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The HR Specialist: Employment Law

It’s more important than ever to remind supervisors that it’s unlawful to try to “get even” with people (staff or applicants) because they com­­plain about discrimination, either in house or to a government agency. While employee complaints to the EEOC about every type of discrimination declined from 2012 to 2013, only one rose: retaliation.

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When a woman sued her employer for sex bias, her lawyer asked the company to produce text messages sent between bosses discussing her salary. A court ruled they must be turned over.

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Supervisors and HR walk a legal tightrope when discussing retirement plans with aging workers. If it appears you’re pushing an employee out the door based on his age, you’ll be setting yourself up for an age discrimination lawsuit.

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Several million-dollar verdicts against employers last year—coupled with more states enacting bans on phone usage while driving—should convince HR that it needs an anti-distracted driving policy.

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You may not like the idea of em­­ployees grousing to each other in the breakroom about their knucklehead managers or the new health care plan. But don’t try to silence such behavior with a broad no-gossip policy. As this new case shows, you could run afoul of the NLRA.

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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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A new proposed OSHA rule would require employers with 250 or more workers to submit their injury reports electronically for the first time. Plus, these reports would be posted online and made public.

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Thanks to several high-profile news stories lately, your employees are becoming more aware of the pervasiveness of workplace bullying—plus the potential legal options that bullied workers can take. What does this mean for HR?

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