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Remind managers and supervisors involved in the hiring process never to use the term “permanent” when discussing a job. Doing so may give employees ammunition should they later claim they are not at-will workers. Best practice: Have employees sign an acknowledgment that their employment is at-will.
In April 2011, the Social Security Administration resumed the practice of sending no-match letters, which notify an employer of a discrepancy between information they reported on an employee’s W-2 form and information in the SSA’s database. The DOJ's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices recently issued the following “do’s and don’ts” regarding no-match letters:
Although the managerial mistakes that have created HR headaches and triggered employee lawsuits are countless, there are just a few common managerial moves at the heart of employers’ legal woes. Take a look at our top 6 list, and the action advice and policy tips you can use to rein in managers and keep your company out of court.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed in the wake of the financial crisis, enacts significant reforms to the financial system. HR professionals need to become familiar with the law’s whistle-blower and anti-retaliation provisions.
Waivers are designed to prevent employees from suing employers. But they must be written correctly and implemented fairly in order to prevent them from becoming the basis of employee lawsuits under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA).
In private-sector workplaces, employees do not have First Amendment rights, as public employees do. But certain laws do provide employees with some protection for certain types of expression at work.
If you’ve been worried that some of your workers may be incorrectly classified as independent contractors, but leery about opening a legal can of worms to fix potential problems, Uncle Sam is offering to cut you a break. Learn about a new program designed to help you get your records in order—and avoid penalties.
Pepsi Bottling Group has agreed to settle an EEOC lawsuit filed on behalf of a truck driver at the company’s Hayward facility who claimed he was fired after requesting time off during a medical emergency.
Q. We are a union shop. We’ve heard the NLRB has new rules about unions. What do they involve and what do they require us to do?
Employers can offer severance payments to older workers they plan to terminate in exchange for a release of age discrimination claims. But the severance agreement must comply with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act in order to stick. To comply with OWBPA, the agreement must be written clearly and simply enough that the employee can understand what he is signing.