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Wellness-Incentive Guidance on the Way
By Mark McGraw
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently proposed a rule designed to provide guidance on the legal use of financial incentives to encourage participation in wellness programs. Experts say employers largely welcome the direction, but must be aware of the changes the new regulations may bring.
Religion in the Workplace
Workers are increasingly bringing theology into the office, factory, retail space and public sphere and expecting greater and sometimes surprising forms of accommodation. As a result, religious conflict in the American workplace is up.
On Guard Against Ageism
Experts say HR needs to ensure older workers are not overlooked when resources become scarce, as recent studies reveal that younger employees are favored over older ones when budgets get tight.
Equal vs. Special Treatment in Pregnancy
A new study finds pregnant employees are more concerned about job status and perceptions of their pregnancy than what accommodations are in store for them. Some say this counters Young v. UPS' underlying assumptions, while others disagree with that conclusion.
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?
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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?