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New FCRA Disclosure Notice Takes Effect Today

Class-action lawsuits could await employers that don’t update a commonly used notice required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Recruiters Struggle with Predictive Data Analytics

Most organizations have not taken full advantage of data analytics for talent acquisition and retention, even in this recruiting environment of low unemployment and skilled-labor shortages.

Update DOL Weblinks in Participant Communications

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overhauled its website. If your electronic or printed participant communications link to DOL materials, you may need to revise those communications so benefit plan participants will be directed to the appropriate pages on the revamped DOL site.

Employer Didn’t Have to Offer Remote Work as an Accommodation

A civil transportation engineer could not proceed with his claim that his employer did not reasonably accommodate his depression and anxiety when it refused to allow him to work part time from home, the California Court of Appeal ruled.

Leave Laws by State and Municipality

A chart of leave laws by state.

More Employers Try Continuous Background Screening

Employers are showing more interest in continuous, real-time employee screening. Most companies screen for red flags in their employees’ work, legal or financial history once, before they come onboard on Day 1. The problem is that those checks represent a moment in time. If an employee commits a crime, has a license revoked or loses work authorization after being hired, the employer may never find out.

How Has High-Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Ruled on Workplace Issues?

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has been wrought with controversy in recent days, and his Senate confirmation hearing has been delayed. But if he is confirmed, how would Kavanaugh shape workplace laws from the highest bench in the land?

Ontario: Caution Is Required with Suspensions

A case from the Ontario Court of Appeal highlights the risks of using suspensions, particularly unpaid ones, but also provides insight as to how employers may implement them.

Comply with Work Hours Rules in China, Hong Kong and Singapore

Work hours arrangements are one of the most important aspects of employment law, particularly in relation to attendance, rest and overtime compensation. Regulations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore vary significantly.

For Open Enrollment, Communications Get Social

Almost every employee now carries a smartphone, which allows HR benefits managers to make social media posts and text messaging part of their open enrollment toolkit. Here are some tips for the upcoming open enrollment season.

Leading with Dignity

Advice on how to create a culture that brings out the best in people by honoring their dignity.

Should Employers Pick Up Slack?

Slack, a popular messaging app, can increase communication and productivity, and raise legal concerns in new contexts.

What Are an Applicant’s Tattoos Telling Potential Employers?

Researchers disagree on how tattoos affect a job candidate's hiring prospects or an employee's chances for promotion.

Viewpoint: Employee Discipline for the New Workplace

Today's workplace requires a collaborative approach to discipline that treats people as valued partners, promotes mutual respect and problem-solving, and reinforces accountability. Your organization needs people who are self-disciplined for excellence, not punished into compliance.

Your Career Q&A: Get the Most Bang for Your HR Education Buck

What happens when you're moved into an HR job, but you don't have HR training or experience? By all means, pursue ongoing professional education and certification, but address now how you are going to do the job you have.

DOL Focuses on Compliance-Based Programs

Employers may get a little more help from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) through its Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). The new office will assist employers in preventing workplace violations and to protect employees’ wages, benefits and other rights under federal labor laws.

Vague Doctor’s Note Did Not Prove the Need for Extra Lunchtime

A former employee who submitted a vague doctor’s note and then resigned during the interactive accommodation process could not establish that her former employer failed to provide her with a reasonable accommodation.

Full-Time Attendance Is Not Necessarily an Essential Job Function

A human resource representative who was diagnosed with postpartum depression and separation anxiety and was fired after she could not return to full-time office attendance stated valid discrimination claims.

Michigan Lawmakers Adopt Paid Leave Proposal

Michigan lawmakers adopted a citizen-initiated paid leave ballot proposal that was supposed to be put to a vote in the November general elections. The law will take effect in April 2019, but the state legislature will have an opportunity to amend the proposal later this year.

Maryland’s Sexual-Harassment Disclosure Law Takes Effect Soon

Effective Oct. 1, Maryland’s Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act will prohibit certain pre-dispute waivers for sexual-harassment and retaliation claims.

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