The HR Specialist: Employment Law

OSHA recently issued a public warning, reminding that “em­­ployers must train all employees, including temporary workers, on the hazards specific to that workplace, before they start.”

{ 0 comments }

The immigration reform plan put forth by President Obama last month calls for increased penalties against employers for hiring undocumented workers. Plus, it would mandate employers’ participation in the electronic E-Verify system within five years.

{ 0 comments }

For the third year in a row, retaliation is the No. 1 type of job discrimination claim filed with the EEOC. Employees submitted 37,836 retaliation claims in 2012. That’s only a small increase from 2011, but up more than 100% since 1998.

{ 0 comments }

President Obama began a public push last month for Con­­gress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour. Outlook: The proposal will have a tough time getting out of the House.

{ 0 comments }

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

{ 1 comment }

Many organizations serve ­customers who speak languages other than English, and thus they require em­­­ployees to have specific bilingual skills. If that describes your organization, make sure you can defend the language requirement. As one employer recently learned, that may mean having to disclose other­­wise confidential information in court.

{ 1 comment }

If your severance packages to departing workers include a waiver of future potential lawsuits, that’s a smart strategy. But be aware that small mistakes with severance packages—especially for older workers—can lead to big problems in court.

{ 0 comments }

Starting Feb. 1 each year, many U.S. employers are required to post a summary of the number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in the workplace the previous year. The posting must typically stay up until April 30.

{ 0 comments }

Federal labor law requires HR professionals to do a lot of different things. Writing job descriptions is not one of them. Because this arduous task is optional, many organizations skip right over it. That’s not wise. There are many practical and legal reasons to draft (and up­­date) job descriptions.

{ 0 comments }

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

{ 0 comments }