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Social Media's Effect on Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements
Organizations that fail to appropriately address the intersection between social media and non-solicitation or confidentiality agreements could be on the road to legal trouble.
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Concerns Over Overtime
Employers are cautiously awaiting more details from the Obama administration on its planned overhaul to the nation's overtime rules. Experts say any move to replicate California's overtime regulations would mean big headaches for companies.
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Temporary Workers, Risky Situations
Reducing injuries among temporary workers continues to be a major priority for OSHA, which recently boosted its communications efforts around the agency's Temporary Worker Initiative.
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Pushing for Mandatory Paid-Sick Leave
New York is the latest city to implement a mandatory paid-sick-leave law. As support for such legislation grows around the country, HR professionals everywhere may want to start thinking about what their organizations would need to do in order to comply should such laws take effect in their areas.
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Workplace Flexibility Still Proves Elusive
Study shows flexible-work arrangements remain out of reach for most employees, and finds employers' options are still too limited.
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Fighting FMLA Abuse
Family and Medical Leave Act abuse comes in many forms. The solution to curbing it, however, will require HR leaders to rethink their current approach and suspend their trust in some employees.
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Can Works Councils Work Here?
After Volkswagen employees rejected United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize at a plant in Tennessee, whispers about works councils persist. With success achieved overseas, could these bodies impact employee representation in the United States?
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Push Is On Against Unemployment Discrimination
With increasing efforts under way to ensure the long-term unemployed aren't discriminated against, employers would be wise to stay 10 strokes ahead of the wave.
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Time to Reassess Severance Agreements?
It might be, if the EEOC wins a lawsuit that claims CVS Pharmacy's separation agreements interfere with employees' right to file discrimination charges and communicate with the agency. Experts say an EEOC victory would compel other employers to take a hard look at their own agreements.
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Are Employers Being 'Ambushed'?
Proposed NLRB union-organizing rules are being called 'game changers' by both sides in the debate, and for very different reasons.
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Reading Between the Lines
While a recent reduction in disability-related charges from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may be viewed as a positive trend, a deeper look shows a different picture.
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Veterans, Disabled Hiring Requirements Looming
March 24 is the day the OFCCP's final rules take effect for enhancing the hiring of veterans and disabled individuals. If you're not ready, or close to ready, you should be concerned.
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Big Pharma's Gender Headaches
Recent gender-based class-action suits against pharmaceutical makers shed some light on potential root causes, as well as actions HR professionals may take to avoid similar situations in their own organizations, regardless of industry.
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Revamping the 'Advice Exemption'
Law firms and employers are bracing for a new rule that has the potential of altering the attorney-client relationship by redefining the meaning of "advice" under the LMRDA.
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What HR Needs to Know for Valentine's Day
What does Valentine's Day mean for HR folks? Hopefully, Valentine's Day doesn't bring situations involving inappropriate gifts, sexual conversations or the boss asking a subordinate out on a date. But, guess what folks: It might.
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Focusing on Family-Caregiver Discrimination
While a steadily growing number of working Americans report they are caring for elderly and ailing parents, the number of employees claiming they were treated unequally because of their caregiver status rose by nearly 400 percent in recent years. What can HR do to ensure organizations avoid such discrimination claims?
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COBRA: Ready for the Antiques Road Show?
Managing a total-rewards program that engages and retains your top talent is hard enough without the clutter of outmoded legislation. We can respect COBRA's historic background, but acknowledge it doesn't quite match present-day realities. Can we call it a benefits antique -- once a modern solution to a real problem, but now looking very dated?
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Don't Break GINA'S Rules
In the wake of a recent settlement announced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, experts advise employers to take immediate measures to ensure they are not violating current laws against the collection of genetic and family medical-history information.
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Question: There has been a lot of recent talk about social media with respect to employer monitoring of employees' social-media activity and, more specifically, what employers can and cannot ask employees related to their social-media activity. Can you please provide a summary of the recent developments in this area?
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