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Firestorm over Google memo putting ‘diversity of thought’ in spotlight

Diversity Insight - 14 hours 37 min ago
What was meant to be an internal memo written by a male engineer at Google hit the internet in a big way in early August, igniting controversy that led to the employee’s firing and much discussion about the effectiveness of corporate diversity efforts.  The now-infamous memo raises questions on many fronts. Among them: Does it make the company...
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Violent culture, violent workplaces

Diversity Insight - 14 hours 40 min ago
Mark I. Schickman The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported an increase in work-related gun violence for each of the past 10 years. There were 417 workplace homicides in America in 2015; guns were used in 354 of them. In 2017, the epidemic continues. The workplace reflects the nation: More than 100 people were shot in Chicago...
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Program allows employers to support servicemembers

Diversity Insight - 14 hours 41 min ago
by Jennifer S. Frank and Danielle M. Kerr This article focuses on the National Guard’s Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Program (ESGRP), explaining how employers can support the employment of National Guard and reserve members and how they can manage laws governing the employment of military personnel. National Guard and...
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Americans first: Preference for foreign workers can run afoul of federal laws

Diversity Insight - 14 hours 42 min ago
by Jacob M. Monty Making good on promises from earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun cracking down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. The DOJ recently announced a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor, LLC, a New Mexico onion farm. Following...
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Diversity and inclusion director gets a little inclusion

Diversity Insight - 14 hours 43 min ago
by Michelle Lee Flores The California Court of Appeal threw a solitary bone to Toyota’s director of diversity and inclusion when it reversed a trial court’s dismissal of his sexual orientation discrimination claim. The court of appeal held that the former employee had provided sufficient evidence that a senior manager’s perception...
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Exempt employee on reduced schedule

On the Forum - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:19
We have a pregnant employee who is exempt and now is on a reduced schedule. She can only work 6 hours a day and this can change week to week per her doctor. Can we only pay her 30 hours week or do we have to pay her 40? If we have to pay her 40 can we tell her she has to use her vacation time? Thanks
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Writing effective workplace investigation reports

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:00
by Karen McAndrew When a lawsuit alleging discrimination, harassment, or retaliation arrives at your door, will you be prepared to defend it?  Why documentation is important We all hope, of course, that our workplace culture prevents employees from experiencing unlawful harassment, discrimination, or retaliation; that we have good, solid...
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Does your company do business with the EU? Familiarize yourself with the GDPR

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:05
by Shawn A. Morgan Does your company do business in the European Union (EU)? More specifically, does your company offer goods and services to the EU’s member countries, or does it collect or monitor the personal data of EU-based citizens? If so, you may become subject to sweeping new EU data protection laws, and you have less than a year...
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CBO: $194 billion deficit increase if key ACA subsidies end in 2017

Human Resources News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:30
by Jennifer Carson The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to offer plans with reduced deductibles, copayments, and other means of cost-sharing to certain people, depending on their income, who purchase plans through the ACA marketplaces. In turn, insurers receive federal payments arranged by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to...

Alt-right protests: Protected off-duty activity or cause for termination?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:00
It’s an employer’s nightmare. An employee shows up in a video making the rounds on social media taking part in a protest that includes violent clashes and racist insults. The employer wants no association with such actions and decides to cut ties. Will there be legal trouble if the employee is fired? Possibly, according to attorneys...
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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen—best practices from Top Chef

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:25
“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality Padma Lakshmi back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts. This “episode” is now at the center of a lawsuit brought by the federal government against four […]
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Missouri right-to-work law set to take effect

Human Resources News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:19
by Bob Kaiser, Daniel O’Toole, and Jeremy Brenner Missouri’s right-to-work law will take effect on August 28. The law was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Eric Greitens in February. Here are some key provisions of the law: No employee may be required to become or remain a member of a union as a condition of employment. No...

Miscimarra announcement called ‘great loss’ but ‘no reason to panic’

Human Resources News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:12
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chair Philip Miscimarra’s reported decision to leave the Board when his term expires on December 16 rather than allow himself to be considered for another term has probusiness Board watchers looking ahead and lamenting the loss of his contributions to NLRB decisions. Kevin C. McCormick, an editor of Maryland...

Solar eclipse presents opportunities for fun at work, but be careful

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:00
Much of the country will go dark in the middle of the day on August 21 during the solar eclipse, but employers shouldn’t be in the dark about the opportunities – and a few risks – the event presents. Although all of the United States will experience at least a partial eclipse, not all will be in the path of totality. But that path includes a...
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Are you at risk of a data breach lawsuit?

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:07
by Stefanie M. Renaud With data security concerns at an all-time high after the global “WannaCry” ransomware hack in May 2017, you may be wondering if you need to do more to protect your employees’ and customers’ personal information. In Massachusetts, data security breaches can trigger extensive reporting requirements...
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Assistance request for HR in MN, IN or IA

On the Forum - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:33
Hello - we are updating our handbook and policy manual and do business in four states. Our local Management Association which we are member of provided us with an Illinois state addendum however will charge for legal to research state specific laws in the other three states. I am not looking for compensation specific laws but other policies that...
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DOL issues directive on visa program fraud and abuse

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 06:00
by Elaine C. Young We recently fielded a call from a client’s in-house employment counsel, who noted that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seems to be rolling back employee protections, making her job a little easier. But then she observed that isn’t the case with immigration. The DOL is scaling back protections, except with...
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Courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island permit medical marijuana users to pursue disability discrimination claims

Employer Law Report - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:05
By Rachel Burke Recent decisions from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and a Rhode Island Superior Court have held that a discharged employee and a rejected applicant, both of whom tested positive for marijuana, may pursue disability discrimination claims under state law. These are among the first decisions issued that address whether...
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Tip-sharing law set to take effect in New Hampshire

Human Resources News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:31
by Jim Reidy A New Hampshire law set to take effect September 3 makes clear that employees who receive tips may pool their tips and share them with coworkers who don’t receive tips. For example, restaurant servers will be free to share tips with hosts and hostesses. Even though Senate Bill 37, which was signed by Governor Chris Sununu on July 5,...

UAW’s effort to unionize Mississippi Nissan workers fails

Human Resources News - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:35
by Martin J. Regimbal Workers at the Nissan auto plant in Canton, Mississippi, rejected a unionization effort by the United Auto Workers (UAW) on August 3-4, leaving intact the union’s record of unsuccessful organizing attempts at foreign-owned auto plants in the South. The UAW has never fully organized a foreign-owned auto plant in the South,...
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