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The HR Specialist: Employment Law

After a New York City bar tossed out a patron last year for wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap, he sued claiming discrimination.

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Unions won 1,013 organizing elections in 2017, the first year of the Trump presidency. That’s up from 998 elections in 2016.

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Advice: Draw a clear line between the activity and your organization’s involvement.

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Make clear to your supervisors that it’s unlawful to punish employees because they raise complaints about customer or worker safety.

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An increasing number of employers are giving money and other incentives to workers to encourage them to fund their emergency savings accounts, reduce their debt and attend financial education classes.

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HR people and managers are aware of the legal dangers in hiring outside applicants. But many forget that internal promotions also carry risks.

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It’s a sad fact of life: Increasing numbers of employers have decided they must train workers how to respond to an active shooter assault on the workplace—but with a tactical twist.

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Which phrases statistically attract more female applicants?

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With the rise in GPS technology, employers have unprecedented access to their employees’ whereabouts. However, before an employer begins using GPS to monitor employees, it should consider the related legal ramifications and employee privacy issues.

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The number of workers killed on the job reached 5,190 in 2016, the third straight year of increases and the highest number since 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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A two-year-old law requires the U.S. Department of Labor to adjust the level of employment law fines each year based on inflation.

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When a man applied for a dispatcher job at an Arizona police department, the required background check revealed an arrest warrant.

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If men and women do the same work, you must pay them equally.

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The big tax bill signed into law around Christmas includes a welcome new federal tax credit for employers that offer paid family and medical leave to their employees. But pay attention to the fine print—not every employer can take advantage.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services say they’ll be ramping up workplace immigration and Form I-9 audits in 2018—but take note: Those audits won’t occur via email.

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When transgender employees notify an employer of a name/identity change, HR should treat the situation like any other legal name change, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last month.

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Major tax reform legislation just passed carries important changes for employers, HR and payroll departments.

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Now’s the time for HR to ask: Is your organization vulnerable to a bombshell complaint? What’s the status of your anti-harassment training—are you just going through the motions?

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When HR professionals and execs were asked which accommodation requests from employees are the most difficult to grant, here’s how they replied.

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The American Heart Association estimates there will be 350,000 sudden cardiac arrests this year, but automated external defibrillators could save 50,000 lives.

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