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The HR Specialist

HR Law 101: A few years ago, the EEOC released guidelines that clarify employers’ responsibilities in applying the ADA to workers with psychiatric disabilities. The law protects persons with mental disabilities, and employers must reasonably accommodate them …

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If work is getting done, it’s probably a Tuesday. By a wide margin, that’s our most productive day of the week, according to an Accountemps poll of HR managers.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their credit histories. Ten states already prohibit the practice, but chances of a nationwide ban appear slim.

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HR Law 101: Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, employers with 20 or more workers can’t engage in personnel practices that discriminate against individuals age 40 and older. Most age discrimination cases grow out of wrongful discharge and mandatory retirement policies, but they can involve any adverse change in working conditions …

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HR Law 101: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) governs the administration of employee benefit plans and the rights of plan beneficiaries. While many tend to associate ERISA only with retirement benefits, the law covers many other areas …

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HR Law 101: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars discrimination based on race, national origin and religion. The law applies to all employers that have at least 15 full- or part-time workers and includes U.S. companies that employ Americans abroad …

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Cartoonist Scott Adams has written a book that skewers traditional business self-improvement manuals as deftly as Catbert the Evil Director of Human Resources regularly rips Dilbert: How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.

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HR Law 101: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governs the administration of employee retirement plans. Pension plans fall into two major categories: qualified and nonqualified plans …

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Motorola is offering full relocation packages for employees affected by a looming office move—all the way from Libertyville, Ill., to new offices 35 miles away in Chicago. It’s one of several large U.S. corporations leaving suburban office parks for new digs downtown, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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HR Law 101: Although Title VII does not specifically protect workers because of their sexual orientation, 21 states and the District of Columbia have laws that do. Similarly, 17 states and the District of Columbia have laws barring private employers from discriminating based on gender identity.

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