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'Sham' Unions, Real Lawsuits
A nearly forgotten provision of federal labor law has come back to haunt wireless carrier T-Mobile. Experts say the case highlights a common practice -- collecting employee feedback -- that could be risky for other companies as well.
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EEOC Rule Clarifies Wellness Programs
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new rule on wellness programs imposes limitations on the type of information employers can collect from workers. Some critics, however, object to the many layers of federal regulations covering these programs.
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Caution Around Concerted Activities
An appeals court recently upheld the NLRB's decision that a Jimmy John's franchisee violated the NLRA in terminating and disciplining employees who posted fliers implying customers might get sick after eating sandwiches there. Experts say the ruling is no surprise, but it does underscore the need for employers to tread carefully in such situations.
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EEOC Addresses Leave Issues
Experts say HR leaders should recognize that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's focus extends beyond individual violations to ensuring that a company's entire employee leave process is ADA-compliant.
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New OT Rule Poses Challenges
The new rule will boost the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay. But experts say its effects on employers remain uncertain.
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The Battle over Bathroom Rights
Balancing the religious freedoms of employees with gender expressions in the workplace may be an impossible task for HR professionals, experts say.
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Beware the 'Persuader' Rule
A new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor requires employers to disclose any paid information from lawyers and other consultants who advise them on union organizing. Experts explore how it's going to impact employers.
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Debating Non-Competes
A new Treasury Department report examines non-compete agreements and lays out several recommendations. Is it fair to employers or is there a hidden agenda?
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The Future of Paid Sick Leave
Legal experts say an executive order mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors could be a sign of things to come for all U.S. employers. Here's what employers need to know.
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Decoding DOL's Final Fiduciary Rule
Now that the Department of Labor has unveiled its long-awaited fiduciary rule, experts discuss the impact it will have on HR organizations going forward.
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Pay Equity: New Pressures, New Strategies
More aggressive regulation for pay equity represents a stern call to action for employers to review their job and pay structures, as well as analyze pay differentials to ensure that they understand their data, with a focus on pay gaps and business-related factors that may or may not explain them.
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More OSHA Changes Ahead
With the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rolling out a number of changes in the coming months, experts weigh in on the likely impact they will have on employers.
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Getting Tough on Gender Bias
After the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a pair of lawsuits aimed at private employers over claims of sexual discrimination, experts say organizations need to be more aware of what's going on in their own workplaces.
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Obama's HR Legacy
Regardless of how history will ultimately view President Obama's legacy, experts agree that his enormous impact on healthcare and the workplace won't be forgotten anytime soon.
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Fighting the Backlash
As Anti-Muslim sentiment rises in the United States -- fueled both by recent criminal incidents and the current political climate -- the EEOC has a message for employers: We're watching.
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Revisiting Workplace Retaliation
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is reviewing its guidance on workplace retaliation. Some experts say the guidelines simply reflect a codification of prior court decisions while others believe the EEOC is over-stretching its authority.
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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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Question: There has been a lot of activity recently in the realm of pay-equity legislation. Can you please provide a recap of the current state of pay-equity legislation in California and New York, specifically? Can you also give some practical strategies/guidance for keeping companies in compliance?
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