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Reality Check on Marijuana
With all eyes on an upcoming Colorado Supreme Court hearing, experts weigh in on whether employers will ever really be forced to let cannabis infiltrate their workplaces.
Domestic Violence: The Workplace Connection
Despite an almost daily drumbeat of domestic-violence reports in the news, less than one-third of U.S. organizations have a domestic-violence policy in effect. Experts suggest companies craft policies that include accommodations such as a safe parking space or a change in work hours for affected employees.
Time for an FCRA Refresher Course?
A recent report finds the number of class-action lawsuits involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act roughly tripling between 2013 and 2014. Given plaintiffs' success -- and subsequent large settlements -- in these cases, experts suggest that now would be a good time to brush up on the statute's requirements.
Wellness Gone Wild
A new front on the legal battleground is opening up: when a company's wellness program is accused of overstepping its legal boundaries.
Court Time for HR
As usual, the highest court in the land takes on cases that affect HR strategies and policies. And while the decisions may not be earth-shattering, some could have real implications in the HR space.
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.
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Question: We are a company based in New York and have been receiving a lot of inquiries from employees about the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. They think it entitles them to five extra days of earned sick time, but we already have our own sick-time policy. Do we have to give our employees five extra days of sick time?