Company’s on the hook for $4.7 million in bullying case

Does your company management think bullying’s just an HR concern? Show them this case.   A Brooklyn employer was recently ordered to pay $4.7 million to an employee who was ultimately assaulted...
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Does the NLRB think it’s OK for you to grab your crotch in front of co-workers?

Here’s a case that shows how potentially dangerous the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) agenda really is. Besides making it easier for unions to organize, it’s issuing rulings...
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A cheat sheet on EEOC’s extensive pregnancy guidance

For the first time since 1983, the feds have issued comprehensive guidance on how employers are required to treat pregnant employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) did this by issuing...
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Retailer learns the hard way: State law can be more stringent than FLSA

With all the attention paid to complying with federal wage-and-hour laws, it’s easy for state pay laws to get overlooked. That becomes a major issue when those state laws are more stringent than the...
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Ruling: What’s not allowed when accessing employees’ social media sites

There are a lot of laws HR pros pay close attention to (FMLA, ADA, FLSA, etc.), but the Stored Communications Act typically isn’t one of them. That should change.  The act prohibits the unauthorized...
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New FMLA ruling reveals 2 things employers need to know

A former employee’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) lawsuit against a residential nursing care facility provides a couple of important lessons for all employers. They are: Failing to provide a...
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What NOT to do when employees run to EEOC

When you suspect employees may run to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you don’t want to take a page out of this company’s playbook.  When three former employees of Corinthian...
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Woman sues company because it won’t let her come in late and leave early

Sign of the times: A New Jersey woman has sued her employer because it wouldn’t accommodate her disability by changing her schedule so she wouldn’t have to deal with rush hour traffic.   Here’s...
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NLRB: Employees can have their protest – and free BBQ, too

It appears the minimum wage fight has hit the BBQ belt – and one Kansas City employer just got sauced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Meet Gates & Sons Barbeque of Missouri, a chain...
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Supreme Court hammers Obama’s NLRB recess appointments

The Supreme Court has ruled that President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were illegal.  The decision was unanimous, although there was a split between the...
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