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Employee Who Allegedly Bought Marijuana at Work Removed from Job

April 21, 2021

Via: SHRM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the removal from federal service of a postal carrier who appeared to buy marijuana from the postal truck of a co-worker while on duty. The employee began working for the […]


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Waiving Departing Employee’s Notice Period Can Raise Discrimination Concerns

April 19, 2021

Via: HR Hero

In a recent article, we looked at the pros and cons of letting soon-to-be-departing employees work the duration of their notice period or whether it’s better to cut ties quickly. Of special concern to many HR managers is whether waiving […]


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Lack of Secrecy Dooms Employer’s Suit to Stop Former Sales Reps’ Use of Customer Lists

April 16, 2021

Via: HR Hero

The Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) prohibits misappropriation of trade secrets and allows recovery of attorneys’ fees in suits to enforce the Act. A recent decision by the Appellate Court of Illinois is a cautionary tale for employers wanting to […]


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Winners of the Fifth Annual SHRM ‘HRaiku’ Contest

April 15, 2021

Via: SHRM

The editors of the SHRM Certification Update are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 SHRM HR Haiku Contest, celebrating National Poetry Month. Art in any form helps people seek connection and common ground, and poetry in particular is […]


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Fighting the Double-Whammy of Ageism, Sexism

April 14, 2021

Via: SHRM

As they grow older, women face more misperceptions about their dedication and productivity in the workplace. “Gendered ageism” is a type of sexism affecting women in their 40s and beyond. A 2021 academic study found that “if ageism is undoubtedly problematic for […]


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Workers’ Comp Bars Claim That Bullying Led to Employee’s Suicide

April 12, 2021

Via: SHRM

The family of a worker alleging that he committed suicide after experiencing workplace bullying could not bring a wrongful death claim against his employer and supervisor, a California appellate court ruled. Workers’ compensation was the exclusive remedy and therefore barred […]


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Amazon retaliated against climate organizers, labor board finds

April 5, 2021

Via: The Verge

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that Amazon retaliated against two activist employees when it fired them in April of last year, as first reported by The New York Times. The determination is part of the board’s ongoing […]


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Rapid COVID-19 Testing Now in the Ontario Workplace

April 2, 2021

Via: SHRM

The Ontario provincial government recently announced that it is relaxing the regulations around the use of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (“RATs”) to make it easier for businesses to test for COVID-19 in the workplace. Employees who want to self-swab for […]


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FMLA is Required HR Knowledge

March 30, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is a more complex topic than it may seem. Basically, for any eligible employee at a covered employer, up to 12 weeks of leave must be provided each year for a qualifying event […]


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Biden administration looks to organize ‘vaccine passport’ development

March 29, 2021

Via: The Verge

The Biden administration is working on plans for how to manage credentials that would let people prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, The Washington Post reported. Often referred to as “vaccine passports,” these credentials could be displayed on free smartphone […]