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'Unlawful' overtime rule temporarily blocked
(November 23, 2016)
A federal district court temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule on November 22, just days before it was scheduled to take effect. The judge who issued the order called the regulation “unlawful” and said such actions should be left to Congress. Read on

Moderation in all things
(November 23, 2016)
What brings job satisfaction to employees is a key inquiry for every HR professional. And, as we have written before, that answer changes with the times and with the circumstances. Boomers wanted job security and were often most comfortable when they were taking detailed instructions from supervisors.   Read on

Keep these do's and don't in mind
when reviewing handbooks

(November 18, 2016)
The company handbook: It sounds so routine, like something that’s been around forever and just needs a quick and easy update every year or so, a task that a seasoned human resources professional can handle with ease. But considering the rapidly changing legal landscape and the ever-growing number of ways for employers to find themselves in litigation, the complexity of handbook writing becomes clear. Read on

Judge to NLRB: time to stop protecting
racist, sexist conduct

(November 16, 2016)
A federal judge recently called out the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for its history of taking a “cavalier and enabling” approach toward the “sexually and racially demeaning misconduct of some employees during strikes.” Let’s take a closer look at the case.  Read on

With Trump win, many
employment initiatives in question

(November 14, 2016)
Recent employment initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration could be in jeopardy under Donald Trump’s presidency, but employers still need to comply with those laws and regulations for now, says one expert. Read on

Judge blocks Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule
(November 11, 2016)
A Texas federal district court judge has granted a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule’s requirements that federal contractors report labor law violations, that the government consider such disclosures when awarding contracts, and that contractors include certain restrictions in their arbitration programs. Read on

Colorado voters OK minimum wage hikes
(November 10, 2016)
On November 8, Colorado voters decided to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour over the next four years. By about a 54-46 margin, voters passed Amendment 70, which changes the Colorado Constitution to gradually raise the minimum wage. Read on

States approve minimum wage, paid leave ballot questions
(November 10, 2016)
States with employment-related ballot questions mostly approved them during the November 8 election, and employers have little lead time before many measures will be implemented. Read on

How do we explain the need to change the FLSA overtime exemption?
(November 9, 2016)
This summer, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) indicated that under new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations issued in May, it might be necessary for various employers to change some workers’ overtime exemption.  Read on

Arizona voters approve increased minimum wage, paid sick leave
(November 9, 2016)
On November 8, nearly 60% of Arizona voters cast ballots in favor of increasing the state’s minimum wage and providing mandatory paid sick leave. The measure ensures that employers will have to pay at least $10 per hour beginning January 1, 2017. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase by 50 cents each year until it reaches $12 per hour in 2020. Read on

Voters reject changes to South Dakota's right-to-work law
(Novermber 9, 2016)
On November 8, South Dakota voters rejected Initiated Measure (IM) 23, which would have allowed unions to charge nonmembers reduced “fair share” dues for services like collective bargaining. An overwhelming 79 percent of South Dakotans voted against the measure.  Read on

Understand the whistleblower (and prevent retaliation claims)
(November 4, 2016)
With retaliation claims again topping the list of charges filed most frequently with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and whistleblower claims on the rise, employers can learn a great deal by better understanding the psychology of a whistleblower. Read on

Transgender bathroom case makes it to the Supreme Court
(November 2, 2016)
On October 28, 2016, the Supreme Court granted the request of the School Board of Gloucester County to consider whether the Court should overturn a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fourth Circuit ordered the School Board to allow Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, to use the boys’ restroom during his senior year of high school.  Read on

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