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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tipping the Scales
Experts say the outcomes of three gender-bias lawsuits filed in Silicon Valley could affect HR organizations across the country.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Changes in the Whistleblower Landscape
HR departments face the challenge of telling management that confidentiality provisions they have used in the past may not be available to them now.
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FMLA Redefines the Family Relationship
A recent update to the FMLA extends family and medical-leave rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages. So, what does this new definition of spouse mean for HR?
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Is Your Applicant-Screening Process Legal?
As the competition for top talent continues, many HR professionals understand the need to streamline their candidate-selection process to find and retain the best possible workers. However, many applicant-tracking systems and screening practices may not even be legal.
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Fair Play ... Or Not?
Employers debate the merits and challenges of changing domestic-benefits policy for employees living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
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Class Action 2.0
A recent Seyfarth Shaw report finds Rule 23 -- the federal law governing employee class-action lawsuits -- undergoing a "major transformation." What can HR do to help the organization defend costly class-action litigation?
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Wrestling with the ACA's Reporting Requirements
A new survey finds many organizations are struggling with the reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Experts discuss ways HR leaders can get their organizations ahead of the compliance curve.
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NLRB Makes Union Organizing Easier
The National Labor Relations Board recently caused some big headaches for employers when it ruled that employers generally have to give non-management employees access to the employer's own email system to communicate with each other at work regarding working conditions and possible union organizing.
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Obama's SOTU Targets Worker Needs
In his sixth State of the Union address, the president covered a wide range of employment and labor issues, though experts don't expect many to ever see the light of day.
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A GOP Effect on the NLRB?
For employers looking to blunt union-organizing efforts this year, the road to success just got even rockier, thanks to three recent National Labor Relations Board decisions. But will a Republican-controlled Congress provide any relief for employers?
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The ACA and International Assignees
Large employers need to bear in mind the implications of international assignees and take steps to address compliance for their globally mobile employee base.
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Question: Given the ever-increasing costs of employee benefits, our senior executives have asked whether we can reduce employee benefits as a cost-cutting measure. Can an employer take steps to reduce employee benefits in order to cut costs?
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