New employment laws to watch in 2020


Every new year brings new employment laws, and 2020 is no different. There are some big changes employers need to know about at the federal, state and local levels. Many of those new rules have 2020 deadlines that employers must comply with. Pay equity laws.

Employment laws to watch in 2019


Employment law is ever-evolving, and 2019 is shaping up to usher in its fair share of changes. Employment laws tend to come in waves, with particular themes for each era. A patchwork of state and federal laws was eventually replaced when Congress set minimum age requirements with the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. Today’s employment laws tend to be driven by perceptions of what’s fair to workers. Diversity.

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Tis the Season for Employment Law Compliance

Tandem HR

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. Workplace diversity is a hot topic. Is there an employment law compliance or any obligations regarding cultural holidays and religious beliefs?

Diversity, Inclusion and The Workplace

HR Counselor's Corner

Workplace diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences in people. Differences in education, as well as personalities, skill sets, experiences, is also included in the definition of diversity. So, what does it mean to have Diversity and Inclusion in your workplace?

Diversity in the workplace: Make sure your efforts are lawful

Business Management Daily

How to create a voluntary affirmative action policy that doesn't stray too far from certain employment laws. The post Diversity in the workplace: Make sure your efforts are lawful appeared first on Business Management Daily. Centerpiece Discrimination and Harassment Employment Law Hiring Human Resources

Recruiting Within the Boundaries of Equal Opportunity Employment Law

Hospital Recruiting

It is crucial that healthcare recruiters understand how personal bias (or the employer’s bias) can lead to some dangerous hiring techniques that could leave them not only open to litigation, but also pass over heaps of well-qualified applicants. © Minerva Studio / Fotolia.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit Can Help Close the Skills Gap

SHRM Resources

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit can help employers close the skills gap by encouraging them to hire applicants who often are overlooked, such as people with criminal histories, military veterans and the long-term unemployed.

Krawcheck Calls for Greater Diversity


The second day of SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference featured a morning talk by Sallie Krawcheck, a former high-profile Wall Street executive who’s now the chair of Ellevate , a New York-based mentoring network for women (formerly known as 85 Broads).

#HotInHR: Obsessing over Performance Data, Should Diversity Training be Optional?


In business, education, law enforcement, surgery, and more, one researcher finds that performance outcomes drop when people know how they’re being measured. DiversityInc: Starbucks’ Optional Diversity Training Empowers People like Roseanne. Clearly communicated policies and values build corporate diversity success — treating people right is not an option for a well-run company. HotInHR: Obsessing over Performance Data, Should Diversity Training be Optional?

Thoughts on Discrimination

HR Examiner

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here is the Diversity series we did this in year’s past. The key to diversity is to put down your fear and assumptions long enough to get curious. ” Diversity: Voices of Discrimination “Atticus, he was real nice.

Compliance Checklist: Federal Employment Laws You Need To Know At Every Stage Of Your Company’s Growth


Here’s a quick checklist of some major federal laws you’ll need to tackle at different employee thresholds in your growth. Employers must properly classify and pay employees a corresponding minimum wage, while following overtime and child labor standards. Employers may only hire those who can legally work in the United States and must maintain up-to-date I-9 forms for all employees. Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) , via DoL.

Disability discrimination: what does case law tell us?


Arwen Makin, senior solicitor at ESP Law, reviews case law related to ‘long term’ disabilities, the impact of disability on conduct and long-term disability benefits. Employers are, quite rightly, wary of dealing with such misconduct.

AI is not a Quick-Fix Solution for Discrimination


We’re adopting AI very fast, for all employers, and we need to be more careful and ask harder questions of our vendors,” says Bischoff, a Minneapolis-based attorney with tHRive Law and Consulting.

Workplace lactation discrimination laws are expanding: Stay compliant

HR Morning

The award highlights employers’ exposure to lawsuits stemming from ignoring the rights of nursing mothers in the workplace, as defined under Title VII of the civil Rights Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and a variety of state and municipal laws. No Employer Exemption.

Tampering with Certainty

HR Examiner

Illegal discrimination generally applies to decisions involving employment, housing, and some kinds of business relationships. Hiring for Diversity. Discrimination Diversity Editorial Advisory Board Employment Law Heather Bussing HRExaminer

Getting Social Media Recruiting on the Right Track for Diversity

HR Daily Advisor

Previously, we’ve addressed how it’s great for finding and attracting strong candidates, but it’s also possible to use social media to exclude candidates that might lead an employer to a more diverse workforce. I can turn any one of these into a diversity search,” Tortorici says.

Religion v. Law

HR Examiner

Whether law or religion wins depends on the issue, the time, and the court. But religion and law have important distinctions. It depends on who is acting and what other laws are involved. California just passed a similar law this year.).

Making Social Media Work for You—Not Against You—in Recruiting for Diversity

HR Daily Advisor

Achieving a diverse workforce and learning how to use social media to recruit talent are two common goals for employers. Gone are the days when employers would specify an age, gender, or other characteristic in a newspaper help-wanted ad.

