5 questions to help gauge your midyear progress

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Believe it or not, as I write this, the first half of 2015 is coming to an end. That’s right, the year is half over, and it’s a good time to mark your progress. Are you well on your way to achieving the goals—both personal and professional—you set for yourself this year? Before we flip the calendar to July, let’s take stock...

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Kinder, gentler Terminator: how to say ‘Hasta la vista’ to employees without getting sued

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:14

Terminator Genisys, the fifth installment in the wildly popular action film series, hits theaters this week. Over the last 30 years, the original Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, has transformed from a soulless assassin with no regard for others to a cyborg protector with a heart of gold (actually it’s mimetic polyalloy, but you get...

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Exposure to sexual banter on CEO’s private Gmail not severe or pervasive

Technology for HR - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:00

by Jeffrey A. Gruen The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed an employee’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim because her exposure to sexual banter when she logged into an executive’s personal Gmail account wasn’t “severe or pervasive.”  Facts Macon Goldman worked as...

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Massachusetts final sick leave regulations make substantial changes

Human Resources News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:30

by Susan G. Fentin Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey recently issued final regulations for the state’s new earned sick time law that aren’t quite what employers were expecting. As a result, employers are scrambling to update their sick time policies before the July 1 compliance deadline. Language in a “model...

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Employers need to examine policies, laws in light of Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Human Resources News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:08

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage means employers across the country need to take a look at their policies as well as the effect the ruling has on various laws dealing with employment. The Court’s 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges struck down prohibitions on gay marriage in states covered by the U.S. 6th...

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Oregon employers must prepare for statewide paid sick leave law

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:55

by Cal Keith Paid sick leave will be the law in Oregon as of January 1, 2016, now that Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation passed by the state legislature in mid-June. The statewide law mostly mirrors Portland’s sick leave law, which took effect January 1, 2014. It provides that covered employers must allow employees to accrue up to 40...

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Obamacare ruling means little change for employers

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:24

In a much-anticipated June 25 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a victory on his administration’s signature piece of legislation—the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although the ruling was crucial to the future of the healthcare law, it basically means business as usual for employers. The Court ruled 6-3 in King v. Burwell...

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Virginia online privacy law takes effect July 1

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:00

by Sara Sakagami Virginia’s new law placing restrictions on the circumstances in which employers may access their employees’ social media accounts takes effect July 1. Virginia Code § 40.1-28.7:5 prohibits employers from requiring current or prospective employees to either (1) disclose login information for a personal social media account or...

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Next phase of Houston’s equal rights law set

Human Resources News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 13:45

As of June 27, more employers will be covered by the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance adds to the protected classes covered under federal and state civil rights laws. HERO took effect on June 27, 2014, covering employers with 50 or more employees. On June 27, 2015, the law will cover employers with 25 or more employees. On the...

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Changes to California Family Rights Act regulations take effect July 1

Human Resources News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 09:00

by Marc A. Koonin, Sedgwick LLP Updated regulations for the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) take effect July 1. The new regulations represent the first significant revisions to the CFRA in 20 years and include a number of changes, many of which are designed to bring the regulations into greater conformity with their federal Family and Medical...

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Get to the point—the fine art of brevity

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald President Woodrow Wilson was once asked how long it took him to prepare his speeches, and his answer was quite telling. “That depends on the length of the speech,” said Wilson. “If it is a 10-minute speech, it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech, it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I...

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Jenner, Dolezal, and the transformative debate

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 13:06

The names Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal have been inexorably intertwined over the last couple weeks by the mainstream media and social pundits, including a debate as to whether these two individuals’ circumstances should even be intertwined because they represent entirely different discussions regarding social justice and identity. As most...

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Facebook firings: Beware of the NLRA

Technology for HR - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:05

by Kara Shea In preparing for a recent presentation on employment law and social media, I read the latest opinion from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on the issue, Pier Sixty LLC and Hernan Perez and Evelyn Gonzalez. The Board’s holding that an employee’s Facebook post stating that his supervisor was a “NASTY...

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New Tennessee law allows guns in trunks at work

Human Resources News - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:00

by Kara E. Shea A new Tennessee law clearing up two years of confusion related to whether employers can enforce no-weapons policies goes into effect July 1. Gun-rights advocates have prevailed. The new law prohibits employers from firing employees for complying with Tennessee’s “guns in trunks” statute, which was passed in 2013. That law...

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The tragedy at Emanuel AME

Diversity Insight - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:08

by Rick Morgan Today’s current events are rife with bad news. The despicable and senseless murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, do not end at the doors of this historical house of worship. The event, however, does bring into focus an issue that our country and workplaces continue to wrestle with on a daily basis—that of...

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Indiana employers need to be ready for religious freedom law

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00

by Angela Johnson and Martha Lemert The new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA) is set to take effect July 1 after being signed into law in March and then amended in April because of objections that the statute would be used to discriminate, particularly on the basis of sexual orientation. In its amended form, the IRFRA doesn’t...

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Minnesota employers need to be ready for medical marijuana by July 1

Human Resources News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00

by Laurie Jirak Distribution of medical marijuana in Minnesota is set to begin July 1, so employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities under the state’s new medical marijuana law. Confusion may arise because employers are subject to both federal and state laws that may impose different standards or requirements on workplace...

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Clinton e-mail controversy highlights dangers of using personal online accounts for work

Technology for HR - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:52

by Elijah Yip In March, the New York Times reported that Hillary Rodham Clinton used a personal e-mail account for work and personal matters while she served as U.S. secretary of state. Many employees probably appreciate why she chose to use a private e-mail address for work purposes. She enjoyed the convenience of carrying one mobile device ...

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Firing employee for off-duty marijuana use legal, says Colorado Supreme Court

Human Resources News - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 14:40

by Emily Hobbs-Wright In a nationally awaited decision, the Colorado Supreme Court has upheld an employer’s termination of an employee who tested positive for marijuana because of his off-duty, off-premises marijuana use. The court issued a narrow decision on June 15 in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC. It turned on the fact that marijuana use remains...

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Heeere’s Johnny!!! Or, what horrors lurk in your building?

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 09:27

If you’ve seen The Shining you certainly remember the scene when Jack Nicholson’s character, now thoroughly possessed by the Overlook Hotel’s diabolical spirits, hefts an axe and chases his wife through the snowbound resort. Cornering her in a bathroom, he splinters the door and bellows, “Heeere’s Johnny!”  Scary stuff, for sure. For...

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