BMD Editors

Q. Is it OK for me to consider information about a job applicant that I learn by using Google, viewing Facebook pages and reviewing Twitter feeds?

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The EEOC says you must “reasonably accommodate” employees’ religious beliefs and practices. But you can (and should) step in when that religious zeal crosses the line into religious harassment. Just make sure you treat all employees consistently—or you’ll be praying for the lawsuit to go away…

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On April 15, President Obama signed into law amendments to the COBRA subsidy provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus. Those amendments—plus amendments enacted in March—not only extend the time that the subsidy is available, but also offer it to certain individuals whose hours were reduced before they were involuntary terminated.

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Model COBRA continuation coverage election notice (For use by single-employer group health plans)

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A seemingly simple question—which court should decide a lawsuit—that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court has sent ripples through the corporate law world in general and employment law in particular. It’s an example of the kind of case HR professionals need to understand.

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A proposal that would make it easier for unions to enlist members from among railroad and other transportation workers is facing a new challenge from a free market advocacy group.

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New York’s attorney general last week started issuing subpoenas to recent Long Island Rail Road retirees who receive federal disability pensions after a government report raised questions about whether their disability claims were fraudulent. The subpoenas are being issued to 108 recent retirees who Attorney General Andrew Cuomo suspects might be responsible for an unusually high rate of disability pensions among LIRR workers.

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing Norfolk Southern Railway of sex discrimination in a lawsuit filed recently in Maryland. The lawsuit says Norfolk Southern supervisors deprived a female employee of an opportunity for the training she would need to be promoted to a yardmaster.

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Contract truck drivers in Charleston, W.Va., are suing CSX Transportation after accusing the railroad company of paying them less than minimum wage.

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You dread going to work. The problem isn’t your job, which you love. And you’re blessed with a great staff. But your boss makes you miserable. Here’s how to fight off intimidation and get support when you need it most …

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