What will the workplace be like in 2022? Report paints intriguing picture

Hey, nobody can really tell what the future holds. But if it’s anything like what HR pros predicted in a recent report, both employers and employees will have lots of adjustments to make.   The consulting...
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Court slaps employer with $83K fine for ‘intentional’ COBRA violation

When it comes to complying with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act — or COBRA — mistakes will happen, and courts understand that. But it’s egregious errors like this they...
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NLRB thwarts another common employer practice

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken a hacksaw to yet common employer rule – even when it’s unwritten.  As you may have noticed, the NLRB has been on the warpath to eliminate...
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Suspect an employee’s abusing FMLA? Here’s an example of how to handle it

How far can an employer really go when all it has is an “honest suspicion” of FMLA abuse? A recent court case describes one organization’s successful handling of just such a situation.   Dalpiaz...
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3 red flags in EEOC’s first ADA lawsuit against wellness plan

In a groundbreaking move, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing an employer, alleging its wellness plan violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It’s lawsuit well...
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Feds issue new guidance on ICs: Don’t fall into these two traps

Using independent contractors (ICs) continues to be a popular tactic for employers that want to avoid the hassle of withholding taxes and offering benefits. But be careful …    Too many firms fall...
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Say what? Court says written COBRA notice not required

All along, employers have come to believe that they must issue a written Election Notice to COBRA-eligible employees to let them know their rights under the law. But apparently, that’s not the...
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No, acting like a jerk isn’t protected under the ADA

A federal appeals court has decided the question: The Americans with Disabilities Act does not afford protection to employees who simply act like jerks.   The case involves one Matthew Weaving, who had...
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Now we know what’ll happen to all those invalidated NLRB rulings

Well that didn’t take long. About a month after the Supreme Court invalidated the 2012 recess appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), we have answers as to...
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LinkedIn to shell out nearly $6M for wage and hour violations

As an HR pro, you’ve probably spent an obscene about of time on LinkedIn. Well, the networking site for business professionals is in damage control after the feds discovered it violated wage and...
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