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Unhealthy Forms of Masculinity Can Persist in the Workplace

Today, many men are reflecting on how their behavior affects other people in ways they haven't before, and rethinking the traditional, masculine forms of leadership.

Shackles and Dark Rooms: Welcome to the Job Interview

Some companies are using escape rooms, lazer tag and board games to measure job candidates' strengths and weaknesses, though skeptics say this is a less than ideal approach to hiring.

California Bill Would Expand Definition of Race to Include Hairstyle

New Mexico Expands Employment Protections for Medical Marijuana Users

New Mexico lawmakers recently expanded the range of conditions for which medical marijuana may be used and created new employment protections for employees who legally use medical marijuana. Here’s what employers should know.

Synagogue Teachers’ Wage Claims Not Barred by Ministerial Exception

Teachers at a California synagogue preschool were not ministers within the meaning of the First Amendment's ministerial exception, so they were allowed to proceed with their state-law wage and hour claims.

HHS Secretary Azar Wants Employers to Help Control Health Care Costs

To rein in health care costs, employers can avoid plans with “backdoor rebates” on prescription drugs, contract directly with hospitals and guide employees to high quality, competitively priced doctors, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told a gathering of large employers.

Microsoft Pay-Equity Case Raises Contentious Issues

A group of women who worked for Microsoft are challenging a court’s decision that won’t let them proceed with a class action asserting nationwide gender-discrimination, but others—including the Society for Human Resource Management—contend that the decision upholds manager discretion in performance evaluations and pay practices.

Can Employers Require Measles Vaccines?

The recent measles outbreak raises the question of whether employers can require that workers get the vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or prove immunity from the illness.

British Columbia Takes Steps to Close the Gender Pay Gap

While pay for Canadian women in the past 50 years has inched closer to that for Canadian men, the gap between what men and women earn for doing the same jobs continues to be a source of concern across the country, including in British Columbia, Canada.

Employer Stuck with Mistaken Indication That Employee Was FMLA-Eligible

An employee is entitled to pursue her case for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), despite her conceded noneligibility for FMLA leave, after the employer erroneously indicated that she was eligible for FMLA leave.

Stakes Are High When Choosing Background-Screening Providers

There may be more at stake in choosing a background-screening provider than in any other decision a HR leader makes when partnering with an industry vendor. A tight labor market means recruiters can't afford to dither when offering jobs to top candidates, yet if they cut corners on how background screens of those applicants are conducted, that decision can come back to haunt them—not just on the job but in the courtroom.

5 Easy Ways to Win Over Difficult Hiring Managers

The relationship between recruiters and hiring managers is one of the most critical factors affecting the success of an organization’s talent acquisition efforts.

Your Career Q&A: What’s Your Career Management IQ?

Here’s a three-question career management IQ test, based on three questions from readers. See if you can recognize the problems and solutions.

EEOC Tells Judge Pay Data Can’t Be Collected by May 31

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) told a federal judge April 16 that the agency can't collect employee pay data—sorted by race, ethnicity and sex—by the rapidly approaching May 31 deadline for employers to submit other EEO-1 data.

Off-Duty Officers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Off-duty police officers moonlighting for a traffic and security services company should have been paid overtime as employees and not treated as independent contractors, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Discrimination Claim of Pharmacist with Needle Phobia Advances

A pharmacist with trypanophobia—a fear of needles—whom Walmart fired after the chain began offering immunization shots to customers can bring a wrongful discharge claim based on Walmart’s initial offer to accommodate him.

How Employers in British Columbia Should Prepare for Labor Code Updates

Updates to British Columbia's labor code are under way for the first time since 1992, when the working world was a very different place.

Are Noncompete Laws Like California’s Coming to Washington State?

California law significantly restricts employer use of noncompetition agreements, and proposed legislation in the state of Washington seeks to mirror the Golden State's laws. Here's what employers need to know.

Worker Who Quit Can’t Pursue Claims of Race and Age Bias

An employee who voluntarily left her job couldn't sue her former employer for race and age discrimination, the California Court of Appeal ruled. Although the employee claimed that her supervisor made her job so stressful she had no choice but to quit, she didn't show that a reasonable worker would find the conditions intolerable.

German Employers’ Twitter Use Limited

German law may now limit some of employers’ Twitter activities, thanks to a 2018 labor court ruling.

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