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Striking a Blow
for Diversity?
In Fisher v. University of Texas, the Supreme Court has ruled that the school may continue to consider race as one of many factors in selecting students. Experts say the case should remind employers and HR leaders to think broadly when pursuing diversity goals.
Labor Law in the Uber Age
Technology is driving demand for a new way to classify workers who are neither employees nor independent contractors. But some say there are easier fixes.
Wrestling with Caregiving Woes
As more workers take on caregiving duties, experts urge HR professionals to revisit leave policies and help eliminate the (often unconscious) biases associated with these workers.
A 'Reasonable' Rule?
Experts say the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic record-keeping and retaliation rule could be seen as public shaming of employers with a bad track record.
'Sham' Unions, Real Lawsuits
A nearly forgotten provision of federal labor law has come back to haunt wireless carrier T-Mobile. Experts say the case highlights a common practice -- collecting employee feedback -- that could be risky for other companies as well.
EEOC Rule Clarifies Wellness Programs
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new rule on wellness programs imposes limitations on the type of information employers can collect from workers. Some critics, however, object to the many layers of federal regulations covering these programs.
Caution Around Concerted Activities
An appeals court recently upheld the NLRB's decision that a Jimmy John's franchisee violated the NLRA in terminating and disciplining employees who posted fliers implying customers might get sick after eating sandwiches there. Experts say the ruling is no surprise, but it does underscore the need for employers to tread carefully in such situations.
EEOC Addresses Leave Issues
Experts say HR leaders should recognize that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's focus extends beyond individual violations to ensuring that a company's entire employee leave process is ADA-compliant.
New OT Rule Poses Challenges
The new rule will boost the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay. But experts say its effects on employers remain uncertain.
The Battle over Bathroom Rights
Balancing the religious freedoms of employees with gender expressions in the workplace may be an impossible task for HR professionals, experts say.
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Question: We just completed an internal investigation into allegations of discrimination and found the evidence did not substantiate the claim. Are we required by law to tell the complaining employee -- who keeps asking about the investigation -- sensitive information uncovered by the investigation? If not, is there a best practice for how much information HR should share about an investigation and its results with the complaining employee?