Boss’ girlfriend gets extra perks and pay: Is that legal?

Favoritism is rampant in the business world. But is it legal in your workplace? Favoritism is definitely troublesome, because it can lower morale and lead workers to sue your company if they assume...
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Company settles ADA suit with worker: Can EEOC still investigate?

The point of settling a lawsuit is to minimize the financial damage and prevent the company’s name from being dragged through the mud. In other words, to stop a problem before it becomes larger....
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NLRB just rewrote the rules on employee classification

Independent contractors (IC) can’t join unions. As a result, it’s in the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) best interest to make it harder to classify employees as ICs —...
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Being a jerk isn’t an ADA-qualifying disability, court rules

Employers can breathe a sigh of relief. Common sense just won the day in a U.S. appeals court. In overturning a jury’s verdict, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit just ruled that being...
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High Court’s decision could end up costing employers big

Should employees get paid for standing in line, waiting to be checked to make sure they haven’t stolen anything during the workday?   That’s the bottom line in a case now pending before the...
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Will employees sue over anything? Case ‘defies logic,’ court says

You can’t make this stuff up: A white man was hired by two other white men and worked predominantly with other white individuals. And after he was fired by the white men, he sued his employer for...
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New DOL guidance: When participants, beneficiaries go ‘missing’

Benefit plan sponsors need to be able to locate participants and beneficiaries for a number of things — notices, distributions, plan changes, etc. But what if you can’t find them?  The Department...
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EEOC’s latest tactic to drum up lawsuits upheld by judge

Heads up: A U.S. district judge has just given the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) the green light to use a new tactic to prod your employees in an attempt to find discrimination plaintiffs.  The...
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Oversight on FMLA form costs employer $173K

There’s one element of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that doesn’t get a lot of press. But forgetting about it could be a very costly mistake.  Here’s a question for your company:...
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DOL funds state studies on paid medical and family leave

Looks like the feds are reaching out in their efforts to expand paid medical and family leave — to the individual states.   The Department of Labor recently awarded $500,000 to assist the District...
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