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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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Time for an FCRA Refresher Course?
A recent report finds the number of class-action lawsuits involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act roughly tripling between 2013 and 2014. Given plaintiffs' success -- and subsequent large settlements -- in these cases, experts suggest that now would be a good time to brush up on the statute's requirements.
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Wellness Gone Wild
A new front on the legal battleground is opening up: when a company's wellness program is accused of overstepping its legal boundaries.
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Court Time for HR
As usual, the highest court in the land takes on cases that affect HR strategies and policies. And while the decisions may not be earth-shattering, some could have real implications in the HR space.
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Fighting Workplace Violence
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cracked down on two companies for violence in the workplace. Can your organization's violence-prevention program satisfy federal standards?
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Banning Wearable Tech at Work?
Wearable technology holds both great promise and great peril in the workplace of the future. Here's what HR leaders need to know to get ahead of this latest tech curve.
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The Debate over Joint-Employer Status
While current laws do not recognize franchisers and their franchisees as joint employers, a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board named McDonald's USA as a joint employer regarding alleged unfair labor practices at franchisee-owned restaurants.
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A Costly Lack of Training
An appeals court recently ruled that a company's "failure to train" an employee can be an actionable form of employment discrimination. Experts cite the case as another example of the need to be able to demonstrate why an employee didn't receive an opportunity at advancement.
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Increasing Website Accessibility for the Disabled
Federal law requires businesses and nonprofits to ensure their facilities open to the public are fully accessible to the disabled on an equal basis to the non-disabled. Many businesses may be unaware that, in addition to their traditional brick-and-mortar facilities, this may also include their company website.
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Ducking a Premium Blow
Corporate pension-plan managers are breathing a sigh of relief as Congress appears to have dropped any intention of raising the premiums companies pay to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
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Pregnancy-Discrimination Collision Course?
Though lauded by supporters, last week's EEOC pregnancy-discrimination guidance is being scrutinized by some critics over its timing.
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Employers Blame Economy for Workers' Lawsuits
Despite an improving economy, more companies in a recent survey say economic conditions are pushing unhappy workers to file more lawsuits against their employers.
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The DOMA Decision: One Year Later
One year after the Supreme Court struck down fundamental provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, a recent survey finds a growing number of companies offering benefits to same-sex couples. And it's not just compliance with the law that's driving this increase, experts say.
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Terminating At-Will Employees
Many HR executives believe they can terminate at-will employees for any reason whatsoever. Here's why they're wrong.
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Taking Aim at Workplace Bullies
Tennessee's recent passage of a limited-in-scope Healthy Workplace Act begs the question: Will lawmakers from other states soon follow in its footsteps with something more substantial?
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No More Working for Peanuts
The proliferation of unpaid interns over the past 20 years indicates that managers and HR types seem to have forgotten about the Fair Labor Standards Act -- or else, if they vaguely know about it, they somehow think it doesn't apply to them, experts say.
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Separate Companies, Joint Employers?
The National Labor Relations Board recently announced that it's considering making changes in the National Labor Relations Act's long-held standards regarding joint employer relationships. Experts weigh in on what this could mean to the future of doing business.
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Religion on Display
Recent research found employers are less likely to consider job candidates whose resumes highlighted involvement with religious organizations. Religious affiliations may not necessarily indicate a candidate's ability to do a particular job, but experts suggest it still would be prudent for hiring managers to put such experiences in the proper context.
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Question: As we embark on the holiday party season, I would like a refresher on what sorts of things I need to be aware of when my company hosts a holiday party. At last year's party, one of our supervisors had a little too much to drink and became a bit too "friendly" with his staff. No one came forward and complained, but this supervisor's conduct was the subject of some office gossip the next few weeks. I'd like to have a better understanding of the liability that a company could face because of actions taken at a holiday party, and I also would appreciate some tips on how best to prevent issues from arising at a party.
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