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Noncompete Clause Headaches
A recent court case in Missouri regarding noncompete clauses demonstrates that, while such documents may indeed protect an organization's best interests, they can also cause plenty of legal and HR issues as well.
A Difficult Transition
As two groundbreaking new cases filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clearly illustrate, the HR issues surrounding the proper handling of workers in the process of transitioning from one gender to another are manifold.
A Disconnect Between HR and Employees
New research finds a persistent disconnect exists between employees and their HR departments, but experts say there are ways the function can change how they're perceived within an organization.
Lightening a Burden -- Of Proof
A proposed clarification on whistleblowers' burden of proof by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely bring more suits -- and HR headaches -- according to legal experts.
HR's Role in Safeguarding PHI
With the constant proliferation of protected health information, HR teams need a thorough understanding of where it exists, its security risks and the appropriate data-protection obligations.
The Trouble with Medical-History Requests
Asking an employee for access to his or her family's medical history is difficult to justify in court, legal experts say, just as a new lawsuit puts the issue of "overbroad" medical inquiries in the spotlight.
Ratcheting Up Reporting Rules
OSHA's new workplace death and serious-accident reporting rules could have employers scrambling to ensure they are reporting a much broader array of workplace incidents.
Clearing Up Pay Transparency
The United States Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently proposed a rule aimed at knocking down the walls of secrecy when it comes to pay for federal contractors. HR experts weigh in on what the rule -- if accepted -- may mean for employers with federal contracts.
Reality Check on Marijuana
With all eyes on an upcoming Colorado Supreme Court hearing, experts weigh in on whether employers will ever really be forced to let cannabis infiltrate their workplaces.
Domestic Violence: The Workplace Connection
Despite an almost daily drumbeat of domestic-violence reports in the news, less than one-third of U.S. organizations have a domestic-violence policy in effect. Experts suggest companies craft policies that include accommodations such as a safe parking space or a change in work hours for affected employees.
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Question: We are a very social office. Many of our supervisors go out drinking with employees on Fridays and we hear that at times things can get a little raunchy when people are drunk. Can this off-work behavior result in potential liability for the company?
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