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Monday, July 07, 2014
Timing key when responding to FMLA requests »
Issue: One of your employees has requested leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). How quickly do employers hav...
Monday, July 07, 2014
Managing social networking without becoming Big Brother »
The following article was written for Human Resource Management: Ideas & Trends, a Wolters Kluwer Law & Business p...
Monday, July 07, 2014
Employee benefits adjusted to emphasize health care, wellness »
Despite rising health care costs, employers are redirecting more of their financial resources toward health and wellness b...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Five best practices for revitalizing the performance review process »
Most organizations conduct yearly performance reviews because they believe they are critical to ensuring the ongoing succe...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Proposed rule extends FMLA rights to employees in same-sex marriages »
By Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced on June 20, 2014, a proposed rule that woul...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Bona fide orientation periods finalized under ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation »
The Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Employee Benefits Security Admini...
Monday, June 23, 2014
New interactive training tool helps identify workplace hazards »
OSHA has released a new interactive training tool to help small businesses effectively identify hazards in the workplace...
Monday, June 23, 2014
Franchise businesses raise challenge to Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law »
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, June 11, the International Franchise Association, Inc., and five individuals who operate...
Monday, June 23, 2014
Obama Administration drafting Executive Order to prohibit LGBT discrimination by federal contractors »
By Cynthia L. Hackerott, J.D. President Obama will sign an Executive Order (E.O.) banning discrimination against LGBT emp...
Monday, June 16, 2014
Feds say time workers spent in Integrity Staffing Solutions’ security screenings was not compensable »
By Pamela Wolf, J.D. Noting both the DOL’s role, through its Wage and Hour Division, in enforcing the FLSA and the Portal...
Monday, June 16, 2014
Trends, tips, forecasts on social media, BYOD in the workplace offered in Crowell & Moring report »
Employer policies should clearly identify both employer and employee rights with regard to individual and corporate social...
Monday, June 16, 2014
Survey shows U.S. employers interested in exploring stricter rules around their health strategy »
A new survey by Aon Hewitt shows that while employee cost shifting remains the most prevalent technique in employers' heal...
Monday, June 09, 2014
Seattle to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour »
The Seattle City Council has approved a bill that will reportedly make the city’s minimum wage the highest in the nation —...
Monday, June 09, 2014
Proposed rules on FMLA definition of spouse, minimum wage for new federal contracts close at hand »
By Pamela Wolf, J.D. The DOL anticipates that it will release a proposed rule modifying the definition of “spouse” for FM...
Monday, June 09, 2014
ODEP webinar will discuss best practices in complying with OFCCP’s VEVRAA & Section 503 revisions »
In a joint statement , the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and OFCCP announced a webi...
Monday, June 02, 2014
Management attorney offers guidance on “tough FMLA situations” »
By Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D. The FMLA is a “confounding statute,” said Penelope J. Phillips, a partner at Minneapolis manage...
Monday, June 02, 2014
WA Law Against Discrimination created implied cause of action for failure to accommodate religion »
The Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) created an implied cause of action for an employer’s failure to provide r...
Monday, June 02, 2014
Proposal for OFCCP compensation data collection tool slated for August publication »
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2014 indicates that the OFCCP expects to publish a proposal...
Monday, May 26, 2014
Contractor to pay over $40,000 in back wages, barred from future projects for underpaying workers »
Eleven workers who had been underpaid for work on an Auburn activity center will have nearly $43,000 in wages owed under a...
Monday, May 26, 2014
Do we really need the ACA’s employer mandate? »
Getting rid of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act‘s (P.L. 111-148; ACA) employer mandate would have little eff...
Monday, May 26, 2014
Money woes affecting workers, HR professionals say in SHRM survey »
A lack of money to cover expenses is affecting employees at their organizations, 41 percent of human resources professiona...
Monday, May 19, 2014
EEOC files suit against electrical contractors after they reject man with dyslexia »
McPhee Electric Ltd, an electrical construction company with offices in Connecticut, and Bond Bros, Inc, a construction ma...
Monday, May 19, 2014
Pay jumps to top factor contributing to U.S. employees’ satisfaction with their jobs, SHRM survey »
After enduring years of frozen wages or small pay increases, U.S. employees are now tying compensation to how happy they a...
Monday, May 19, 2014
The importance of offer letters according to Dallas employment attorney Keith Clouse »
Even in this age of technology and innovation, old school business best practices apply when hiring new employees, includi...
Monday, May 12, 2014
Proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour heads to the Seattle City Council »
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan that would raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour — purportedly the hi...
Monday, May 12, 2014
Military grooming regulation viewed as biased against African-American women to be reviewed »
By Pamela Wolf, J.D. A military grooming regulation that has drawn criticism over its limitations on certain women’s hair...
Monday, May 12, 2014
ACA-related FAQs address limitations on cost-sharing, summary of benefits and coverage »
The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (the Departments) have jointly issued an...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Manufacturer sued for allegedly firing veteran with PTSD instead of providing unpaid leave »
The EEOC has sued EZEFLOW USA, a pipe fittings manufacturer, claiming it violated federal law when it refused to give unpa...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Aon Hewitt analysis finds more employers adding Roth features to expand savings options »
Analysis from Aon Hewitt shows more U.S. employers are adding Roth 401(k) features than ever before and participation is a...
Monday, May 05, 2014
Higher healthcare costs for employees and more private exchanges are expected trends for near future »
Employees can expect to continue to pay more for their health plans, and to face higher deductibles and copays, according...
Monday, April 28, 2014
More companies facing regulatory proceedings; number of lawsuits steady but impact is greater »
Norton Rose Fulbright has released its Annual Litigation Trends Survey, which found that the number of U.S. companies faci...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Employers are starting to scale back medical plans to avoid Cadillac tax, say HighRoads and CEB »
The recently-released fifth annual Medical Plan Trends Report from HighRoads and CEB reveals that many employers are beg...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Tipped workers get a raise »
Waiters, bartenders, hairdressers and other Minnesota workers who rely on tips got a big raise last week when the state gu...
Monday, April 21, 2014
Paid family leave hits a snag in states »
California became the first state to embrace government-backed paid family and medical leave more than a decade ago. Since...
Monday, April 21, 2014
Expert says algorithms will ultimately replace resumes in hiring »
Blog posts, tweets, and cyber imprints and what they can reveal to a carefully designed algorithm may soon replace the old...

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