The HR Specialist: Employment Law

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

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Does your organization set restrictions on when and where off-duty employees can access your workplace? If so, you should review a new NLRB ruling that narrows the circumstances under which you can keep off-duty workers off your premises.

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If you interview employees during the course of misconduct investigations, make sure to take accurate notes. Then, before concluding the interview, have the employee read and sign the notes, attesting that they accurately reflect what was said.

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In a continuation of its recent anti-employer rulings, the National Labor Relations Board is now focusing on a staple of employee handbooks—at-will employment clauses that notify employees they can be terminated at any time for any lawful reason.

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In an effort to track employment of minorities and females in the workforce, the EEOC requires certain employers to complete and file an Employer Information (EEO-1) Report by Sept. 30 of each year.

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