Tis the Season for Employment Law Compliance

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With all of the upcoming holidays, employers may be wondering if they are legally obligated to offer employees paid time off for any of them. Is there an employment law compliance or any obligations regarding cultural holidays and religious beliefs?

Can Employees Refuse a Pay Increase – Ask #HR Bartender

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I’ve always (jokingly) said that the one thing I can count on is an employee not refusing a pay increase. He said that I need to speak with HR, who said they can’t take the pay increase back because it’s a law in Massachusetts and would look like the company is discriminating against me.

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Is this the worst employment law decision of 2017?

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Raimondo —holding an employer’s attorney for liable for FLSA retaliation against his client’s employee because the employee sued his client for unpaid overtime—I’m thinking of adding the 9th Circuit to my list of tourist stops in San Francisco to see if courthouse resembles a Salvador Dali painting. Raimondo did not deny his role in setting up the sting, and claimed instead that he could not be liable under the FLSA for retaliating against someone who was never his employee.

Fine, Be a Bigot


Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and numerous other anti-discrimination and harassment laws have, as their main purpose, the intent of prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment.

Latest NLRB ‘Microunits’ Reversal is ‘Big Win for Employers’

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The latest National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision reversing actions by the Obama-era Board hands employers a win against an organizing tactic that gave unions the upper hand in determining what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit.

Alleged Pay Discrimination at Google Makes Marc Benioff and Salesforce Look Amazing.

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Here's a rundown from the post : "In a panel at a conference organized by Fortune last week, Marc Benioff, the CEO of the cloud-based software company Salesforce, said that he recently ordered a review of all 17,000employees’ salaries to see if female employees’ pay was in line with those of male employees doing similar jobs. Not only did they change the narrative related to diversity (important, but so it equality, people!), Compensation Employee Relations Litigation

When should HR call its lawyer?

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Yesterday, I read When is an Employee Issue a Legal Issue (and When Is it HR)? written by Dan Schwartz on his always excellent Connecticut Employment Law Blog. They are experts in their businesses, not the laws that govern them. employee relations

Bring me the head of employment at will

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At his always excellent Connecticut Employment Law Blog , Dan Schwartz recently asked the following question: “What Does ‘At Will’ Employment Really Mean?”. As I wrote a year ago: Employment at will is dead. Do you have the right to fire an employee for no reason?

The Role of the HR Business Partner


The Human Resources (HR) as a domain is unfortunately still not very clear even to CEOs, employees, and hiring managers from a perspective in terms of its role in the overall business, compliance, and from an employee perspective. What is a HR Business Partner HR Business Partner – This role is an exempt level position which is relatively less of a manager and more of a consultant. They are relatively much less focussed on administration and compliance.

Marijuana, Opioids and Disability Discrimination: What Employers Should Know


In an era where employers are having to plan for changes in workplace drug testing compliance, primarily due to evolving marijuana laws and our nations opioid crisis, another compliance beast continues to rear confuse employers: Disability Discrimination. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees with disabilities. Both federal and state laws provide this protection. Equal Employment Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities.

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1

HR Daily Advisor

Massachusetts employers will face new obligations regarding pregnant women and new mothers when the state’s new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect on April 1. 151B, which applies to employers with six or more employees. Accommodations Under the Law.

Things Employers Should Know About Emergencies and the Workplace


Here are a few things you should know about paying employees, leaves of absences and planning ahead in emergencies. Paying Employees. Employers must pay exempt employees a full weekly salary for any week in which any work is performed. Plan ahead for emergencies!

Court Provides New Guidance on What to Expect When You’re Expecting (or Breastfeeding)

HR Daily Advisor

Just as parenting guidance continues to evolve, so too does guidance from the court on issues relating to pregnancy and breastfeeding in the workplace. This law requires you to make reasonable efforts to accommodate an employee who needs to express breast milk for her baby.

Fires in California: Reminders About Emergencies and the Workplace


As an employer, you have an obligation to create and maintain a safe workplace for your employees. At this trying time, employers should remember some key obligations. Paying Employees. In emergencies, special pay rules apply for nonexempt employees.

3 Steps to Protect Information While Leveraging Social Media

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partner with the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP., and editor of Indiana Employment Law Letter —the rise of social media comes with both pros and cons for employers. Garrison advises that the guidelines or policies should not just be stuck in the employee handbook.

Why Chicago Insurance Brokers Love Partnering with Tandem HR

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As they grow, they will need more and more support in the areas of payroll, employee relations, compliance, onboarding and termination processes, retirement and much more. What is different in 2017? Get ready, Chicago insurance brokers!

Human Resources LinkedIn Groups


Updated: December, 2017. Topics include: talent acquisition, human resources management, employee development, compensation & benefits, and much more. We are often asked for a listing of the best human resources LinkedIn Groups.

6 dos and don’ts of responding to negative employee reviews


The careful thought implied in this good advice also applies to how and when a company should respond to negative online reviews from employees. For instance, the EEOC recently sued a company for the way it responded to an employee’s negative review on Glassdoor.com. Glassdoor, is one of the best known sites where employees and interviewees report everything from interview experiences to salary ranges and rate management for honesty and leadership ability.

