Topic: Employment

5 Hiring Best Practices

The good news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees. The bad news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees… These five best practices may help. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: 1. Don’t make promises you can’t keep: “Do not use terms such as ‘guaranteed’ or… Read more »

5 Tips for Managing Workplace Romance Risks

[Video: Do ‘Love Contracts’ Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?] We’re very happy for both of you. Now if you’ll please sign this “love contract,” you can get back to work… Valentine’s Day may be upon us, but office romance poses significant challenges to employers all year long. What to do? Suggestions, from employment lawyers… Read more »

New FMLA Rules Expand Leave Eligibility for Military Family Members

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor issued its final rule implementing changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act as mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 (NDAA). The most significant revisions to the law: expansion of the conditions under which military families can take qualified FMLA leave. For your reference, here’s… Read more »

Healthcare Reform: New Rules for Birth Control Coverage

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… Since its introduction in August 2011, the contraceptive coverage mandate – which requires employer-sponsored health plans to include coverage for birth control medications and devices – has been one of the more controversial provisions of the Obama Administration’s healthcare reform measures. Jean Hemphill of law firm… Read more »

Court Rules Against Obama: Is Your Company’s Social Media Policy Now Totally Invalid?

In late January, a DC circuit court ruled that President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board didn’t actually happen during a recess, and were therefore invalid. The ruling has huge implications for many workplace issues. In early analysis, attorney Peter Felsenfeld of law firm Barger & Wolen reminds us that it will… Read more »

Workplace Need to Know: Latest On Wage and Hour Law

“Under Title VII, the top six most frequently challenged [employment] practices [in 2012] were discharge/constructive discharge, harassment/intimidation, terms and condition of employment, discipline, promotion, and wages. Even though the number of charges dipped, the EEOC obtained a historic amount of money from private employers through its administrative process – $365.4 million.” (Littler) According to statistics… Read more »

5 Tips for Running an Effective Workplace Investigation

“Workplace investigations have become more important for reasons of productivity, personnel management, and litigation avoidance. Moreover, the range of matters that are the subject of investigations has become broader, and there is greater potential liability for mistakes during investigations.” (Ogletree Deakins) Internal investigations are an important HR tool for sorting out workplace disputes, allegations of… Read more »

Workplace Issues: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Employee social media use, overtime laws, worker classification rules, workplace discrimination, union bargaining, confidentiality, H1-B visas, noncompetes, and employee handbooks … but a few of the issues in this latest roundup of commentary and analysis from labor and employment attorneys on JD Supra. For your reference: The NLRB’s Year In Numbers: FY 2012 (Franczek Radelet… Read more »

OSHA Regulatory Agenda Targets Recordkeeping Requirements, Injury Prevention, and Whistleblower Protection

In late December 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (along with other federal agencies) published its semi-annual agenda detailing the current and planned regulatory focus of the agency. For your reference, here’s a look at three key items: 1. Reporting and recordkeeping requirements: The agency is “revising list of industries that are partially exempt… Read more »

Are Vegans Protected in the Workplace?

Here’s something to chew on: are vegans protected for their beliefs in the workplace? Thanks to a recent federal court ruling, we should be able to find out. The background, from labor attorney Maria Greco Danaher of law firm Ogletree Deakins: “Sakile Chenzira, a confirmed vegan, was … was allowed to forego [for more than… Read more »

Next Steps? What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform [Video]

From law firm Warner Norcross & Judd, a look at what are currently the most pressing Healthcare Reform issues for employers and HR managers: Women’s preventive health care Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Reporting insurance coverage costs on W-2s Limits on Flexible Spending Account contributions Retiree prescription drug plans Medical loss ratio rebates Medicare… Read more »

Fired for Being Too Attractive? Iowa Supreme Court Says It’s Legal

“Christmas came a few days early for Iowan employers, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a male employer acted legally when he fired a female employee because he had become irresistibly attracted to her – a situation the employer’s wife, also an employee, found objectionable.” (Mintz Levin) Melissa Nelson had been Dr. James Knight’s… Read more »

5 Small Business Resolutions For the New Year

Still drafting your new year’s resolutions? Consider the following suggestions from labor and employment lawyers on JD Supra. Think of them as five ways to keep the “happy” in “Happy New Year 2013”… 1. Clean up your workplace policies: “You have cleaned out your fridge and the cupcakes, cookies, Christmas candy and potato chips are… Read more »

Workplace Issues: Latest Need- to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new in the world of employment law? Quite a bit, actually: employee privacy, ADA and ADAAA issues, theft of trade secrets, vacation policies, ERISA-related matters, social media in the workplace, FMLA leave, right-to-work laws, NLRB and EEOC activity, E-verify laws, wage-hour issues, background check approvals, and much more. Here’s a roundup of recent labor and… Read more »

2012 In Review – The Most Popular Small Business Support Posts of the Year

As we look back at the most-read stories of the year, three issues quickly rise to the top: Technology in the workplace, especially employee use of social media (both on and off the clock), Health care reform and how to comply with the new rules, and Day-to-day employment matters, from hiring to firing and just… Read more »