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Navigating Pregnancy-Discrimination Issues
While the Supreme Court decided not to rely on an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's 2014 guidance in rendering its recent Young v. UPS case, it still provides crucial insight on how the agency looks at issues related to pregnancy and how HR can properly train managers supervising pregnant workers.
Tipping the Scales
Experts say the outcomes of three gender-bias lawsuits filed in Silicon Valley could affect HR organizations across the country.
Cracking Down on Confidentiality Agreements
With other "enforcement actions" expected to follow the Securities and Exchange Commission's charge against KBR last week, experts suggest employers might be well-served to revisit their internal-investigation agreements -- along with a whole host of others -- to ensure they won't raise any red flags.
New Leave Laws for New Dads
Beginning in April, Massachusetts employers will be required to provide unpaid paternity leave to male employees. The question now, experts say, is not whether more states will follow suit, but whether employers and HR will eventually be obliged to offer paid leave to new fathers.
On the Alert for Accommodation
Employers don't always need to dig for employee-accommodation information, and HR can play a proactive role in the process.
Don't Tell Me No!
The NLRB has recently cracked down on employers' social-media and behavior policies. Where is the new line on prohibiting employee bad behavior and limiting social-media rants?
Changes in the Whistleblower Landscape
HR departments face the challenge of telling management that confidentiality provisions they have used in the past may not be available to them now.
FMLA Redefines the Family Relationship
A recent update to the FMLA extends family and medical-leave rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages. So, what does this new definition of spouse mean for HR?
Is Your Applicant-Screening Process Legal?
As the competition for top talent continues, many HR professionals understand the need to streamline their candidate-selection process to find and retain the best possible workers. However, many applicant-tracking systems and screening practices may not even be legal.
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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Legal Clinic Column

Question: I own several restaurants and I do not have a way to safely and efficiently distribute paychecks. Aside from distributing paychecks to employees at the workplace, what alternatives are available to employers to securely pay their employees, and what do I need to do to comply with federal and state laws?