The HR Specialist: Employment Law

The federal minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour in 2013, but the minimum wage will rise in at least seven states on Jan. 1.

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A new fact sheet from the EEOC clarifies that Title VII and the ADA “may apply to employment situations involving applicants and employees who experience domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.” You may need to update your anti-bias and anti-harassment training.

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An investment banker in Chicago, unhappy when he discovered a co-worker had been fired, mooned his boss. He was fired and, as a result, lost out on a $2 million payout that would have vested in a couple of months.

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Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, compensation and benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

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The EEOC is increasingly investigating claims of discrimination by visiting employer workplaces, rather than conducting investigations via the phone and mail, according to attorney Neshesba Kittling. The EEOC’s goal: expand investigations of single charges into companywide class actions.

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Some managers still don’t understand why dads need—or are legally entitled to—bonding time with their newborns. Make sure your supervisors understand that it’s unlawful to retaliate against men who take such FMLA leave to care for their children or parents.

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Maintaining staffing during the holidays is already tough, and a new Career­Builder survey says December is the most popular month for employees to take sick days. Seven tips to minimize your holiday scheduling troubles:

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California last month became the third state to enact a law that prohibits employers from asking applicants or employees for their passwords to social media sites. Illinois and Mary­­land had passed similar laws earlier this year.

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When investigating claims of harassment or misconduct, it’s common to ask employees whom you interview to “keep this information confidential.” But a new ruling from the NLRB says that such a blanket confidentiality rule violates employees’ legal rights unless “legitimate and substantial justification exists” for the rule.

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