HR News for January 30, 2015

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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

About one-half (52 percent) of organizations provided employees the option of flexible work arrangements such as teleworking in 2014, however only one-third (33 percent) of those reported that the majority of their employees were actually allowed to use them.

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OFCCP Seeks to Update Sex Discrimination Regulations

By Allen Smith  1/29/2015

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed updates to its sex discrimination regulations on Jan. 28, 2015, for the first time since they were issued 44 years ago.

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‘Substantial Cessation’ ERISA Rules Amended

By Allen Smith  1/29/2015

The closure of a plant may be intended to cut costs, but can result in liability under a little-known provision of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

The “substantial cessation” rules of Section 4062(e) of ERISA have been newly redefined mostly in employers’ favor, thanks to the end-of-year spending bill enacted Dec. 17, 2014.

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HR Key Defender of Tax ID Theft

By Roy Maurer  1/28/2015

Tax season is underway and HR professionals can play a key role in identifying and deterring tax identity theft, the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2014.

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Federal Mandate to Find Better Jobs for Workers with Disabilities Faces Obstacles

Moving into conventional workplaces won’t be easy

By Dana Wilkie   1/28/2015

Finding jobs for people with disabilities that allow them to work alongside those without disabilities may be a priority for a new Department of Labor (DOL) advisory committee, but it isn’t always easy, according to those who testified at the committee’s first hearing in January 2015.

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Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?

By Michael Abcarian  1/27/2015

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer monitoring of offsite conduct, especially when employees are off-duty.

Such monitoring may include the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking and video surveillance. It could include reprimanding employees for things like speeding tickets. These practices are usually within an employer’s legal rights, but managers need to be aware of what is and is not permissible from a legal perspective.

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