Human Resources

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According to U.S. Department of Labor officials, the final version of the revisions to the white-collar exemption rules will be released in July. Employers will have only 60 days before the final rules take effect.
With new Department of Labor rules on overtime pay for exempt employees coming in July, employers are scrambling to figure out how to minimize the impact.
Public employees have limited First Amendment rights to speak out on matters of public importance. But when that speech is actually part of the employee’s job, it’s not considered “speaking out” in the Constitutional sense. It doesn’t come with job protection.
Employees who are military reservists can be called to active duty for weeks, months or even year-long deployments. But punishing that soldier for the inconvenience can be costly.
Don’t be afraid to ask employees for documentation showing that they qualify for FMLA leave. Unless you are actively harassing the worker about taking leave, asking for certification or more information doesn’t interfere with his FMLA rights.
The Fair Labor Standards Act includes exemptions for certain professions, including one for commercial seaman. Some seafaring workers have recently tried to narrow the exemption by arguing that it only applies to employees who actively navigate vessels.
Letting a discrimination case work through the EEOC or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission before settling generally means big legal costs for employers.
If you are a federal contractor, take note: You may be required to reasonably accommodate disabled independent contractors.
Employers have to reasonably accommodate their employees’ religious beliefs and practices. But what if the worker happens to be an atheist?
You can’t refuse to hire someone just because they previously sued you for disability discrimination. Saying so up-front just about guarantees that you will be sued.
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