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The HR Specialist

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed an 11% smaller budget for the Department of Labor next year.

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Most “English-only” policies violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. They are not strictly unlawful, but courts and the EEOC have regularly ruled that employers must be able to demonstrate a legitimate business reason for having such a policy.

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The percentage of employers planning to add full-time, part-time and temporary or contract workers by the end of the year is rising.

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The late 1970s marked the heyday of summer youth employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the lazy days of summer have gotten even lazier since then.

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A “request for information” issued June 27 by the U.S. Department of Labor marks the first step in what could be many more months of wrangling over how much white-collar workers must earn before they’re no longer eligible for overtime pay.

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The worst part of going on vacation is all the work that happens before and after. Here’s good advice to pass on to your organization’s employees—simple tips to make sure the crush of work doesn’t snuff out the post-vacation glow.

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If you haven’t thought much about that stalwart of HR paperwork—the Employment Eligibility Verification, or I-9 form—this is the summer to scrutinize your compliance. That’s because the Trump administration has just released a new version of the I-9 that you’ll need to begin using by Sept. 18.

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Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is making good on a promise he made during confirmation hearings earlier this year: The U.S. Department of Labor is bringing back opinion letters explaining how it interprets the laws it enforces, most notably the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the EEOC, which administers the law, is going all out with a series of public events and stepped-up enforcement.

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Defined contribution plans rule the employer-sponsored retirement realm. But surprise! A quarter of employers still offer pensions.

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