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The Debate over Joint-Employer Status
While current laws do not recognize franchisors 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.
Taking Aim at Workplace Bullies
Tennessee's recent passage of a limited-in-scope Healthy Workplace Act begs the question: Will lawmakers from other states soon follow in its footsteps with something more substantial?
No More Working for Peanuts
The proliferation of unpaid interns over the past 20 years indicates that managers and HR types seem to have forgotten about the Fair Labor Standards Act -- or else, if they vaguely know about it, they somehow think it doesn't apply to them, experts say.
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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?