Paving a Way to Greater Flexibility
By David Shadovitz
San Francisco became the first municipality in the country to pass an ordinance that gives employees working in the city the right to request changes in their working arrangements in order to meet their caregiving responsibilities. Some experts predict other cities and states could soon follow with similar regulations.
Drug-Free Workplace Act Turns 25
By Tom Starner
Passed by Congress in 1988, the Drug-Free Workplace Act was a limited -- but effective -- beginning to the workplace's war on drugs.
Confusion about Criminal-History Guidelines
By Kristen B. Frasch
Survey shows vast majority of HR executives think their organizations are compliant with EEOC criminal-background guidelines, yet a significant number still ask about criminal histories in job applications.
Good Samaritan, Bad Policy?
By Mark McGraw
Wal-Mart recently made news by firing -- then offering to rehire -- an employee who violated company policy while helping a woman being attacked on store property. While workplace violence policies are certainly necessary, employers may still want to consider circumstances and intent when disciplining employees who come to another's aid, experts say.
Taking It Straight to the SEC
By Mark McGraw
The SEC has awarded $14 million to an unidentified whistleblower who went directly to the agency without first bringing the complaint to his or her employer. Experts say the award will likely spur more whistleblowers to take the same route, and urge HR to actively encourage employees to report internally.