The HR Specialist

The real action in the 2016 election is still months away, but political discord is already in mid-campaign form. If water-cooler chatter has been more heated than you would like, you may be tempted to put a gag order on political speech. That’s not a smart move.

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A federal jury has returned a unanimous verdict awarding a total of $17,425,000 to five former female employees of Moreno Farms, a Florida produce packing operation, who the EEOC claimed endured regular harassment and eventual rape at the hands of two supervisors.

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Retaliation can be anything that would dissuade a reasonable employee from reporting alleged wrongdoing—such as harassment or discrimination—in the first place. And it doesn’t just apply to direct punishment against an employee. It can even be an employer’s action that targets an employee’s co-workers or associates.

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Federal contractors will have to report all violations of employment laws and federal regulations once a new White House executive order takes effect.

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In many workplaces, promotions partly depend on completing training sessions or otherwise showing efforts to improve and grow. But some employees won’t make the effort. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t sue over missed promotions. That’s why you should be prepared to show which employees took advantage of training opportunities and which employees didn’t.

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Why not hold onto what a skilled worker can give you as long as you can, rather than letting that knowledge walk out the door all at once?

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A federal judge has ruled that a group of Uber drivers in California can proceed with their class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing service. The Sept. 1 decision to certify Uber drivers as a class clears the way for a massive lawsuit that could encompass as many as 160,000 plaintiffs.

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Fewer opportunities to work overtime, less workplace flexibility for employers and employees alike: That’s the likely result of the Department of Labor’s proposed rule to more than double the salary threshold that makes white-collar managers eligible for overtime pay, according to comments submitted to the DOL by the Society for Human Resource Management and WorldatWork, two prominent HR organizations.

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President Obama picked Labor Day to announce an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees, including 300,000 workers who currently have no paid leave.

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The U.S. Senate returned from its annual summer recess on Sept. 8 to face a legislative calendar dominated by debate about the nuclear arms treaty with Iran and passing a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. That has pushed a robust employment law agenda onto the back burner.

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