New York fast-food employers bracing for $15 minimum wage

Human Resources News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 14:36

by Tammy Binford New York fast-food workers may be celebrating the likelihood of a $15-an-hour minimum wage phased in over the next few years, but others are questioning the justification offered for the raise. A three-member wage board appointed by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recommended the new minimum wage for fast-food workers July 22. It...

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NLRB: Failure to negotiate data breach remedies with union violates NLRA

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 09:58

by Elijah Yip The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently took the unprecedented position that an employer violated federal law by failing to engage its employees’ union in collective bargaining over its response to a data breach. Not so fast! The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was the target of a 2014 data breach affecting more than...

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Donald Trump will win (a Title VII lawsuit)

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 21:26

This is an entertainment-centered blog and therefore as good a place as any to discuss Donald Trump. By now you are surely aware of the nuanced approach Trump took toward U.S.-Mexico immigration policy in his presidential bid announcement:  “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you....

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Contractors face August 1 deadline for new veteran reporting form

Human Resources News - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:40

Beginning August 1, federal contractors must use the new VETS-4212 report to provide information to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) about their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans. The VETS-4212 report replaces the VETS-100 and VETS-100A forms required by the regulations...

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Gender identity in the workplace: Employers face emerging discrimination issue

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 16:59

When the Olympian and reality TV star the world knew as Bruce Jenner announced this spring that he identifies as female rather than male, the resulting publicity put a new employment issue into focus: Controversy surrounding gender identity is more than fodder for reality TV. It also poses workplace discrimination questions as well as practical...

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We’ve come a long way, maybe

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 16:57

by Susan G. Fentin I’m old enough to remember a time when sexual harassment wasn’t illegal, in the era before the courts began to apply Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to such claims. I have vivid memories of getting a “back rub” from a manager in the small office where I was doing temporary secretarial work during...

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Referral bonuses, diversity, and disparate impact liability

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 16:53

by Andy Rodman Q My company is having difficulty attracting qualified candidates for high-tech positions. We’re considering implementing a referral bonus policy, under which a current employee would be paid $500 for referring a candidate who is hired. Is this type of policy legal?  A There is nothing inherently illegal about a referral...

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Nonreligious observance may require religious accommodation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 16:51

by Maggie LeBato and H. Mark Adams Both federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees because of their religion. The courts have further ruled that the prohibition against religious discrimination requires you to accommodate your employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs unless it would cause undue hardship...

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Unemployment rate for veterans at lowest point since 2008

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 16:50

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released unemployment numbers showing that the 2014 unemployment rate among military veterans dropped to its lowest point since 2008. Employers’ recognition of the strengths that veterans bring to the workforce is at least one factor for this drop...

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North Dakota eases PTO payout rules

Human Resources News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:09

by Lisa Edison-Smith Because of new legislation taking effect August 1, private-sector employers in North Dakota will find it easier to avoid paying out unused paid time off (PTO) or vacation time when employees quit. Under the old law, an employer was required to pay a departing employee for any PTO or vacation time that was “available for the...

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Into the breach: 5 tips to avoid being hacked

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:24

by Jan Fox Last week, we looked at data security laws and proposed legislation at the state and federal level. While states are now taking a more proactive approach by establishing requirements to avoid a security breach, mere legal compliance won’t keep your data safe.  Protect your organization While international corporate intrigue,...

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New guidance signals tougher stance on independent contractor classification

Human Resources News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 14:12

A new interpretation of language in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the latest effort in the government’s fight against what it sees as troubling misclassification of employees as independent contractors. On July 15, David Weil, administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD), released...

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Agencies issue ACA-related regulations addressing contraceptive coverage

Human Resources News - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 08:27

On July 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued final regulations on coverage of certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the new regulations focus on the ACA’s controversial “contraceptive mandate.” The...

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The Devil Wears Prada: Meryl Streep and the Queen Bee myth

EntertainHR - Sun, 07/12/2015 - 08:53

You’ve seen her splashed across the big screen, small screen, computer screen, and even your tablet screen, but have you ever actually met the fabled Executive Queen Bee? We’re talking about the stereotypical top female executive who stomps on other women on her way to the top, reveling in her success while ignoring or sabotaging the...

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Into the breach: States crack down on cyber hackers

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:42

by Lorraine Yeomans Target, Home Depot, Staples, JP Morgan Chase, Anthem, Sony—the list of companies that have had sensitive information stolen by cyber hackers goes on and on. It seems that almost every day we hear about another big business that has fallen victim to cybercrime. In the attack on Sony, hackers stole and leaked the names, Social...

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Expanded data security breach laws taking effect in Washington

Human Resources News - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 10:34

by Joelle Hong and Amelia Morrow Gerlicher Washington’s expanded data security breach notification laws are set to take effect July 24, meaning employers must make sure they have safe and effective privacy practices in place and are ready to respond in the event of a security breach. Under the old law, businesses that own or license computerized...

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4 ways to bring your team to the finish line

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Does your team know what the ultimate objective is for each project they work on? Do they know what the purpose is—what they’re trying to achieve? Are you confident that you consistently communicate exactly what the goal is for each and every project? Knowing what you, their leader, want to ultimately achieve on every project...

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Avoiding the “own goal” at work: 3 lessons from Women’s World Cup

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/06/2015 - 08:45

On Sunday, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) soundly defeated Japan to claim the nation’s third World Cup championship. With this year’s Women’s World Cup breaking TV ratings expectations at every turn, it’s likely you or someone you know was glued to the tube as this spectacular victory unfolded. I know I was. And as I...

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DOL’s proposed rules to swell ranks of overtime-eligible employees

Human Resources News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:17

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) release of new proposed rules regulating who is eligible for overtime pay has employers scrambling to determine how many of their workers will need to be reclassified when new regulations take effect. Currently, the salary threshold for an employee to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is $455...

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Wyoming employers need to be ready for strengthened data breach law

Human Resources News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:01

by Brad Cave Wyoming’s new data breach notification law takes effect July 1, meaning employers need to be ready for beefed-up notification requirements. Wyoming law requires that any entity or person who conducts business in Wyoming and owns or licenses computerized data that include personal identifying information must notify affected consumers...

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