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A Risky Reduction in Force
A manufacturing company is headed to a jury trial after including race as a factor on a workforce-review spreadsheet; a document that experts say left the organization vulnerable to claims of racial bias.
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Same-Sex Harassment Not Always about Sex
A federal appeals court recently reinstated a same-sex- harassment verdict in a case involving gender stereotypes, not sexual advances. Such cases serve as a reminder to HR leaders to review the wording of their sexual-harassment policies.
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Exploring the Fine Print
From new visa categories to more benefits to work visa holders, a closer look at the lesser-known provisions of the Senate's immigration bill reveals some interesting findings.
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Navigating the Perils of Re-boarding
They were terminated, they were gone, but now they're back. When employees are reinstated after filing a wrongful-termination claim, HR professionals are faced with some challenges that require careful navigation.
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Digital Dilemmas
A court's recent ruling illustrates just how tricky the Stored Communications Act can be. The ruling highlights the uncertainty that companies face in cases involving electronic communications, but experts say the decision should also be instructive for employers.
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A Matter of Time
(and Accuracy)
Legal experts say every state in the union will soon be enacting new legislation that will penalize employers for not answering unemployment claims from former workers in a timely manner.
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Aggressive Move on Privacy
Today marks the day for organizations to comply with expanded federal guidelines for protecting private health information, and it's not just organizations in healthcare-related fields that need to pay attention to the new rules, experts say
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Rise of the 'Microunits'
A recent court decision now makes it easier for unions to establish "micro-bargaining units," which legal experts say may give employers a more difficult fight when challenging them.
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A Different Kind of Discrimination
An IT worker says that India-based Infosys discriminated against her and other U.S. job applicants by misusing guest worker visas to hire workers from South Asia.
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Mixed Prospects for POWADA
AARP recently announced its strong support for the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. While experts say its passage is unlikely in the near future, discussion around the bill should remind employers to make performance -- not age -- the motivating factor in employment decisions.
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DOMA Decision Could Impact FMLA
Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to send the power to define marriage back to the states, employers and their HR leaders could soon have their hands full either trying to equalize FMLA benefits, or else preparing to face the consequences of not doing so.
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Safety First?
Competing worker safety programs in the United States and Europe show employers are finally getting serious about changing unsafe workplaces.
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Pushing Back Against Unemployment Discrimination
An amendment to a human-rights law in New York City banning employers from considering unemployment as a hiring factor is just the latest step in a nationwide progression toward eradicating such discrimination.
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Weighing the Supreme Court's Decisions
From DOMA to Nassar to Vance, the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided a trio of cases that have an HR impact.
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Moms Fight Back
Discrimination claims by pregnant employees and new mothers are on the rise. But recent court rulings and new rules provide them with added protections -- and may lead to costly judgments against employers.
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Drawing Digital Boundaries
Legislators on both the state and federal level are sending a message to employers that employees' social-media log-in information is off-limits, with Washington joining a growing number of states passing legislation to prohibit employers from asking workers and job candidates for their social-media passwords and user names.
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ACA Wellness Rules Finalized
While the new Affordable Care Act's wellness rules clarify much, employers still need an EEOC opinion to take full advantage of outcomes-based wellness programs.
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Striking a Blow for Work/Life Balance?
The House's recent vote to pass the Working Families Flexibility Act has rekindled the political debate around comp time versus overtime for private-sector employees. Experts say the bill's progress will likely stall for now, but advise HR leaders to brush up on how the bill could amend the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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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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