Great — a new way for employees to complain about you anonymously

Think employers have problems with employees posting nasty stuff about them on Facebook? Wait ’til you hear about this.  There’s a new iPhone app available called Memo — and while it’s...
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What will FLSA’s new OT-exempt minimum salary be? Here’s a hint

By now you know there are some big changes coming to the FLSA. You’re just waiting for the details. Well, they’re starting to leak out of Washington — and they’re not as heavy-handed...
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‘There is no probationary status under the ADA’

HR pros are already well aware that when a disabled employee’s FMLA leave expires, he or she may be entitled to additional leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. But a new EEOC lawsuit shows...
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Manager’s nipple squeeze, crotch play not sexual harassment: New ruling

While the employer may have won this lawsuit, it’s a textbook example of how managers shouldn’t act and how general horseplay can come back to haunt them. Meet the appropriately named Perry...
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Co-workers booted for wife-swapping: Is that legal?

The year’s still new, but we’ve got a strong nominee for most unnecessary employee lawsuit of 2015.   Brandon Coker and Michael Golden have been close friends since their teens. They serve...
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Can you request doctors’ notes for each suspicious FMLA absence?

It’s no secret, administering intermittent FMLA leave is a pain in the butt. One company tried to make it easier on itself by adding a documentation requirement to its leave policy. The question...
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NLRB’s ‘ambush’ election rule challenged: And guess who’s suing

HR pros were understandably upset by the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) passing of its new “ambush election” rule. But they should be comforted knowing they have some major allies...
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Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ – and violates the ADA (says the EEOC)

The holiday season hasn’t been kind to Sony Corporation of America.  First, due to threats of violence at movie theaters that screen Sony’s controversial new film The Interview, Sony Pictures...
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Feds make it official: Gender identity is covered under anti-bias laws

Congress may have dragged its feet on establishing anti-discrimination rules involving gender identity issues, but the Obama administration has issued its own guidance.   Attorney General Eric Holder...
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Feds make it official: Gender identity is covered under anti-bias laws

Congress may have dragged its feet on establishing anti-discrimination rules involving gender identity issues, but the Obama administration has issued its own guidance.   Attorney General Eric Holder...
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