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Is political banter protected speech?

October 8, 2014

If your workplace seems as politically divided as the country, and the atmosphere is getting nasty, it’s time for you to step in. But will you be trampling on employees’ First Amendment rights if you ban all political talk?

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New OSHA rules require more injury reporting

September 22, 2014
If your workplace is prone to injuries, get ready to submit more paperwork to OSHA.
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The hot lawsuits of 2014: Discrimination, harassment

September 15, 2014

In its third annual survey, completed by more than 500 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite executives, many from the nation’s largest companies, the law firm Littler asked: “In which of the following areas has your organization seen the most employee lawsuits or class actions over the past year?”

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You’re actually paying your staff to play fantasy football

September 15, 2014
Here’s the math, using figures provided by Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based global outplacement and career transitioning firm.
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When hiring, check for these kindergarten skills

September 15, 2014
The basics of good behavior still hold up today …
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Who’s more stressed at work: women or men?

September 15, 2014
Female employees are more highly stressed than men, says a new survey by consulting firm Aon Hewitt.
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‘This isn’t about the money,’ says the employee–truth or lie?

September 15, 2014
Imagine you’re a star NFL halfback making $10 million a year. One day you find out that your team’s star fullback, who produces at the same level, makes $5,000 a year more than you—that’s just .0005% more. It’s an absurdly small drop in the bucket, yet you would want to know why he’s making more, wouldn’t you?
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Avoid the phrase ‘probationary period’

September 15, 2014
Using that term to describe the initial 60- or 90-day post-hire evaluation period has created legal trouble for many employers.
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Facebook rant: ‘Rats don’t even want to work there’

September 15, 2014
You discover that one of your employees entered a post on his Facebook page expressing his dissatisfaction with his job. Can you fire him, or at least discipline him?
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The risk of off-the-shelf job-testing software

September 15, 2014
If you use off-the-shelf pre-employment tests to screen applicants, watch out! You could be setting yourself up for years of litigation if a disappointed applicant sues and alleges some form of discrimination.
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