The HR Specialist

IRS regulations paved the way for a major new retirement plan opportunity. Beginning next January, participants in employer 401(k) plans will be allowed to funnel all or part of their 401(k) …

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Don’t allow discrimination to continue simply because the “discriminator” and “discriminatee” are among the same racial minority. The EEOC is warning that it’s seeing more discrimination complaints between people of the …

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Issue: Persuading top execs to approve new initiatives that will enhance HR’s stature at your organization.
Risk: Your reputation, your career … your credibility.
Action: Enlist a network of …

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Issue: Whether , and how , to notify unsuccessful job applicants.
Risk: Spending too much effort on rejection notification can tax your resources, but poor notification can reflect badly on …

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Issue: As a new ruling shows, a female’s job must be “virtually identical” to a male’s to support an equal-pay lawsuit.
Benefit: You don’t have to fear paying different wages …

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Issue: The words you leave out of your sexual-harassment policy are as important as those you put in.
Risk: Imprecise, or too precise, wording can paint you into a corner …

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Issue: Who is considered “disabled” under ADA’s definition?
Risk: Employees earn ADA protection if you regard them as disabled, even if their condition doesn’t rise to the law’s definition of …

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Issue: Employees can sue for FMLA retaliation only if they’ve put in the minimum hours to become eligible for FMLA leave.
Benefit: Less risk of first-year employees winning FMLA-retaliation suits. …

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Issue: How far must you go to oblige an employee’s religious practices under federal job-discrimination law?
Benefit: A new ruling says that you don’t need to accommodate religious requests when …

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Issue: Establishing quantifiable criteria for making hiring decisions.
Risk: Applicants have an easier time winning hiring-bias lawsuits if they can point to weaknesses in your stated reasons for hiring.

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