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Employment Law

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Are you reporting your newly hired or rehired employees to the state? Federal and state laws mandate that all employers report certain identifying information about newly hired and rehired employees to ...
If your organization pared back during the economic slide, you may be joining other employers that are rebuilding their staffing levels.
More employers expect to pick up the hiring pace ...
Issue: Courts are seeing a spike in discrimination claims involving people of the same race.
Risk: Some supervisors wrongly ignore same-race complaints, believing, for example, that "blacks can't discriminate against ...

The federal government published final rules in April redefining which employees are eligible for overtime pay (see our May 17 issue). Research Recommendations hosted a telephone conference that answered questions on the new rules. Following are excerpts from the audioconference.

You may have read that legislation sailed through the House last month that would give employers more time to challenge OSHA citations and allow small businesses to recoup legal fees when they defeat an OSHA lawsuit.

Issue: Should you set a probation period for new employees? Risk: It can jeopardize your employment-at-will rights by implying that once the period ends, employees become "permanent." Action: Dump ...
Issue: Noncompete agreements are more easily signed than enforced. Risk: One sure way to crush your noncompete's legality is to include overly restrictive time and geographical limits. Action: Make ...
If your employee handbook or job-offer letters say new hires will face a 60- or 90-day probation period, you should consider dropping that policy or, at the very least, referring to ...
If you ask employees to sign an agreement not to compete with your organization for a certain length of time after they leave, the agreement isn't binding unless you offer the ...
If your organization offers health insurance to retired employees, an important new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling says you can reduce or eliminate those benefits after the ex-employee becomes eligible ...