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American Express Introduces Latest WorkFlex Twist

October 20, 2021

Via: SHRM

American Express is putting a creative twist on workplace flexibility that allows its hybrid, fully virtual and fully onsite employees to work up to four calendar weeks per year from a location other than their primary work site, beginning next […]


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DOL Sues Over Firing for E-Mail Allegedly Sharing Coronavirus Concerns

October 15, 2021

Via: SHRM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed suit against an Austin, Texas, car dealer for firing an employee who warned managers and other co-workers in an all-staff e-mail about potential coronavirus hazards in the workplace. We’ve gathered articles on […]


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First Amendment Protects Against Viewpoint Discrimination

October 13, 2021

Via: SHRM

A sheriff failed to demonstrate that his interest in maintaining an efficient workplace outweighed a sergeant’s free-speech interest in voicing political support for the sheriff’s re-election opponent. In the fall of 2017, the sheriff of the El Paso County Sheriff’s […]


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Employee Drug Testing in Iowa Receives Further Clarity

October 11, 2021

Via: HR Hero

The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued important decisions about the state’s private-sector drug-free-workplace statute. Iowa Code Section 730.5 is a complex statute containing numerous application pitfalls for employers. Read on to learn more about the consequential case. Facts Four employees […]


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Drexel employee’s failure to complete paperwork dooms FMLA claim, 3rd Cir. finds

October 6, 2021

Via: HR Dive

The FMLA involves two main sets of forms that accomplish two tasks: notice and certification. The first of the two puts the onus on employers — the FMLA requires employers to provide employees with notices about the FMLA so both […]


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Employer’s Failure to Produce Records Justified ‘Slight Windfall’ for Worker

October 5, 2021

Via: SHRM

An employer produced no records showing the hours a former employee worked or the compensation he received. So a trial court correctly used the employee’s records in a lawsuit for unpaid overtime, even though the evidence was imprecise and the […]


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Discipline of Employee for Mass Union E-Mails to Co-Workers Violated NLRA

October 5, 2021

Via: SHRM

The discipline of a T-Mobile call-center employee for sending e-mails to co-workers encouraging them to support the Communications Workers of America (CWA) violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit […]


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CFRA Covered Employee’s Leave to Care for Adult Sister Prior to Expanded Law

October 4, 2021

Via: SHRM

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) violated the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) when it fired a worker in 2014 after he took leave to care for his adult sister, a California appeals court ruled. The employee was entitled to take […]


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‘Rife with sexism’: employees of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin describe ‘toxic’ workplace culture

October 1, 2021

Via: The Verge

Twenty-one current and former employees of Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin published a damning essay on Thursday saying the company “turns a blind eye to sexism, is not sufficiently attuned to safety concerns, and silences those who seek to […]


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8th Circuit Denies Relief for Female Employee Paid Less for Choosing to Do More

October 1, 2021

Via: HR Hero

A female employee wasn’t discriminated against for receiving less compensation than her male coworkers when she voluntarily chose to complete tasks that weren’t required of her, according to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all […]