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Supreme Court ruling allows ‘travel ban’ Executive Order to take limited effect

Human Resources News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:10

On June 26, the last day of the current term, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the “travel ban” Executive Order’s (EO) focus on primarily Muslim countries violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and whether the EO exceeds President Donald Trump’s authority granted by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)....

Use summer as a chance to focus on what’s really important

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:30

by Dan Oswald Last week, we celebrated the first day of summer. With kids out of school for a few weeks now and the high temperatures we’ve experienced already, it seems like summer started quite a while ago. Either way, summer is here. It’s time for family vacations, afternoons at the ballpark, and concerts in the park. There’s something all...

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Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:22

Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report in May indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility were higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015.  For example, the report indicated that the rate of serious...

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Florida federal judge holds that supermarket chain’s website must be accessible to disabled

Employer Law Report - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:27

By Jamie LaPlante In the first trial on the merits involving website accessibility, a federal judge in Florida ruled on June 13, 2017, after a two-day bench trial, that supermarket chain Winn-Dixie violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to make its website accessible. Juan Carlos Gil, a blind Florida man who attempted to use...

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Kaplan nomination called way to ‘stop the bleeding’ at NLRB

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:18

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Marvin Kaplan, currently chief counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to one of two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is being hailed by probusiness interests as a way to bring balance to the Board. Kevin C. McCormick, an editor of...

Senate releases highly anticipated healthcare bill

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:09

Following the May passage in the House of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate has now released the text of its own draft ACA reform bill. Dubbed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” the 142-page Senate proposal is substantively quite similar to the AHCA—including its elimination of the employer and individual...

Why you should care about EAR, even if your company doesn’t export anything

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:00

by Sarah Franklin Many employers assume that because their company doesn’t export products overseas, they aren’t subject to export regulations. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) apply not only to technology and products shipped outside the United States but also to any...

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Changes to Iowa unemployment benefits coming July 1

Human Resources News - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:17

by Tara Z. Hall Several changes related to unemployment benefits in Iowa are set to take effect July 1. The changes are seen as beneficial to employers. Unemployment and incarceration An amendment to the Iowa Employment Security Act (IESA) adds a new subsection to the Iowa Code that provides that an employee will be disqualified from receiving...

Seattle scheduling law to take effect July 1

Human Resources News - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:32

by Chelsea Petersen and Stephanie Holstein An ordinance affecting how large retail and food services employers in Seattle schedule workers is set to take effect July 1. The ordinance applies to employers in the retail and food services industries (defined broadly to include restaurants, food trucks, bars, and caterers) with 500 or more employees...

Dealing with hidden disability: Navigating protections for workers with addictions

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 07:00

Employers generally understand their obligations related to legal protections for people with disabilities. But not all disabilities are obvious, sometimes not even to those afflicted. Such may be the case when employees suffer from addiction to prescription drugs—a problem that’s been in the spotlight lately. And with good reason: The costs...

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Millennials will transform management practices

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:58

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have surpassed Generation X and Baby Boomers to become the largest group in America’s workforce, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. Not only are Millennials continuing to grow and dominate the workforce, but they are also starting to take on more...

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EEOC maintains steady position on transgender employees’ rights

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:57

by JW Furman With all the attention given to President Donald Trump’s recent removal of the Obama administration’s protection for transgender bathroom access, it’s important to remember that the action applies only to public school students. For employers, the issue remains as unsettled as ever.  There’s no reason to...

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Disability bias verdict provides 4.5M reasons to check your policies

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:54

by Jeffrey D. Slanker A recent case from Central Florida highlights the importance of maintaining and properly implementing updated and compliant equal employment opportunity and antidiscrimination policies. The case involved disability discrimination claims, and a jury ultimately found in favor of the employee and rendered a $4.5 million verdict....

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Take control of the Internet’s response to negative online comments

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:05

by Elijah Yip “Why did you fire my wife?” Bradley Reid Byrd posted that question on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page when his wife was let go after working for the restaurant chain for 11 years. The post remained largely unnoticed for about a month until a comedian uploaded a screenshot of it to his Facebook page and his 2.1...

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Iowa workers’ comp changes coming July 1

Human Resources News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:11

by Tara Hall and Rebecca Duffy Changes to Iowa’s workers’ compensation law—changes seen as mostly beneficial to employers—are set to take effect July 1. The employer-friendly changes to the state’s workers’ comp law include a new provision classifying shoulder injuries as scheduled-member injuries rather than body-as-a-whole injuries,...

Sixth Circuit decision in EEOC v. AutoZone provides road map to sexual harassment defense

Employer Law Report - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:00

By Charlie Warner In a decision issued on June 9, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee) affirmed the dismissal of sexual harassment claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of three female AutoZone employees. In its decision, the Court reaffirmed some...

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All eyes on Philly: Businesses launch second challenge to city’s salary history ban

Human Resources News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:26

For a second time, a Philadelphia business group has asked a judge to block the city’s ban on salary history questions, arguing that the law infringes on business’ free-speech rights. The law also would prevent businesses in the city from keeping pace with competitors, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia said in a statement. “The...

Wonder Woman and the fight against unconscious bias

EntertainHR - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:31

Not only has the recently released Wonder Woman movie garnered mainly favorable reviews, but it has been highly successful at the box office, having made more than $200 million domestically in its first two weeks of release alone. From a purely movie industry insider perspective, the success of Wonder Woman is incredibly important to Warner...

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Recent visit to Apple Store raises questions about the company’s customer service

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:17

by Dan Oswald I recently had an experience that made me wonder, can a company become arrogant? We’ve all met arrogant people, but can a company be haughty or egotistical? Let me share the experience first, and then I’ll come back to my question. My son received a pair of wireless headphones for Christmas that had stopped working by May. They...

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Los Angeles, San Francisco minimum wages going up July 1

Human Resources News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 08:15

Employers in Los Angeles and San Francisco must prepare to pay higher minimum wages starting July 1. In the city of Los Angeles and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, the minimum wage is going to $12 an hour on July 1 for businesses with more than 25 employees, up from $10.50 an hour. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees will have to...

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