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New Jersey Issues Final Regulations for Sick Leave Law

On Jan. 6, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued long-awaited regulations regarding enforcement of the state's sick leave law as well as its responses to comments about the initially proposed regulations.

Labor Department: Women Edged Out Men in Payroll Employment in December

​Women made up a slightly larger share of nonfarm payroll employment than men in December—the first time in 10 years, according to the latest U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS data measures the number of men and women on employers' payroll, and does not include those in the workforce who perform contract work or are self-employed.

Supreme Court Won’t Expedite ACA Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court justices won't fast-track their decision on whether to review a ruling that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) individual mandate is unconstitutional.

Delta Air Lines to Award Employees Huge Bonus in February

​Delta Air Lines employees will receive profit-sharing bonuses next month equivalent to an additional two months' pay, the company announced Jan. 21. Every eligible employee will get a check next month for 16.6 percent of their annual salary. The only workers excluded from the profit-sharing plan, CNN reported, are the company's officers, directors and general managers; they will, however, be paid performance-based bonuses.

Is It Time to Trash—or Just Update—Your Wellness Program?

It's hard to argue that adopting healthy habits is a bad thing for anyone. The question for organizations, though, is more complex: Do their wellness programs, including the time that employees are allowed to spend engaged in various activities on the company's dime, provide tangible payback that improves an employer's competitiveness?

Worker Who Left to Evaluate Spouse’s Condition Loses FMLA Claim

While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides protected leave to eligible employees so they may care for a family member with a serious health condition, it does not provide protection for employees to simply evaluate the medical condition of a family member, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Discharged Employee’s First Amendment Claim Rejected

A fired employee who was inattentive at a training class failed to show that his political affiliation was a motivating factor in his firing, ruled the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court Will Review ACA Contraceptive Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will review whether the Trump administration lawfully exempted religious objectors from Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations requiring health plans to include contraceptive coverage.

How to Handle the Incompetent Interviewer

Have you ever been confronted by an interviewer who has never been trained in the skills of employee selection? They could be a junior or senior staff member or line manager or—embarrassing but true—a senior HR professional. Columnist Martin Yate gives advice on how to recognize them and turn what could be an awful job interview to your advantage.

Congress Examines ‘Future of Work’ Issues

Lawmakers have begun considering solutions to worries arising from the growing adoption of automation technologies and the potentially tremendous changes the “future of work” has in store for U.S. workers.

Remind Workers of These Tax Tips

Tax season means it's time for HR departments to advise employees to review their paycheck withholding and consider increasing their contributions to tax-advantaged retirement accounts, tax advisors say. They can also direct eligible employees to the IRS Free File program, among other pertinent tax-time tips.

More Older Workers Are Staying in the Workforce in Ireland

The number of older employees in the Irish workforce has doubled in the last 20 years, making it more likely that a workplace will have a more age-diverse workforce.

Deadline Looming to Comply with Kari's Law

​Feb. 16 is the deadline for companies with multi-line telephone systems installed or manufactured after February 2020 to comply with a new Federal Communications Commission regulation.

Marijuana and the Workplace: What’s New for 2020?

Employers have been grappling with confusing marijuana laws for years—and the rules are getting tougher to navigate as more states add employment protections. Here's what employers need to know about the changing landscape for weed and the workplace in the year ahead.

More Jobs May Result from This Week’s Global Trade Deals

Proponents of global trade had a good week: The Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) on Jan. 16 by a vote of 89-10, and the U.S. and China entered a trade deal on Jan. 15.

Supreme Court Considers When Pension Plans May Be Sued

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 13 in a case involving when plaintiffs may sue pension plans for violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

CNN Joint-Employer Settlement Is Largest in NLRB’s History: $76 Million

CNN reached the largest settlement ever with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 10, agreeing to pay $76 million after the network ended the contracts of unionized camera operators in 2003.

Workplace Drug Testing: Can Employers Still Screen for Marijuana?

Medical and recreational marijuana use are more socially acceptable than ever, and states are legalizing use of the drug at a rapid pace. So should employers even bother testing for weed anymore?

Workplace Drug Testing: What to Do When Employees Fail

You decided to screen workers for drug use because you want to maintain a safe and productive workplace. But what should you do when workers flunk the test? Should employees be fired, given another chance or referred to an employee assistance program? Here’s what employment attorneys said.

Workplace Drug Testing: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Employers must provide a safe work environment, and they want to ensure their employees are productive, but is maintaining a drug-testing program in furtherance of these goals worth the hassle? The answer may depend on the workplace.

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