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New York City Law Forbids Hairstyle Discrimination

New York City this week is issuing the country's first-ever ban on employer policies and practices that discriminate against how black people wear their hair.

Website Accessibility Lawsuits Are on the Rise

Businesses that had to make their physical spaces more accessible for people with disabilities since the enactment of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) increasingly find that they must do the same for online access.

How Much Parental Leave Is Too Much?

While a growing number of employers are expanding paid leave for new parents, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it is cutting in half, from 52 weeks to 26 weeks, the amount of paid parental leave it offers employees. The reduction raises the question of how much parental leave is enough.

Illinois Enacts $15 Minimum Wage

Illinois employers should prepare for an increase to the state’s minimum wage that will be implemented in phases starting on Jan. 1, 2020.

What Do California's New Training Requirements Mean for Staffing Firms?

California’s expanded sexual-harassment-prevention training requirements raise new challenges for staffing firms and their diverse working environments.

3 Trends That Will Shape Recruiting in 2019

In 2019, employers will entice applicants by hiring for soft skills and potential, offering more-flexible work options and being more open about pay.

What Companies Need to Know to Retain New Moms

Re-entering the workforce after a significant time away for any reason can be difficult. New mothers returning to work after childbirth and women who have taken a career break to have children, however, experience a unique set of stressful challenges.

‘Ghosted’ by a Former Employee? Here’s What to Do with a Returned Check or W-2

Employees leave their jobs for a variety of reasons, but employers still may need to contact separated workers to send final paychecks and other legally required information, such as W-2 statements. Here's what employers should do if these important documents are returned as undeliverable.

Be Proactive with Possible FMLA Requests

If an employee with a known medical condition requests the use of vacation days without making any mention of that condition, is an employer expected to recognize that request as one for possible Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave? Perhaps.

EU: Companies Are Obligated to Record Work Hours

The advocate general of the European Court of Justice is of the opinion that the European Union (EU) member states have to pass laws that oblige companies to record the daily and weekly work hours of their full-time employees.

Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality

A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

New Onboarding Technology Cuts Down Manual Tasks

It’s no secret that good onboarding practices can reduce turnover and greatly improve new hires’ time to proficiency. What many HR leaders may not be aware of, however, is how next-generation onboarding technologies can eliminate much of the manual work in the process, reduce the chance of problems or delays, and leave more time for HR and line managers to train and socialize new employees.

A Workplace Shooting Is Every HR Professional's Fear

​HR professionals' jobs are more dangerous than many realize. An HR manager and an HR intern were among five employees killed at a warehouse in Aurora, Ill., on Feb. 15 by a worker who was being fired. How can HR professionals and others in the workplace protect themselves?

Your Career Q&A: Why HR Doesn’t Exist to Help Employees

Many people join the HR profession because they want to do something meaningful that helps their fellow employees, but I know of no commercial enterprise that exists only to "help people." Companies exist to make money, and staff gets hired to help profitability.

Worker with Narcolepsy Fails to Show Disability Bias

A hospital in Montgomery County, Ala., did not act unlawfully in discharging an information technology department team head with narcolepsy after he let the hospital’s software licensing expire, incurring a penalty of over $300,000.

Employee Who Got Work Restrictions Lifted Loses ADA Claim

When an employee abandoned the interactive process for identifying a reasonable accommodation and got her permanent work restrictions lifted, the employer was not liable for failing to provide an accommodation, according to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Paycheck Fairness Act Would Hold Employers Accountable for Pay Gaps

The Paycheck Fairness Act was reintroduced in Congress on Jan. 30. What would it mean for employers if Congress approves it?

Workforce Skills Programs Need More Funding, Policy Reforms

Updating the Higher Education Act to reflect current labor market needs and supporting work-based skills training are two of the top priorities for workforce development policy in 2019.

HHS Proposes Higher 2020 Out-of-Pocket Maximums for Health Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed raising enrollee out-of-pocket maximums by 3.8 percent next year. The proposal would also affect employer shared responsibility assessment penalties for 2020.

During Tax Season, Remind Modest Earners About the Saver’s Credit

At tax time, employers have an opportunity to let low- and moderate-income workers know about a special tax credit that can help them save for retirement through their employer-sponsored plan.

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