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Preparing for New Overtime Rules
HR professionals need to be on top of the developments surrounding an overhaul to current white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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A Deeper Dive into the Pay Gap
Many HR professionals are trying to figure out if the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission's newly proposed revisions to its EEO-1 form are really justified or if they will simply turn out to be one gigantic administrative burden.
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Revisiting the 'Manager Rule'
A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals may force employers to put a sharp focus on the retaliation "minefield" of the Fair Labor Standards Act, experts say.
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Compliance Officers Need More Clout
A recent survey finds more companies are hiring compliance and ethics officers; however, scandal and fraud continue, and a lack of effective training and empowerment are likely chief factors.
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A Matter of Faith
Observant Muslims are required to pray five times a day. However, accommodating this need has proven contentious in some workplaces.
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Employment Law Outlook for 2016
Litigation against employers continues to rise, often with significant financial consequences. What can HR do to reduce the risk?
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Hitting Pause on Workplace-Recording Policies
Legal experts say a recent NLRB ruling gives employers with "no-recordings" policies another reason to reconsider their handbook language in an era of aggressive enforcement and employee protection.
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SOTU Speech Signals More Workplace Changes
In Tuesday's State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about revamping workplace regulations and giving employees more of a voice in how they work. While that sounds promising, experts predict it may simply mean more upcoming regulations for employers.
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A Look Ahead
Experts say upcoming decisions from the Supreme Court and the National Labor Relations Board are just a few of the issues HR leaders need to be focused on in the coming 12 months.
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Avoiding Holiday Party Liability and Danger
Despite the best of intentions, the unfortunate reality is that holiday parties create an increased risk of liability and danger for both employers and employees. Here are some ways to avoid the pitfalls along the holiday-party road.
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Decoding Disability Discrimination
New research uncovers biases against disabled applicants in the hiring process, while experts say HR needs to play a frontline role in helping recruiters and managers overcome any stigma associated with disabilities.
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Seeking Clarity on Privacy
A new proposed rule by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attempts to provide a clearer framework for employers to follow when collecting information on employees' spouses.
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More Clarity or More Confusion?
An ongoing investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that seeks the release of "pedigree information" from the company it's investigating is raising questions of employee privacy and undue burdens in both HR and legal circles.
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The Risky Business of Background Screening
BMW will pay $1.6 million to settle a race discrimination suit after subjecting incumbent employees to criminal background screening. While such checks are uncommon, experts say the settlement highlights the risk of initiating general, blanket background-check policies.
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Dealing with Anxiety and the ADA
Mental health-related issues present unique compliance challenges to employers, and experts say a recent ruling illustrates how easily an organization can run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act -- and what can be done to avoid doing so.
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Supreme Cases to Watch
From union dues to the scope of class-action lawsuits, the Supreme Court is set to take on several cases with potentially broad-reaching HR implications in its upcoming term.
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Dealing with a Shutdown
Managers of federal employees may already be familiar with dealing with workers before and after a government shutdown, but there are some important things to keep in mind as a budget deal either gets brokered or broken in the coming weeks.
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Confronting Off-site Harassment
Sexual harassment may occur more often in blue-collar environments and in off-site locations where HR enforcement may not be visible, but experts say the more proactive HR is in enforcing sexual-harassment policies and quickly following through on complaints, the better.
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Question: Our business leaders want to require all new employees who begin working with us to sign a noncompete agreement stating that they will not work with the competition for one year after leaving the job. They want to do this because we have been losing a lot of good workers to our competition recently. Is this something that is legally feasible?
How Much to Disclose? May 13, 2016
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