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Abercrombie Case Leaves Companies in Dark on Dress Codes

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May 19, 2015

Supreme Court: Fiduciaries Have Ongoing Duty to Monitor Investments

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May 19, 2015

Unlawful Genetic Test Used to Try to Catch Troublemakers

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May 18, 2015

N.J.: 'Ban the Box' Law Takes Effect

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May 18, 2015

Coordinating Wellness Requirements Under ADA and GINA Cloudy

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May 18, 2015

Ruling: Plan Documents Govern Discretion to Deny Claims

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May 5, 2015

Litigation over DAPA Action Stalls

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May 5, 2015

SEC Proposes Pay-Versus-Performance Rule

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May 4, 2015

Profane Facebook Rant Was Protected, Concerted Activity

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April 9, 2015

 

Whether they’re clocking in to work, trying to enter a secure room or driving a company car, many workers are finding that the procedures for these everyday workplace occurrences are changing. To continue reading this article, please click here

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March 20, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 
 

Flexwork Policies on the Rise, Participation Lagging

By Roy Maurer  1/30/2015

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January 30, 2015

 

For the past two years, I have told you the story about the "Jewish Guy Who Wears a Chai."  I am retelling the final version of the story this year, but with some additional information.  Here we go!

You walk into your building, and you see that holiday decorations are everywhere.  You pass by a beautiful pine Christmas tree elegantly decorated.  A co-worker responds:  “The tree is inappropriate to the workplace.”

December 2, 2014

Replace Candy Crush high score with email contacts on a personal iPhone used for work (BYOD), and you have the issue that a federal court in Texas recently tackled.

 

This case presents a set of facts not unlike those which could easily arise in your workplace.

November 20, 2014

 

Pregnancy discrimination is focus for new EEOC chairwoman

After a high-level executive with a 2-year-old son told her manager she was trying to get pregnant, the manager said a pregnancy could interfere with her job responsibilities, and two weeks later demoted her to a position that paid less and had no supervisory duties.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) went after the employer, concluding that the demotion’s timing and the manager's actions amounted to unlawful discrimination.

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November 13, 2014

Social media use continues to increase exponentially.  This increase has been accompanied by the increased interest in regulation of social media influenced employment decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  Social media posts frequently reach thousands of people.  Employers are concerned, and rightfully so.   

November 6, 2014

 

In addition to choosing candidates for federal, state and local offices on Nov. 4, voters in many states will be tasked with addressing several important public-policy questions.  

In Massachusetts, voters will be asked to decide whether employers should be required to provide paid sick leave to employees. Minimum-wage measures have been certified to appear on the ballots in five states. 

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November 4, 2014

 

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. This bill creates new Labor Code section 2810.3, which applies to most companies with 25 or more employees that obtain or are provided workers to perform work within their “usual course of business” from companies that provide workers. The new law makes such companies liable for:

October 10, 2014

 

When a former employee of a Domino’s Pizza store in California filed a sexual harassment complaint in 2009, she decided to sue a variety of different parties. This included not only the franchisee and her former supervisor, but also the franchisor.

The dispute ultimately made its way to the California Supreme Court. In August, the court ruled that franchisors are liable in such cases only if they have day-to-day control over relevant employment matters (Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza LLC, Calif., No. S204543 (Aug. 28, 2014)).

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October 3, 2014

 

Despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health care costs, roughly half of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the thresholds triggering the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on high-value plans in 2018, and the percentage is expected to rise significantly in subsequent years, according to an analysis by consultancy Towers Watson.

September 29, 2014