Employment Law

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Excluding women isn’t an acceptable sexual harassment-prevention strategy

June 2, 2016
Employers are obligated to provide a work environment free of sexual harassment. They can’t satisfy that responsibility by segregating the workforce by gender, even if doing so would certainly prevent harassment.
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Q&A: Understanding the Big Changes to Overtime Law

May 19, 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor just announced its much-anticipated final changes to federal overtime rules, which willl bring big changes to the way employers pay, classify and manage their employees. Here is a compliance Q&A on those changes:
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New overtime rules arrive; compliance date set

May 18, 2016
The Department of Labor’s update to the Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees overtime rights for many more salaried workers.
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Complying With the FLSA Overtime Rules: The Duties Test

May 18, 2016
UPDATE: May 2016 On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules, which effectively double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers are exempt from being paid overtime, raising it from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The new rules become effective December […]
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Sometimes Facebook posts can lead to discipline

May 9, 2016
Despite recent court rulings, some social media items can be bad enough to warrant termination.
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Company activities heavy on religious content? Better pray you don’t wind up in court

May 2, 2016
Evangelical fervor can cause legal trouble if an employer requires employees to participate in religious practices or activities as a condition of continued employment.
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Considering rehiring? Ask how he left before

April 6, 2016
How a worker handles his or her resignation may be good reason to refuse to rehire that worker later.
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Language doesn’t create protected class

March 9, 2016
An employee who claimed he was singled out and discriminated against because he did not speak a particular language has lost his discrimination case.
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Beware giving promotions without pay raises

February 29, 2016
Have some of your employees been promoted without getting raises? That could be dangerous if those workers can show that other employees outside their protected class did get higher pay.
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Discrimination claims rise in 2015, disability cases see biggest jump

February 20, 2016
The EEOC handled 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination in fiscal year 2015.
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