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Employment Law: Lessons from the World of Professional Sports
Over the past twelve months, several workplace issues have arisen in the world of professional sports, which should serve as reminders of every employer's obligations.
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Same-Sex Benefits
Don't look now, but same-sex benefits just went from "cutting edge" to "needed yesterday." As a result, employers across the country must make immediate -- and in some cases, retroactive -- changes on a number of fronts, including tax withholding and eligibility for employee benefits.
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Internship Legal Concerns Mount
With court cases and new laws mounting that restrict and redefine the use of unpaid interns, employment attorney and internship expert offers some food for thought for employers with internship season almost upon them.
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Giving HR's Role a Reboot?
Microsoft lost an $11.6 million jury verdict in a complex retaliation and defamation case that experts say probably could have been prevented.
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Giving HR's Role a Reboot?
Microsoft lost an $11.6 million jury verdict in a complex retaliation and defamation case that experts say probably could have been prevented.
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Goodbye, No-Gossip Policies?
As the NLRB targets employee-communications policies that are overly broad or potentially ambiguous, experts say no-gossip policies are the next to come under similar scrutiny.
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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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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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