Firing staffer for ‘gender stereotypes’ memo sets off Google’s free speech nightmare

HR Morning

When Google fired a software engineer over a memo he wrote criticizing the company’s diversity efforts, little did it know it would set off a chain of events that put it smack dab in the middle of a national media frenzy — and an HR nightmare.

How to support workers with ‘hidden’ disabilities


While many HR professionals might be confident in their knowledge of employment law related to more common, visible disabilities such as mobility problems, so-called ‘hidden’ disabilities – such as dyslexia and autism – pose a much greater challenge. In a recent CIPHR employment law seminar, Matthew Huggett, partner at Carbon Law Partners , explained how employers can best support people with these conditions. . What does the law say?

AI can deliver recruiting rewards, but at what legal risk?


And if they do, could they potentially expose HR and employers to the same types of discrimination issues that can impact hiring driven by people, not algorithms? But legal experts say employers choosing HR to make hiring decisions should tread carefully.

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Bass Pro to Pay $10.5M for Discriminatory Hiring Practices and Retaliation

HR Daily Advisor

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that alleged Bass Pro discriminated on the basis of race in its hiring and recruiting practices at its retail stores and then unlawfully retaliated against employees who opposed those practices. Employment Law diversity EEOC hiring recruiting

Improve Your Business by Building an Inclusive and Diverse Workforce


Over the last year, words like “inclusivity” and “diversity” have come up more and more in the business world, but what do those words really mean for small and medium-sized companies? There are many nuances to building an inclusive and diverse workforce, as well as a number of benefits.

Don’t Let an Offhanded Comment Bring About a Lawsuit

HR Daily Advisor

The problem with approaching the performance review process with dread is that many employers succumb to common pitfalls that render evaluations more harmful than helpful. Diversity Insight Employment Law discharge Home Depot negligent misrepresentation supervisors

Kaplan Nomination Called Way to ‘Stop the Bleeding’ at NLRB

HR Daily Advisor

McCormick , an editor of Maryland Employment Law Letter and attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. One name that has surfaced for the other vacancy is William Emanuel, a lawyer for the large management-side employment law firm Littler Mendelson.

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EEO Trumps Google Employee’s Free Expression

HR Daily Advisor

In addition to the important societal issues Google’s action implicates, it raises interesting labor and employment law questions about how far employees can go in speaking their minds to oppose workplace diversity. It ultimately chose diversity.

India: Developments Affecting Diversity in the Workplace

Global People Strategist

When it comes to inclusivity and diversity within the workplace, companies operating in India now have to face and adhere to four major recent developments in the country’s employment law. b) Working conditions requirements for employers.

Alt-Right Protests: Guidance for HR on Employees’ Off-Duty Conduct

HR Daily Advisor

The actions of employees can put their employers in a bad light, and that presents HR with a problem. If the employer chooses to fire an employee who engages in off-duty conduct that goes against the employer’s values, will there be legal trouble? State Law Concerns.

Hiring People with Criminal Backgrounds Is Easier Than You Think

SHRM Resources

A panel of experts at the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management Employment Law & Legislative Conference answered employers who are wondering: Second-chance hiring is well-intentioned, sure, but how do we actually do it? Background Investigations Diversity and Inclusion

#HotInHR: Tech Hiring Tons of Talent, Suit Aims To Keep LinkedIn Data Public, Workers Win Only 1% of Civil Rights Lawsuits


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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.

Voluntary Self-Identification: Best Practices

HR Daily Advisor

Federal law requires many employers to track applicant demographic data and report it to the federal government. Reporting may be imposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), for example.

Supreme Court Tackles Case Posing Threat to Public-Sector Unions

HR Daily Advisor

Employers—especially public-sector employers—are eagerly awaiting the outcome of a case going to the U.S. California Teachers Association, says Jeffrey Sloan , a contributor to California Employment Law Letter and attorney with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP in San Francisco.

Supreme Court cases focus on Title VII sex discrimination expansion

Business Management Daily

Currently, there’s a patchwork of state and city laws that outlaw sexual orientation and transgender discrimination in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws employment discrimination based on protected characteristics, including sex.

Training Not Enough to Overcome Implicit Bias

HR Daily Advisor

Although implicit bias training is often designed to raise participants’ awareness of their own prejudiced thought processes while teaching them to identify and challenge prejudiced thoughts, employers cannot rely solely on such training to rid employees of racism, sexism, ageism, and the like.

Brett Kavanaugh: How Will LGBTQ-Based Antidiscrimination Policies Fare?

HR Daily Advisor

I recently sat down with Mark Phillis, an attorney at Littler Mendelson, to discuss some of the fears that the LGBTQ community has about the future of workplace discrimination laws. Many organizations know the value of inclusiveness and diversity.

NLRB Looking for Clarity on Joint Employment, But Change Won’t Be Quick

HR Daily Advisor

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering entering the long and cumbersome process of rulemaking in an effort to create a clear standard for determining what puts two or more employers in a joint-employment relationship under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).