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FMLA Redefines the Family Relationship
A recent update to the FMLA extends family and medical-leave rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages. So, what does this new definition of spouse mean for HR?
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Is Your Applicant-Screening Process Legal?
As the competition for top talent continues, many HR professionals understand the need to streamline their candidate-selection process to find and retain the best possible workers. However, many applicant-tracking systems and screening practices may not even be legal.
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Fair Play ... Or Not?
Employers debate the merits and challenges of changing domestic-benefits policy for employees living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
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Class Action 2.0
A recent Seyfarth Shaw report finds Rule 23 -- the federal law governing employee class-action lawsuits -- undergoing a "major transformation." What can HR do to help the organization defend costly class-action litigation?
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Wrestling with the ACA's Reporting Requirements
A new survey finds many organizations are struggling with the reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Experts discuss ways HR leaders can get their organizations ahead of the compliance curve.
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NLRB Makes Union Organizing Easier
The National Labor Relations Board recently caused some big headaches for employers when it ruled that employers generally have to give non-management employees access to the employer's own email system to communicate with each other at work regarding working conditions and possible union organizing.
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Obama's SOTU Targets Worker Needs
In his sixth State of the Union address, the president covered a wide range of employment and labor issues, though experts don't expect many to ever see the light of day.
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A GOP Effect on the NLRB?
For employers looking to blunt union-organizing efforts this year, the road to success just got even rockier, thanks to three recent National Labor Relations Board decisions. But will a Republican-controlled Congress provide any relief for employers?
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The ACA and International Assignees
Large employers need to bear in mind the implications of international assignees and take steps to address compliance for their globally mobile employee base.
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Security Screenings Settled?
The Supreme Court recently ruled in Amazon's favor on the long-debated issue of whether to pay employees during security screenings. But some legal experts believe the case also highlights an employee-morale issue, and predict that organizations need to address the issue through their overall compensation plans or else risk future lawsuits.
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Job-Misclassification Woes
A class-action misclassification suit against Google is further evidence employers need to ensure their own employee-classification processes are current and compliant, legal experts say.
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Biometrics in the Workplace
While the use of biometrics continues to emerge in the workplace, at least one group is pushing back against its use: employees.
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The GOP Effect on the EEOC
Legal experts debate whether a Republican-controlled Congress will have any effect on the direction of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's agenda in 2015.
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Time to Stand Up to Workplace Bullies
Legal experts say California's new anti-bullying legislation may set a new national standard for employment-law compliance.
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CVS Arbitration Policy Raises Concerns
Former supervising pharmacist speaks out about a new opt-out option within a CVS training module he says could rob workers of their rights.
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Addressing 'Egregious' Online Behavior
While examples have been plentiful of National Labor Relations Board decisions erring on the side of free-speech protections in social-media posts, a new board ruling shows some worker discussions on online platforms may be explicit enough to justify action on an employer's part.
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EEOC Throws a Wellness Curve
With its third lawsuit in 2014, the EEOC has given employers pause when it comes to wellness initiatives and conflicting laws.
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Reform, GOP-Style
After the recent midterm elections, experts say the GOP's control of Senate will make piecemeal civil-service reform more likely.
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Question: We are in the process of reviewing our company's handbook to make sure it contains the necessary policies required by law -- or at least the policies that are best practice to have. Can you let us know (1) what policies are required by law to have in a handbook and (2) what policies are just best practices for an employer to include in a handbook?
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