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Fair Play ... Or Not?
Employers debate the merits and challenges of changing domestic-benefits policy for employees living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
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Class Action 2.0
A recent Seyfarth Shaw report finds Rule 23 -- the federal law governing employee class-action lawsuits -- undergoing a "major transformation." What can HR do to help the organization defend costly class-action litigation?
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Wrestling with the ACA's Reporting Requirements
A new survey finds many organizations are struggling with the reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Experts discuss ways HR leaders can get their organizations ahead of the compliance curve.
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NLRB Makes Union Organizing Easier
The National Labor Relations Board recently caused some big headaches for employers when it ruled that employers generally have to give non-management employees access to the employer's own email system to communicate with each other at work regarding working conditions and possible union organizing.
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Obama's SOTU Targets Worker Needs
In his sixth State of the Union address, the president covered a wide range of employment and labor issues, though experts don't expect many to ever see the light of day.
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A GOP Effect on the NLRB?
For employers looking to blunt union-organizing efforts this year, the road to success just got even rockier, thanks to three recent National Labor Relations Board decisions. But will a Republican-controlled Congress provide any relief for employers?
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The ACA and International Assignees
Large employers need to bear in mind the implications of international assignees and take steps to address compliance for their globally mobile employee base.
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Security Screenings Settled?
The Supreme Court recently ruled in Amazon's favor on the long-debated issue of whether to pay employees during security screenings. But some legal experts believe the case also highlights an employee-morale issue, and predict that organizations need to address the issue through their overall compensation plans or else risk future lawsuits.
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Job-Misclassification Woes
A class-action misclassification suit against Google is further evidence employers need to ensure their own employee-classification processes are current and compliant, legal experts say.
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Biometrics in the Workplace
While the use of biometrics continues to emerge in the workplace, at least one group is pushing back against its use: employees.
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Question: I suspect that one of my employees is taking drugs, but we don't have a drug-testing policy at our company. Can I have him drug tested?
Marijuana at Work Jan 5, 2015
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