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Are for-smokers-only breaks unfair? Maybe, but usually not illegal
(July 31, 2015)
It’s a common frustration for employers: Some workers feel a strong need to break away from work a few – or several – times a day to get their nicotine fix. Other employees just feel a strong need to break away from work. If an employer allows smokers short cigarette breaks at various times through the workday, should nonsmoking employees get the same perk? Read on

OFCCP proposes updated
regulations on sex discrimination

(July 29, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced proposed regulations updating its current sex discrimination regulations for federal government contractors and subcontractors. The proposed regulations are the first substantive update to the “Sex Discrimination Guidelines,” which the OFCCP adopted in 1970.     Read on

New York fast-food employers bracing
for $15 minimum wage

(July 24, 2015)
New York fast-food workers may be celebrating the likelihood of a $15-an-hour minimum wage phased in over the next few years, but others are questioning the justification offered for the raise. Read on

Exploring how top management
can get the most out of HR

(July 24, 2015)
Nobody likes the idea of being exploited. Such a notion conjures up feelings of being abused and unfairly taken advantage of. But turn the notion around. What serious human resources professionals wouldn’t welcome working for an organization that fully “exploits” their talents and skills?  Read on

Don't ignore these e-mails!
EEOC ramps up digital charge system

(July 22, 2015)
On May 6, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in a single press release that 11 of its 53 offices will begin a pilot program called ACT Digital. This new online charge system will digitally transmit documents relating to discrimination charges between the EEOC and employers and will affect the processing of all new charges filed against public and private employers, employment agencies, and unions. Read on

Contractors face August 1 deadline
for new veteran reporting form

(July 20, 2015)
Beginning August 1, federal contractors must use the new VETS-4212 report to provide information to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) about their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans.  Read on

Which restroom should Caitlyn Jenner use?
(July 17, 2015)
Bruce Jenner, Olympic decathlon gold medalist and unfortunate/unwitting participant in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, recently transitioned from living as a man to living as a woman. For a fleeting moment, Caitlyn Jenner was even more famous than her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian (and is, truthfully, giving her a run for her money in the looks department).   Read on

North Dakota eases PTO payout rules
(July 16, 2015)
Because of new legislation taking effect August 1, private-sector employers in North Dakota will find it easier to avoid paying out unused paid time off (PTO) or vacation time when employees quit. Read on

New guidance signal tougher stance
on independent contractor classification

(July 15, 2015)
A new interpretation of language in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the latest effort in the government’s fight against what it sees as troubling misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Read on

Law or no, paid sick leave generating buzz among employers
(July 15, 2015)
Love it or hate it, paid sick leave is an idea gaining momentum across the country. A handful of states and local governments have passed laws in the last five years guaranteeing the leave for a good many private-sector workers. Read on

Agencies issue ACA-related regulations
addressing contraceptive coverage

(July 13, 2015)
On July 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued final regulations on coverage of certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the new regulations focus on the ACA’s controversial “contraceptive mandate.”  Read on

Don't lose a lawsuit before it's filed: Preserve evidence
(July 10, 2015)
Lawsuits are hard. Don’t make them harder for yourself or your employer by failing to preserve relevant evidence. You need to know that employers have a duty to preserve relevant evidence in employment cases—whether it’s pictures, products, documents, or electronically stored information—and there can be serious repercussions when you “spoliate,” or fail to preserve, such evidence.  Read on

Expanded data security breach laws taking effect in Washington
(July 9, 2015)
Washington’s expanded data security breach notification laws are set to take effect July 24, meaning employers must make sure they have safe and effective privacy practices in place and are ready to respond in the event of a security breach. Read on

 

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