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Wait, I Can’t Do That? Top 5 Obscure Legal Protections for Employers

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Many states, like Massachusetts, are “at-will” states, which means employers are free to terminate employees for any reason or no reason, with or without cause or advance notice. But there’s a critical exception to the employment-at-will rule: an employee may not be terminated for any reason that’s forbidden by law. Source:...

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Q&A: Why Should HR Consider Outsourcing HR Benefits Administration?

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Deciding when it’s time to abandon in-house processes in favor of outsourced assistance can be very challenging, especially when it comes to HR benefits administration. Source: selinofoto / shutterstock Today, we are joined by Jon Shanahan, CEO of Businessolver, to discuss the situation. HR Daily Advisor: Can you explain to our audience what...

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Comment Period Begins for Proposed Rule Changing OT Pay Threshold

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:25

Employers have until May 21 to make known their concerns about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that is expected to make more than a million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The DOL’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the March 22 Federal Register. That publication opened a 60-day comment period that will...

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Deadline Looms for New York City Sexual Harassment Training

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 11:10

Employers in New York City are under pressure to have employees trained under the city’s new sexual harassment prevention law. The “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 9, 2018, requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide training annually on the employer’s sexual harassment policy. Starting...

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Maryland Takes Step Toward $15 Minimum Wage

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:37

In a widely expected move, the Maryland General Assembly has approved a significant increase in the state’s minimum wage by voting for legislation aimed at increasing the current rate of $10.10 per hour to $15 by 2025. If the legislation is enacted, the rate will go to $11 per hour on January 20, 2020, and will be followed by a series of...

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Create Winning Teams with Game Theory

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00

There are plenty of rivalries between companies, but a company that fights tooth and nail for the upper hand isn’t always the winner. It’s the same in the workplace: A dog-eat-dog culture within your workforce isn’t very productive. If you want to inspire teams to work together and spark peak performance, you need an approach that provides...

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Equal Pay: 4 Steps to Define Comparable Work in Your Company

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00

If Massachusetts’ new Equal Pay Act legislation is any indication, sweeping changes are coming, and the crux of forthcoming reforms will be determining comparable work and fair compensation. Companies can get a jump on this by defining and examining comparable work within their own organization to mitigate pay gaps and establish a fair work...

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Latest EEO-1 Advice: Be Prepared, But Wait for More Info Due by April 3

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) portal for accepting EEO-1 reports is open, but confusion still surrounds when and how employers are to include the newly required pay and hours-worked data. Source: BPTU / shutterstock Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 19 ordered the EEOC to...

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Improving Nutrition at Work? Only the Carbohydrates Should Be Complex

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:00

Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep our bodies fueled for the challenges of day-to-day life, but too often, our diets let us down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76% of Americans don’t eat enough fruit, and 87% don’t eat enough vegetables. We get too little dairy and too much salt, saturated fat,...

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Mobile for Employee Communications

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

Today, we expect instant access to information, and mobile technology has set the precedent for how we consume and share information—whether it’s through an Internet search, push notifications, or a refresh on social media feeds. It’s surprising, then, that many companies have yet to use mobile as a tool for employee communications, knowing...

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Understanding the Importance of Introverts Inside the Workplace

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

In the wake of Susan Cain’s influential TED Talk, many companies are starting to see the influence and power of introverts in the workplace, despite a “world that can’t stop talking.” Source: nadia_bormotova / iStock / Getty Images Typically, extroverted personalities are praised and regarded as critical to the current workplace culture,...

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BYOD Pros and Cons

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

Are you familiar with the idea of BYOD? If you’re not, it stands for bring your own device—a policy in which employees of an organization utilize their own existing personal devices, like smart phones, for business use. Many organizations today are already utilizing such a policy for their employees. As you can imagine, there are a lot of pros...

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Firing Drummer Was a Protected Act of Free Expression

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

We are often asked whether being an “at-will” employer means a company can terminate somebody for a discriminatory reason—for example, because she is a woman or a person of color. The answer is no. The at-will-employment doctrine does not protect employers from the consequences of discriminatory job actions. But the 2nd District Court...

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Corporate Leaders Fear Talent Shortage

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

In an increasingly service- and skill-driven economy, talent acquisition, development, and retention are immensely important for companies that want to stay competitive in the long run. Source: Hanna Kuprevich / Shutterstock And whether the risk of talent shortage or just the awareness of that risk has grown, a recent Gartner survey shows that the...

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What Is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a condition in which an individual becomes sensitized to one or more chemical agents in their surrounding environment. This sensitization can cause dramatic and frustrating (and sometimes even life-threatening) symptoms and allergic reactions, such as breathing problems (including asthma), headaches, nausea,...

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Proceeds with Equal Pay Fight

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

On March 8, 2019, all 28 players on the women’s national team initiated a proposed class and collective action in federal court against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Their action alleged discrimination based on sex in violation of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (Title VII). Notably, the players...

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What Are Wage Attachments?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

A wage attachment, also known by the term wage garnishment, happens when there is a court order requiring an employer to use (attach) some portion of an employee’s wages to some other purpose, such as repaying a debt or paying child support. When an employer receives an order for wage attachment/garnishment, the employer must comply with it and...

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Living in an HR Nightmare? Dream Blissfully with These 5 Strategies

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

When you’re in the business of serving people, you’ll inevitably experience some stressful challenges. But when they start following you home from the office, it’s time to make a change. Use these strategies to improve your stress levels in five key areas of Human Resources (HR). Source: REDPIXEL.PL / shutterstock Choosing a career in HR...

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Michigan Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect March 29

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

The Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act, which will require most employers with at least 50 employees to provide paid sick leave, is set to go into effect March 29. Under the new law, employees of covered employers are eligible for paid sick leave with the following exceptions: Employees exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime...

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Finding Hidden Gems and Assessing Their Fit

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

In part 1 of this article, we looked at the concept of passive candidates, as well as some broad approaches to finding great talent. Today we’ll look at how to find quality candidates and see if they will complement your organization. Source: fizkes / iStock / Getty Brilliant people aren’t hard to find. You can search a database and find...

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