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Sharpening the Whistle Blow
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's efforts to increase whistleblower claims have culminated in its Whistleblowers Severe Violators Enforcement program.
Challenging the Overtime Rules
Two lawsuits may block the Department of Labor's new overtime rules from going into effect on Dec. 1, but experts say employers should proceed as though they will become law.
Scrutinizing Social-Media Policies
Recent rulings from the National Labor Relations Board are shining a spotlight on employers' social-media policies.
Expanding on Retaliation
Experts say the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new guidance on retaliation presents an opportunity for HR professionals to explore ways to prevent such claims and protect their organization from them.
Choosing Parting Words Carefully
The Securities and Exchange Commission's recent ruling on severance agreements is the latest in a series of positions taken by federal agencies that depend on current and former employees reporting violations of law.
Unions Flourishing or Floundering?
Despite a recent NLRB decision in favor of union organizing, there are signs of a continuing weakening of unions' overall influence during the Obama administration.
Watching the Clock
Recent cases show agencies continue to struggle with properly implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements for paying employees for activities that are arguably part of the employee's workday.
No Laughing Matter
As this divisive election season heats up, employers are reminded to promptly stop workers from making unwelcome comments about co-workers' national origin, or else risk the wrath of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Overtime Overhaul
Newly proposed legislation calls for a more gradual roll-out of the Department of Labor's controversial new overtime rule.
The Bumpy Road to Paid Sick Leave
More workers in the United States are getting paid sick leave, but the trend has its challenges for HR. Even companies that already offer the benefit are struggling to keep up with inconsistent rules created by cities and states.
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Question: Our business leaders want to require all new employees who begin working with us to sign a noncompete agreement stating that they will not work with the competition for one year after leaving the job. They want to do this because we have been losing a lot of good workers to our competition recently. Is this something that is legally feasible?
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