Keeping Up with Laws and Regulations Is Crucial

HR professionals must continuously educate themselves on changing legislation By Matthew W. Burr, SHRM-SCP October 10, 2019 HR professionals know how daunting it can be to navigate the dynamics of federal, state and local laws and regulations. What’s the best way to understand so many significant changes at all levels of government? How will these changes …read more

Viewpoint: The Legal Risks of Digital Workplace Apps

By Evan R. Moses © Ogletree Deakins October 11, 2019 Over the past year, the popularity of digital workplace apps (that is, mobile applications used by companies to facilitate interactions with, and between, employees) has grown exponentially. These apps promise to streamline the entire world of employee relations into a single portal that’s easily accessible, paper-free …read more

DOL Proposes Changes for Calculating Overtime

By Allen Smith, J.D. March 28, 2019 On March 28, for the first time in 50 years, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changing the definition of the “regular rate” of pay—the building block for calculating overtime. If the planned exclusions from the regular rate are adopted, employers may pay less in overtime than plaintiffs’ attorneys …read more

Be Precise About Essential Job Functions

Accurate job descriptions can carry the day for employers in court By Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella March 28, 2019 According to Pharmajet Blog, a surprising number of pharmacists suffer from trypanophobia—the fear of giving injections, which most in their profession have to do these days during flu season. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally does not …read more

EEOC: Retaliation Makes Up Almost Half of Discrimination Charges

Retaliation, race and disability were the most common workplace discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Retaliation, which topped the list, occurs when employers treat some people less favorably than others. That includes job applicants, employees, former employees or those closely associated with those people for: Reporting …read more

Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive

6.19.17 It’s a news headline we’ve see too often, including several times in recent weeks: another disgruntled employee or former employee has entered the workplace and killed or injured coworkers. What can you do to minimize the chances that your workplace will suffer such a tragedy? Employers Should Avoid “Wait-And-See” Approach Often the employee assailant …read more