New provisions of New Hampshire’s equal pay law take effect January 1

Human Resources News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:19

by Jeanine Poole Eight sections of New Hampshire’s Protective Legislation (RSA 275:37, 38, 38-a, 40, 41-a, 41-b, 41-c, and 41-d) will be modified effective January 1, 2015. RSA 275:37 will prohibit employers and persons seeking employees from discriminating between employees on the basis of sex by paying employees of one sex less than employees...

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Employee personal information – the gift you don’t want to give this Christmas

EntertainHR - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:14

You may have heard the news of the monumental data hack on Sony late last month, where several personal e-mails, rough cuts of movies, and screenplays were obtained and released without authorization by the media giant. According to several news outlets, the e-mails in particular reveal personal gripes about certain celebrities (shocker!) and have...

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My holiday wish for you

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald As 2014 winds to an end, it’s good to reflect on all you have accomplished this past year. Think back across the last 12 months and consider all you have done both personally and professionally. Consider the goals you set for yourself that you have crossed off the list. Examine the work you have done and the contributions you have...

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Proposed West Virginia regulations spell change to wage and hour landscape

Human Resources News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:03

by Rodney Bean The West Virginia Division of Labor (DOL) has proposed emergency regulations that, if enforced in their present form, could force West Virginia employers to change by December 31 a number of common wage and hour practices that comply with long-standing federal regulations. Although the state DOL’s emergency rules purport to adopt...

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New OSHA reporting requirement takes effect January 1

Human Resources News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:20

by Judith E. Kramer A new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye goes into effect on January 1 for workplaces under OSHA’s jurisdiction. The rule also updates the list...

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Letting down the Guard: NLRB rescinds computer-use rule

Technology for HR - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:23

by Elijah Yip Federal law clearly gives employees the right to communicate with each other and with unions about work-related matters for purposes of “mutual aid and protection.” But must you allow employees to use your computer equipment for those communications? Employers breathed a sigh of relief in 2007 when the National Labor...

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Guidance for HR when racial tension spreads from streets to workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:59

As protests rage around the country following recent grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of two unarmed black men, employers may find tension spilling into the workplace. In November, a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in...

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Alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and the workplace―navigating legal risks

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:58

By Holly K. Jones Q We administer a voluntary leave program through which workers can donate paid leave to their colleagues to obtain necessary medical treatment. Recently an employee asked to use the program to seek substance abuse treatment for alcoholism. This isn’t the type of treatment we had in mind when we established the program. Are...

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What does the immigration executive action mean for employers?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:56

by Christine D. Mehfoud Whether the president’s recent series of immigration-related executive actions will survive potential legal challenges and congressional action remains to be seen. For now, set aside your political views (while I love a good political debate, this space is for practical business implications), and let’s focus on...

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Return-to-work woes: EEOC challenges medical release requests under ADA, GINA

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:55

by Geoffrey D. Rieder In a lawsuit filed in September, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges that a Minnesota-based power company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by requiring an employee returning from medical leave to execute overbroad medical release...

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EEOC brings first lawsuits alleging transgender discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 17:50

by Arielle B. Sepulveda On September 25, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed two lawsuits, the first actions by the agency in which it has alleged that discharging an employee because she is transgender constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and therefore violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In...

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NLRB says employees may use company computers for organizing activity

Human Resources News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 14:20

In perhaps one of its boldest moves, on December 11, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned existing precedent and held that employees have the right to use their employer’s e-mail system for Section 7 concerted activity, including union-organizing activities, during nonbusiness hours. The decision obviously affects employers’...

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NLRB adopts ‘quickie election’ rule

Human Resources News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:07

by Tammy Binford The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to adopt a rule speeding up union representation elections continues to draw fire, as opponents of the change consider legal options. The Board’s action, announced on December 12, represents the second time the controversial regulation—dubbed the “quickie” or...

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New laws affecting Illinois employers take effect January 1

Human Resources News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:49

by Steven L. Brenneman Illinois employers need to be aware of a few new laws taking effect January 1. Ban the box One of the new laws, the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, prohibits most private-sector employers and employment agencies with 15 or more employees from asking applicants about their criminal histories and conducting...

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Delaware businesses get new recordkeeping obligations

Human Resources News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:28

by Molly DiBianca and Lauren Russell Delaware’s new law related to the safe destruction of documents containing personal identifying information will take effect on January 1. The law requires commercial entities to take all reasonable steps to destroy a consumer’s personal identifying information within the business’s custody and control...

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New California law on immigrant discrimination takes effect January 1

Human Resources News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:56

by Alka Ramchandani A new California law taking effect January 1 clarifies a previous law prohibiting immigrant-related discrimination. Last year, a law creating California Labor Code Section 1019 was enacted. That law makes it unlawful for an employer or any other person to engage in—or direct another person to engage in—any “unfair...

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Marky Mark and the Convicted Bunch

EntertainHR - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:26

Just last week, Mark Wahlberg filed a formal petition with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeking a pardon for his 1988 criminal convictions for assault and battery by a dangerous weapon and possession of marijuana, amongst others. These crimes occurred well before Wahlberg became the public figure we all know from his work as an actor and...

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New Jersey cities getting paid sick leave laws

Human Resources News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:50

by Kevin J. Skelly Paid sick leave laws are gaining ground in New Jersey, as new laws in several cities are scheduled to take effect in the coming weeks and months. Paterson, Irvington, Passaic, Newark, East Orange, Jersey City, Trenton, and Montclair have passed laws either in city councils or, in the case of Trenton and Montclair, in the November...

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Comment period on OFCCP’s proposed regulation on pay secrecy closing

Human Resources News - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:14

by Emily L. Bristol The comment period for a new rule prohibiting federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies will come to a close on December 16. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulation, “Government Contractors, Prohibitions Against Pay Secrecy Policies and...

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Colorado wage theft protection law takes effect in January

Human Resources News - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 15:31

by Emily Hobbs-Wright Most provisions of Colorado’s new Wage Protection Act, which establishes an administrative procedure to adjudicate wage claims under state law, will take effect January 1. The law means that for wages and compensation earned on or after January 1, 2015, the Colorado Division of Labor may receive complaints and adjudicate...

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