3 proven ways PEOs keep your business momentum going strong


With a professional employer organization (PEO), also known as HR outsourcing, you can turn over many of your business’s time-consuming HR tasks to a dedicated team of HR specialists, so that you can concentrate on your more profitable responsibilities. With the ever-changing landscape of government regulations and employment law only getting more complicated, it’s important to understand how they impact your business. Are your employee records in good shape and audit-ready?

Taking holiday helps workers recharge – but effects disappear in just a few days, study finds


A quarter of employees say the positive benefits of taking a vacation disappear ‘immediately’ on returning to work. Commenting on the research, David W Ballard, PsyD, MBA, assistant executive director for organisational excellence at the APA, said: “People need time off from work to recover from stress and prevent burnout – but employers shouldn’t rely on the occasional vacation to offset a stressful work environment. Employers can do better.”

WIRTW #474 (the “I’m from” edition)

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via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. KKK Hoods: Fashionable In The Workplace And (Again) In The Streets — via Above the Law. Employee Who Got the Boot For Being Too Cute Can Pursue Her Suit — via Minnesota Employment Law Report.

WIRTW #484 (the “happy place” edition)

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Where do you take your mind when you’re just having a bad day, when you have to deal with that employee, when a client chews you out (I know, that never happens), or when you otherwise need a mental breather from the world and all of its evil and other craziness? HR & Employee Relations.

WIRTW #482 (the “a bet is a bet” edition)

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Courts Split On LGBTQ Questions, Leaving In-House Counsel Flummoxed — via Above the Law. If necessary, the ADA allows a company to make an employee see a doctor before returning to work. — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. HR & Employee Relations.

WIRTW #478 (the “Fake ID” edition)

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Does the ADA require you to favor minimally-qualified disabled employees over rock-star job applicants? — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. via Employment Matters Blog. Pro Wrestling Photo Not Enough to Pin Employer — via Suits by Suits.

WIRTW #480 (the “another Fake ID” edition)

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Indulge me, as this morning I once again take off my employment-law blogger hat, and replace it with my proud dad / music blogger hat. The ADA: Four issues to watch in 2018 — via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. HR & Employee Relations.

WIRTW #469 (the “rock the lot” edition)

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via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. As If Leave Laws Aren’t Complicated Enough – Don’t Forget That Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation — via Trade Secret / Noncompete Blog. A Wisconsin company plans to microchip its employees. HR & Employee Relations.

WIRTW #476 (the “… punk rocker” edition)

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Not Giving Employees Something (Namely a Discrimination Complaint) To Talk About — via Dan Schwartz’s Connecticut Employment Law Blog. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. Unbelievable – Health Care Providers Sued For Disability Discrimination — via Above the Law.

WIRTW #454 (the “Oxford comma, the results” edition)

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via Above the Law. When Joking with Your Employees Leads to Bad Behavior — via Harvard Business Review. When an Employee is Allergic to a Coworker’s Service Animal Next Blog. Where Are Your Employees? via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider.

WIRTW #473 (the “sweet children” edition)

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A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Aug 21, 2017 at 8:55pm PDT. Management Alert – The Current Federal Retrenchment on LGBT Rights — via Employment Law Lookout. Employers claim to be “aging-friendly,” but in practice, many are not — via HR Dive. Court invalidates EEOC wellness rules — via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. Employee free speech on social media? says federal appellate court — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog.

WIRTW #472 (the “back to school” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Aug 16, 2017 at 8:26am PDT. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. EEOC: “gentleman’s club” broke law by refusing to hire male barkeep — via Walter Olson’s Overlawyered. Employers: Think Losing or Destroying Records Isn’t a Big Deal? Preventing Data Loss When Employees Leave — via Ride The Lightning. HR & Employee Relations. Whatever Your Employer Allows You to Say — via Employment Matters Blog.

WIRTW #457 (the “sad clown” edition)

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Employer Liability for Data Breaches: Where Are We Now? — via Employment Law Navigator. HR & Employee Relations. Employees: When Should You Lawyer Up — via hr bartender. Marijuana at Work: Testing of (and for) Mary Jane — via Employment Law Lookout.

WIRTW #479 (the “pod” edition)

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via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. Transgender Employees Continue to be at the Center of Debate — via Oklahoma Employer’s Law Blog. Ohio “Reverse” Racial Discrimination Ruling Reinforces Employers’ Advantage in Constructive Discharge Cases — via Currents. When Technology Becomes Weaponized and the Target is You — via Dan Schwartz’s Connecticut Employment Law Blog.

WIRTW #488 (the “all harassment, all the time” edition)

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For now, sexual harassment continues to dominate the headlines, both general and employment law. MeToo And What To Do With Old Claims — via Above the Law. How Did a White Supremacist Get a Job as an Equal Employment Officer? — The Supreme Court passes on ruling on LGBT workplace rights … for now — via Eric Meyer’s Employer Handbook Blog. via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. HR & Employee Relations. via Employment Essentials.

WIRTW #443 (the “gigs” edition)

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via The Employment Brief. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. via Iowa Employment Law Blog. DOL Punts on Portable Device Regulations, For Now — via Social Media Employment Law Blog. Employee Relations & HR.

WIRTW #460 (the “my favorite week of the year” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Much of the press surrounding this bill frames it as a law that will take away overtime pay from employees. Fear of the Ebola Monster, and acting on other stereotypes, can create scary ADA lawsuits — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. HR & Employee Relations.