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California Supreme Court Deals Blow to Gig Economy

May 29, 2018

Via: HR Hero

Over the last 10 years, analysts have told of the decline of traditional employment in favor of independent contractors and the so-called gig economy. Instead, a casual workforce would arise, working when they want and trading security for flexibility. Workers […]


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The Penalties for Wage and Hour violations are NOT just fines!

May 16, 2018

Via: Omega HR Solutions

In a press release from early May, the USDOL announced that a conclusion had been reached in a case reaching back to 2009. According to the release: The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has sentenced Kevin […]


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Employers Face Heavy Burden When Defending EPA Claims

May 14, 2018

Via: HR Hero

Not only must you be vigilant in preventing workplace sexual harassment in the age of #MeToo, but you also may face an uphill battle in defending against gender-based pay discrimination claims under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), according to a […]


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Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation?

May 11, 2018

Via: HR Hero

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard a claim from an in-house lawyer who sued her employer for refusing to provide the accommodation she requested as a result of pregnancy-related complications. Facts “Miriam,” an […]


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Maine Imposes New Harassment Training Requirements, Increases Violation Penalties

April 13, 2018

Via: HR Hero

With the #MeToo movement seemingly everywhere in the news, it’s important for all employers to review their sexual harassment training practices. Maine recently amended its sexual harassment training law to impose additional requirements on employers in the state. Training Checklist […]


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Supreme Court Rejects Narrow Interpretation of FLSA in Overtime Case

April 4, 2018

Via: HR Hero

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in a case directly affecting employers of auto service advisers is expected to have implications for employers of other kinds of workers as well since the Court rejected the notion that exemptions to the […]


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Federal Court Rejects Interns’ FLSA Claim Against Hearst

March 28, 2018

Via: HR Hero

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it was rescinding a guidance document on paying interns it issued in 2010. The former guidance suggested that employers need to apply a six-factor test to determine whether an intern must […]


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Employers can’t demand clergy notes for flu shot exemptions, feds say

March 23, 2018

Via: HR Dive

Title VII protects employees from discrimination based on their religion and also requires employers to accommodate religious beliefs under certain circumstances. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that employers should generally take employees at their word that their […]


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State Chamber Fights Workplace Addiction With Employer Opioid Toolkit

March 22, 2018

Via: Workforce

Nearly 50,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses in 2016. Compare that figure to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which recorded 43,000 deaths during its peak in 1995, or the entire Vietnam War, which saw 58,000 U.S. soldiers die. Needless to […]


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Employee participation in ‘Day Without Immigrants’ was protected activity, agency says

March 19, 2018

Via: HR Dive

The advice memo may not be the final word in the case (it directs a regional NLRB office to pursue the case if it can’t reach a settlement with the employer), but tracks with what employment law attorneys were advising […]