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Prepare now for the upcoming season of parties, gifts and card-exchanging with these three timesaving tips.

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Congress gave final approval on Sept. 17 to legislation that will bring more Americans under the umbrella of “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Here’s what the bill means to HR professionals and U.S. employers …

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Final approval of a new I-9—plus the government’s recent decision to back off on new rules for handling no-match letters—brings to a close a busy fall season in which employers’ role in immigration enforcement has been in the spotlight. What does it all mean for HR?

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Q. At our office, if an employee misses a time-clock punch, his pay for that day is suspended until he receives his check stub. The employee must then fill out a missed time-card punch form and have it signed by a senior partner. The missed pay is then applied to the person’s next pay period. Is this legal? — D.L., Virginia …

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With local elections in November and presidential primaries coming soon, you’ll see more inter-office political debates.

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HR Specialist will be covering the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 in depth. We’ll catalog all our stories on this page. Consider bookmarking it so you can check back regularly to see what’s new.

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The upcoming elections will highlight partisan politics and controversial issues affecting employees. No doubt, your workplace will be the site of some political discussions—and maybe overtly political activity. You need to understand when you can and cannot discipline employees for political activity …

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Q. We use a full-service employee leasing company. Are we exposed to liability for employment claims brought by leased employees? …

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In 2006, a federal district court let stand a verdict for $33 million in favor of Dr. Lawrence Poliner, a cardiologist who sued Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and several hospital physicians after they suspended his hospital privileges for five months following a review of his work.  In a highly anticipated decision, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has overruled that verdict …

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Two key federal laws have changed, affecting how employers handle wage-and-hour issues. A new federal minimum wage went into effect in July, and civil penalties for child-labor law violations increased in May. Here is a summary of each development …

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