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Fighting Workplace Violence
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cracked down on two companies for violence in the workplace. Can your organization's violence-prevention program satisfy federal standards?
Banning Wearable Tech at Work?
Wearable technology holds both great promise and great peril in the workplace of the future. Here's what HR leaders need to know to get ahead of this latest tech curve.
The Debate over Joint-Employer Status
While current laws do not recognize franchisers and their franchisees as joint employers, a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board named McDonald's USA as a joint employer regarding alleged unfair labor practices at franchisee-owned restaurants.
A Costly Lack of Training
An appeals court recently ruled that a company's "failure to train" an employee can be an actionable form of employment discrimination. Experts cite the case as another example of the need to be able to demonstrate why an employee didn't receive an opportunity at advancement.
Increasing Website Accessibility for the Disabled
Federal law requires businesses and nonprofits to ensure their facilities open to the public are fully accessible to the disabled on an equal basis to the non-disabled. Many businesses may be unaware that, in addition to their traditional brick-and-mortar facilities, this may also include their company website.
Ducking a Premium Blow
Corporate pension-plan managers are breathing a sigh of relief as Congress appears to have dropped any intention of raising the premiums companies pay to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
Pregnancy-Discrimination Collision Course?
Though lauded by supporters, last week's EEOC pregnancy-discrimination guidance is being scrutinized by some critics over its timing.
Employers Blame Economy for Workers' Lawsuits
Despite an improving economy, more companies in a recent survey say economic conditions are pushing unhappy workers to file more lawsuits against their employers.
The DOMA Decision: One Year Later
One year after the Supreme Court struck down fundamental provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, a recent survey finds a growing number of companies offering benefits to same-sex couples. And it's not just compliance with the law that's driving this increase, experts say.
Terminating At-Will Employees
Many HR executives believe they can terminate at-will employees for any reason whatsoever. Here's why they're wrong.
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Question: There has been a lot of recent talk about social media with respect to employer monitoring of employees' social-media activity and, more specifically, what employers can and cannot ask employees related to their social-media activity. Can you please provide a summary of the recent developments in this area?