The HR Specialist: Employment Law

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 }

If you’re sued, how much will you have to pay? If your case has just one plaintiff and no “horrible facts” that would make a jury cringe, expect to pay between $0 and $50,000. If you have lots of plaintiffs and super-horrible facts, expect to pay more than $1 million …

{ 0 comments }

American businesses are also suffering during this flu season—the worst in dec­­ades. The CDC estimates that seasonal flu outbreaks, on average, cost employers $10.4 billion in direct health care costs and billions more in productivity. But it’s not legally wise to require employees to get a flu shot.

{ 0 comments }

Get an agreement in writing with any employees who use social media under the company’s name. It should clarify who owns those accounts and what will happen to the followers if the employees departs.

{ 0 comments }

More employees these days are taking their grumblings about work (and their co-workers) from the office to the virtual watercoolers of Facebook, Twitter and other online outposts. But as a new ruling shows, it’s best to avoid punishing workers for discussing workplace issues online.

{ 0 comments }

The U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman. Depending on how the court rules, married same-sex couples could become entitled to several federal benefits and legal protections.

{ 0 comments }

Voters in Colorado and Washington state recently approved legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and 17 states have already OK’d medical pot. But take note: Employers—even in those states—can still set strict drug-use policies for their employees.

{ 4 comments }

Q. We have a salaried employee who needs to take FMLA leave. Some days off will be full days, so they would be unpaid (unless she has vacation or personal time). But how do we pay for the intermittent days on which she only takes a half day off?  

{ 2 comments }

Page 10 of 252« First...91011203040...Last »