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The HR Specialist: Employment Law

Do your employees understand exactly when they’re allowed to work overtime? Lax overtime rules are wasting billions of dollars at U.S. organizations and triggering more FLSA lawsuits than ever before. Here are four ways to stop unauthorized OT.

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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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An increasing number of employers are using small electronic sensors placed under desks that tell when employees are present.

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As part of President Trump’s “extreme vetting” directives, potential legal immigrant workers will now be required to undergo in-person interviews with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Only about 12% of all race discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC last year were by white employees who claim they were treated less favorably than minority co-workers. But the shifting political climate may lead to an increase in such “reverse discrimination” cases.

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You don’t need to pay nonexempt employees for their commuting time to and from the workplace. That’s simple. But what if such employees occasionally travel off-site (or even overnight) for work reasons?

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When Kenneth, who is black, complained that his co-workers used a white hood to harass and intimidate him, management told him the incident was meant as a joke.

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Employers in three states—Connecticut, Illinois and Rhode Island—must comply with what may be the nation’s most unique employment-related laws. Each of those states has a “Homeless Bill of Rights” that bans employment discrimination against homeless people.

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Two cashiers at a Forever 21 retail store in California were allegedly forbidden to speak Spanish at work and then threatened with termination for filing a discrimination complaint.

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A woman who was offered an insurance job asked about maternity benefits because she was pregnant. Minutes later, she received an email revoking the offer.

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By now, managers and HR reps probably know to avoid writing anything on applications or résumés that could be interpreted as discriminatory based on race, sex, religion, age or disability. It’s also unwise to attach sticky notes that imply bias.

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Florida says fraud is one reason workers’ comp premiums for businesses rose by 14.5% last year.

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State/local law changes caused a full 85% of employers to update their policies or handbooks in 2016 and 54% to provide additional employee training.

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A survey by the Littler law firm asked 1,200 U.S. executives which Obama-era law or regulation would they most like to see repealed or revised.

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Saying that strict OSHA safety regulations make it “impossible to build anything,” President Trump has already begun rolling back workplace safety rules.

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A Papa John’s pizza franchise with 31 locations in Florida was ordered to pay $140,000 as part of a U.S. Justice Department investigation.

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A Florida trucking company refused to hire a military veteran who used a service dog, citing its “no pets” policy.

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If employees are totally blindsided by poor reviews or terminations, they are much more likely to file lawsuits. But if workers receive coaching and progressive discipline, they’ll see the bad news coming a mile away, and they’ll have little reason or motivation to play the legal card. Follow this seven-step method whenever giving negative feedback:

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