon face new hurdles, albeit fewer than under the original immigration EO.  Read on

Supreme Court's action on transgender rights
keeps employers watching

(March 7, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it has decided not to hear arguments in a case regarding restroom access for transgender students doesn’t directly affect employment, but it puts employers on notice to keep up with developments that could affect the workplace. Read on

Up-to-date handbook a vital tool
for onboarding, training, and more

(March 3, 2017)
Employees and their supervisors need to know the rules, and handbooks need to communicate that information. But getting the most from a handbook means putting it to work in onboarding new employees, training managers and supervisors, defending employers when employees complain, and more.  Read on

Top 10 mistakes in FMLA policies
(March 1, 2017)
Although it was enacted more than 20 years ago in 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) still presents numerous challenges for employers. Even the most adept and experienced HR professionals make mistakes when administering FMLA leave. In light of changes in the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) FMLA regulations over the past several years, some of you may find that your company’s FMLA policy is out of date. This article provides an overview of the most common mistakes employers make when drafting an FMLA policy. Read on

As political tensions rise, employers
need to take care responding to protests

(February 24, 2017)
Many employers saw their ranks diminished on February 16 as a host of employees stayed away from work in support of the nationwide “A Day Without Immigrants” campaign. Most of the time, employers are clear about how to apply their attendance policies, but the new wave of protests brings up possible complications. Read on

Employers advised to stay up to date
on legal trends affecting transgender rights

(February 23, 2017)
The Trump administration’s action rescinding guidance to public schools on restroom policies for transgender students sends a different signal than guidance from federal agencies dealing with employment, but the real message for employers is to stay tuned.  Read on

Make employee training worth it, not wasteful
(February 22, 2017)
British-Canadian author Elizabeth Thornton once said, “Objective leaders identify their unproductive mental models and tweak them for greater effectiveness.” The same can be said for employers and employees. Read on

California emplloyers have until March 1
to comply with new restroom law

(February 21, 2017)
California employers need to be in compliance with the state’s new “all-gender” requirements for single-use restrooms by March 1.Read on

Flu season's legal issues nothing to sneeze about
(February 17, 2017)
It’s bad enough that flu can make people miserable and hamper an employer’s operations, and it may be even worse when employees decide to power through and come to work sick, thereby spreading the misery. But besides dealing with the illness, employers have legal and policy issues to consider, including whether they can require employees to take flu shots and how to handle absences.   Read on

Employment lawyers like new Trump pick to head DOL
(February 17, 2017)
President Donald Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, to serve as secretary of labor. The announcement came less than 24 hours after Trump’s first choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from the approval process. Read on

Employers advised to be careful dealing with immigrant protests
(February 15, 2017)
Employers need to be aware of legal risks associated with how they handle various protests related to immigrants in the United States, including a boycott and work stoppage

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