As we enter a new decade, HR must pay more attention than ever to employment law issues. Reason: new laws taking effect, increased agency enforcement, more lawsuits spurred by a poor economy and an activist Congress. Here are 10 key trends and how to respond:
1. Had layoffs? Review OT eligibility
As employers shed workers by the millions in recent years, workers were left to juggle their own tasks as well as those of departed co-workers. Result: For many, shifting job duties also shifted status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. That’s one reason such lawsuits have spiked in recent years. To help determine employees’ status, use our Exempt vs. Nonexempt checklist at www.theHRSpecialist.com/checklist.
2. Get serious about social media
Employers that tried to ignore social media will need to embrace it—or at least understand it—in 2010. You face risks when employees misuse those tools. First st...(register to read more)
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