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The U.S. Department of Labor just announced its much-anticipated final changes to federal overtime rules, which willl bring big changes to the way employers pay, classify and manage their employees. Here is a compliance Q&A on those changes:

The feds just published an updated version of the mandatory FMLA poster. But employers shouldn't rush to tack it onto their "Here's How to Sue Us" wall of posters in the breakroom. Here's why ...

One of the unintended consequences of the big changes coming to federal overtime law this summer is likely to be more employees taking on second jobs, according to a new study. But can you (or should you) ban off-the-clock moonlighting? Here are four tips, plus two sample policies ...

Last week, five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team filed an EEOC complaint demanding to be paid the same as members of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Is your organization vulnerable to a similar claim? Take a close look at the U.S. Equal Pay Act ...

 

Nearly 40 of the best employment lawyers in the country gathered at Bellagio in Las Vegas last week to train, educate and even entertain hundreds of HR professionals at our 12th annual Labor and Employment Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium. Here are just a few of the pieces of employment-law wisdom handed down that week ...
Today’s millennial workers are less interested in (and less knowledgeable about) their workplace benefits than older colleagues. And they're drawn to employers that offer flexibility. Want to tailor your benefits plan to attract and retain today's younger worker? Here are the top benefits that millennials list as important ...
Sitting back and hoping the spinning wheel of lawsuits doesn't land on your company is not a good compliance strategy. Like it or not, keeping up with employment law is a big part of your job. How well do you know HR law? To see if you need to take your employment law knowledge up a notch, run through the Soapbox Employment Law Quiz ...

Late January’s Snowzilla storm that slammed the East Coast caused many employers to shut down for a day or more. Hundreds of thousands of employees couldn’t make it to work. We have help if your operations were affected by the storm and you’re wondering how (or whether) you must pay employees whose schedules were snowed under. Here's what the experts say.

Too many employers simply splash content on their company-sponsored Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, blogs and websites. No consequences and no responsibility to keep track of who said what. But courts won't be as casual with employers that fail to properly manage their e-archives. Work with IT to draft policies and procedures on archiving social media content that is sponsored or supported by the company. Here are five tips ....

Today's new payroll numbers show that employers are confident in bringing on that extra employee or two, expecially at this time of year. But too often, part-timers don't get the same HR attention as full-timers. If your organization employes lots of part-timers or seasonal staff, consider these tips ...