The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled last year that an employer's policy prohibiting off-duty fraternization was lawful. (See PLA, February 6, 2006.) An appeals court recently overturned the Board's decision, sending a clear message that broad bans on employee relationships may cause legal trouble for employers.
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The IRS has announced it will renew its approval process for companies wanting to switch from traditional pension plans to cash-balance plans.
The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has declared that it is "dramatically enhancing its enforcement efforts against employers that knowingly employ illegal aliens." They aren't kidding.
HR Law 101: In 1998, the Supreme Court issued its first ruling on an AIDS-related issue and its first major interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The justices made it clear that all persons who are HIV-positive, even though they may show no overt symptoms of the disease, are also protected under the ADA ...
HR Law 101: The ADA prohibits employers from asking job applicants questions that may reveal a disability. You should ask only about the person's ability to perform a job's essential functions ...