"Justices Try to Define Religious Accommodation Standard" and more #HR News for January 27, 2015

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Justices Try to Define Religious Accommodation Standard

By Joanne Deschenaux  2/26/2015

Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a woman who was denied a job because her Muslim headscarf, known as a hijab, conflicted with the company’s dress code? That was the question before the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 25, 2015, in a case that raises important questions about an employer’s obligations in the religious accommodation context (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, No. 14-86).  To continue reading this article, please click here.

Certain Spouses of H-1B Holders Authorized to Work

By Roy Maurer  2/26/2015

About 180,000 spouses of high-skilled foreign guest workers will be allowed to file for work authorization in the United States beginning May 26, 2015.

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Millennials Expect Raises, Promotions More Often than Older Generations

By Roy Maurer  2/26/2015

Millennial workers—those in their 20s and early 30s—set themselves apart from older generations by being more likely to expect raises, promotions and bonuses more than once a year; more likely to view having their own office as a right; and more actively looking for new job opportunities, according to survey results.

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How to Conduct a Job Hazard Analysis

By Roy Maurer  2/26/2015

A job hazard analysis (JHA) is an important tool for identifying and reducing hazards in any workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to develop detailed JHAs for potentially hazardous tasks.

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Retention Compensation Plans—Please Stay!

A successful retention pay strategy isn’t merely a giveaway for tenure

By Rob Rogers, © Findley Davies  2/26/2015

One component of executive and senior leadership compensation that has seen significant growth over the last several years is the implementation of retention compensation. On its face, retention compensation strategies are another form of long-term deferred compensation; but it is different in that retention rewards are typically in place because of a specific event or set of circumstances triggering the need.

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Excessive 401(k) Fees Case

By Allen Smith  2/25/2015

The case puts the duty to monitor “in neon lights,” Nancy Ross, an attorney with Mayer Brown in Chicago, told SHRM Online. “Tibble v. Edison [No. 13-550] puts ERISA’s time limitation for challenging fiduciary activities in jeopardy, asking the court to expand it by finding that the time period runs continually until a prior breach is corrected. If the court endorses that view, fiduciaries may never have closure for their previous decisions or those of their predecessors, which will have a chilling effect on willingness to serve as a plan fiduciary, as well as increase benefit plan costs, to the detriment of both plan sponsors and participants."

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N.Y.: $5.85M Settlement of Interns’ Class Action Preliminarily Approved

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