Offering extra leave as hiring incentive: Any risk?

July 11, 2012
Q. We are considering hiring a new RN. She is requesting an extra week of vacation above what our company policy offers. Would we be discriminating against our other full-time employees if we grant her request? — W.P., Illinois
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Know what counts as illegal retaliation

June 13, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new fact sheets that help clarify what types of employer actions rise to the level of illegal retaliation under the FMLA and FLSA.
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A costly mistake: misclassifying workers

June 13, 2012
Employers that misclassify workers as exempt continue to be hit with big-dollar court awards.
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Employee handbooks: Are they mandatory?

June 13, 2012

Q. I just joined a new company that’s never had an employee handbook and doesn’t seem interested in creating one. Do we have to create one? — J.K.D., North Carolina

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Is it ever legal to ask an applicant her age?

June 13, 2012

Q. I was told that in certain situations, a hiring manager can ask an applicant for her date of birth during the hiring process. Isn’t it illegal to inquire about someone’s age? — K.G., Virginia

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Tick tock: Watch the (retaliation) clock

June 13, 2012

It’s illegal to retaliate against employees—by firing, demoting, cutting pay or any other change to work conditions—for filing a job discrimination claim. But does that mean you can never fire litigious employees?

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At-home online training: To pay or not?

June 13, 2012
Online training programs eliminate the hassle of trying to schedule a convenient time for employees to be trained. Under the FLSA regulations, training time need not be counted as working time only if all these four criteria are met.
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Exempt or nonexempt? Free checklist helps you decide

June 4, 2012

It’s a perennial HR challenge: Determining whether an employee is exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We make the job easier with HR Specialist’s free checklist, as well as a free white paper detailing how to comply with the law.

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EEOC’s new guidance on criminal background checks

May 30, 2012
Earlier this year, the EEOC issued up­­dated guidance on how employers should use arrest and con­­viction records when making hiring decisions. If you use criminal background checks to screen applicants and employees, this affects you! Fact: Checks that were once routine are now under the gun.
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Older worker’s pay maxed out? That’s not age discrimination

May 9, 2012

If your company has established top pay levels for each job classification, you probably end up giving some long-tenured (and, therefore, older) employees smaller raises than their less-experienced co-workers. Those older workers may cry foul when they see their smaller (or nonexistent) raises. But they won’t be able to successfully claim age bias, as long as you can explain that the pay difference is due to your clearly documented wage schedules.

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