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UPDATE: May 2016 On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules, which effectively double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers are exempt from being paid overtime, raising it from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The new rules become effective December […]
White Paper published by The HR Specialist ______________________ The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) isn’t an open-ended demand that employers do whatever is necessary to accommodate workers with disabilities. The law requires employers to make “reasonable” accommodations to allow a disabled worker to perform the essential functions of his job. The key question: What is […]
You’re probably relying more heavily on internal promotions than in the past. And as internal candidates compete more and more for coveted “inside” jobs, expect a corresponding rise in the number of failure-to-promote lawsuits when expected promotions don’t materialize. These six steps will help keep you out of court.

The IRS has announced it will renew its approval process for companies wanting to switch from traditional pension plans to cash-balance plans.

Bernie Marcus came out swinging when a home-improvement company fired him as CEO.

HR Law 101: The EEOC has taken a proactive approach to enforcing the ADA's protections for disabled workers. In addition to issuing enforcement guidelines, the agency has settled many cases for substantial sums.

Remind supervisors to avoid the temptation of making oral promises that they may not be able to keep, even if that means losing an employee who has another job offer. ...

HR Law 101: Affirmative action programs are usually designed to give a short-term preference to members of a historically disadvantaged group. In theory, these efforts are intended to level the playing field and help overcome the results of past discrimination ...

HR Law 101: Over the years, the Supreme Court has developed a framework for testing whether an employer’s actions are evidence of discrimination or the result of legitimate business practices. The test (often referred to as the McDonald-Douglas burden-shifting test) has three parts that shift the burden of proof of wrongdoing back and forth between the plaintiff and the employer ...

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