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I-9 internal audit standards clarified
(April 18, 2014)
An acting deputy special counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, recently issued a technical assistance letter explaining that during an internal I-9 audit, a company shouldn’t request documents that an employee didn’t present when he originally completed his Form I-9 or ask for better photocopies of the documents provided by the employee.  Read on

HR skills inadequate? Research details
challenges for 21st century employers

(April 16, 2014)
Few would deny that the human resources department has its hands full. With change bombarding the workplace at an ever-increasing pace, HR professionals feel the heat. Now, a new study examining 21st century workplace trends concludes that HR is at risk of getting burned. Read on

NLRB, Congress mull changes
to regulations on union elections

(April 15, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) wrapped up a two-day meeting April 11 in which both foes and supporters spoke out about a proposed change to the rules governing union representation elections. But even before spokespersons of pro-union and pro-business interests began their statements, a U.S. House of Representatives Committee was advancing bills aimed at stopping changes that many pro-business interests say would create “ambush” union elections. Read on

Agency proposes clearing house
for commerical driver drug tests
(April 15, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a new rule that would create a database of commercial drivers’ drug test histories, making it easier for employers to find a job candidate’s past drug test results. The comment period is open until April 21. Read on

Rumor has it . . . the NLRB is
cracking down  on no-gossip policies

(April 11, 2014)
Apologies to Adele, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has whispered some words in my ear that tell a story employers won’t want to hear. People may say crazy things ― and the NLRB won’t let a “no-gossip” policy stop them. Read on

Northwestern's appeal of football ruling
claims NLRB ignored evidence

(April 10, 2014)
Northwestern University’s appeal of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling claims an NLRB regional director ignored evidence that the school’s scholarship football players are students—not employees—and relied too much on the testimony of a single player. Read on

Governor Walker friends Facebook users, bars employers from trolling employees' accounts
(April 9, 2014)
The question of whether employers can require applicants or current employees to divulge social media passwords has been hotly debated both from a legal and a moral standpoint. On April 8, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill protecting nonpublic social media accounts.  Read on

NLRB to hear stakeholders on 'quickie' election rule
(April 9, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board is set to hear opinions on its proposed changes to the rules governing union representation elections during hearings on April 10-11. The meetings can be seen in their entirety at www.nlrb.gov/openmeeting.  Read on

Maryland Legislature passes bill to raise
minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2018

(April 8, 2014)
On the final day of its legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to dramatically raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill, which was supported by Governor Martin O’Malley and is expected to be signed into law, calls for a staggered increase in the minimum wage over a period of four years, with the final increase due to set the minimum wage at $10.10 effective July 1, 2018. Read on

New executive actions target equal pay for women
(April 8, 2014)
President Barack Obama is once again using executive action related to the pay American workers earn. A White House fact sheet says the actions are aimed at fighting pay discrimination and strengthening enforcement of equal pay laws. Read on

United States reaches cap on H-1B visas in five days
(April 8, 2014)
It took just under a week for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to take in enough H-1B visa petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014. Read on

Feds to employers: Do as I say, not as I do
(April 4, 2014)
I’m no longer allowed to cuss in my house. It was a tough habit to break ― as the only girl in a family of seven children, I grew up with a lot of profanity. But I realized that I had to change my family’s behavior after a recent trip during which my three-year-old “impressed” her grandparents with her incredibly vast four-letter-word vocabulary. So now when I cuss at home, my daughter puts me in time-out until I apologize and promise not to do it again. Read on

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