HR / Employee Relations

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DOJ files suit claiming transgender discrimination

May 13, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, claiming it denied a professor, who began presenting as a woman, a promotion and retaliated against her when she complained about it.
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Applicant rejects job offer? Find out why

May 13, 2015
Sometimes, what appeared to be a dream candidate for that open position you’re trying to fill turns down your job offer. Don’t just stand there and wonder why. Find out.
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Caution when conducting online interviews

May 13, 2015

You’ve narrowed a pile of résumés down to eight. Some live out of state. You don’t want to bring all in for interviews, but also fear rejecting possibly good candidates. What to do?

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Disabled employee wants to do more than we feel comfortable with–can we refuse?

May 7, 2015

Q: “Is it disability discrimination to keep an employee from performing job duties listed on the job description?” – Anonymous, California

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Never threaten deductions from exempts’ pay

April 14, 2015
Exempt employees aren’t entitled to overtime; hourly workers are. But one of the requirements for being classified as exempt under the manager or executive categories (and others) is that employees are paid on a salary basis.
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4 steps to rein in unauthorized OT

April 14, 2015

As overtime lawsuits continue to surge, employers often try to defend themselves by pointing to their policy that says employees should have received management approval before working OT. Bad news: Judges are dealing harshly with employers that try to rely solely on the “no-OT-without-approval” defense.

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Tales from the trenches: Your company vs. your love life

March 12, 2015
You know what they say: The heart wants what it wants. If only it would stop wanting between nine and five. The story of Carl is a test case in dealing with quiet agony.
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Hire for agility in learning

March 12, 2015

Change happens so fast that you can’t rely on experience or academics for what you’ll need on the job. This is why Michael Trusty, an executive at Rolls-Royce, looks for employees who show agility in learning.

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Employee underreports his hours? You still may owe overtime pay

March 11, 2015
Do you have clear policies stating that employees can’t work off the clock, must record all hours worked and must report to HR any supervisor who demands early clockouts? Good! However, that doesn’t mean you’re immune to a wage-and-hour lawsuit.
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Take precautions when firing an IT staffer

February 11, 2015
IT might be entrusted with managing the company’s electronic security, but they should never be above suspicion in cases of e-sabotage.
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