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Coronavirus

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Coronavirus – Jaws or Y2K*? For you the employer, for you the HR Director, for you the person in charge of paid leave and benefits and.....continue

Ten steps for employers to consider during the coronavirus outbreak

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What Should I Do?  Ten Steps for Employers To Consider During the Coronavirus Outbreak Employers are asking what measures should be implemented in response to.....continue

OH: What your workplace can do right now to prepare for COVID-19

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What Your Workplace Can Do Right Now to Prepare for COVID-19 As the Ohio Department of Health begins testing for coronavirus, employers.....continue

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Dr. Love(less) he don't need no office life

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Dr. Loveless answers your workplace romance questions! Back for 2020! NOTE FROM ROBIN: For the past two years, Employment & Labor Insider has been honored to feature.....continue

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The impact of Super Bowl(ing) Part Deux

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The Super Bowl Shouldn’t Be A Super Headache For Employers Now that we know that the Kansas City Chiefs will be playing the San Francisco.....continue

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You can be the boss (of some confidentiality and email)

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The NLRB Provides Two More Gifts – Employers May Restrict Nonbusiness Use of E-Mail, Require Confidentiality During Investigations The National Labor Relations Board issued on.....continue

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OR Required break for a meal. Period.

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Oregon Upholds Meal-Break Compliance On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the Oregon Court of Appeals released its decision in Maza v. Waterford Operations, LLC, 300 Or App.....continue

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If you got your social media policy from Walmart, beware

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Wait! What Does the NLRB Think About Social Media Policies?!!! As those of you who pay attention to the National Labor Relations Board know (which.....continue

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Politics in the workplace is like Malört in ice cream

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Politics and the workplace don't mix. Here's how to keep it under control. A very large national employer (you've probably heard of it -- the.....continue

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IL Tidal wave (or tsunami) of new laws for Illinois employers

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The Clock Is Ticking On Changes Required Now That The Governor Has Signed SB 75, Which Includes The Workplace Transparency Act  On Friday, August 9,.....continue

No-match letters from the SSA - read and understand, then react

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An Employer’s 7-Step Guide To Navigating Newly Revived No-Match Letters The Social Security Administration recently resurrected its practice of issuing Employer Correction Request notices –.....continue

Carnac the Magnificent says – Politicussin

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This blog was written by Aaron Warshaw at Ogletree Deakins, which authors our Model Policies and Forms for Tennessee Employers, Massachusetts Human Resources Manual, Colorado.....continue

Biometrics in the Workplace

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Biometric Compliance for Employers With many employers embracing new technology to achieve efficiencies in the workplace, companies using increasingly popular biometric programs must take.....continue

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Controlling the political speech of buttons*

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This blog was written by Danielle Krauthamer and Setareh Ebrahimian at Fisher Phillips, which authors our South Carolina Human Resources.....continue

Cursing, surfing, weapons, gadgets – illegal, inappropriate or OK?

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It happens in almost every workplace almost every day: somebody swears or is on an iffy website or is carrying a knife (or worse) or.....continue

Election leave – employer's civic duty, migraine, or just wishful thinking (election, leave!)

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This blog was written by Deidra Nguyen at Littler Mendelson, which authors our Model Policies and Forms for Maine Employers. You can find the original.....continue

Costumes, booze and the Great Pumpkin – beware the office Halloween party

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This blog was written by Adam Gutmann at Cozen O'Connor, which authors our Minnesota Human Resources Manual, New York Human Resources Manual, and Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual. You.....continue

Disability/pregnancy practices – what not to practice

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This blog was written by Robin Shea at Constangy, which authors our Model Policies and Forms for Georgia Employers and our New Jersey Human.....continue

IL – Required expense reimbursement for your employees, not Bill Self

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llinois Employers Should Review Expense Reimbursement Policies Peter Gillespie Effective January 1, 2019, Illinois will statutorily require employers to reimburse employees for work-related expenses. .....continue

Public disclosure of confidential information is easier than you think

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This blog was written by Tina Syring at Cozen O'Connor, which authors our Minnesota Human Resources Manual, New York Human Resources Manual, and Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual. You.....continue

If religious accommodation and a flu shot both equal angst, is that the transitive or substitution property?

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This blog was written by David Broderick at Littler Mendelson, which authors our Model Policies and Forms for Maine Employers. Dear Littler: Do We Have to Accommodate A Religious.....continue

Workplace shootings – 20 can-dos to prevent them

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This blog was written by Debra Friedman, contributor to our New York Human Resources Manual, at Cozen O'Connor, which also authors our.....continue

No call/no show shows. No what about it.

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No call. No show. Assume they quit. Find a replacement. Move on. Then who shows up but Ms. Nocall Noshow. Now what? Depends on what.....continue

If it's called a dress code, can I wear pants?

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This blog was written by Natasha Sarah-Lorraine Banks at Fisher Phillips, which authors several of our resources.  When Strict Dress Codes Went Out Of Style: The Modernization.....continue

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TN: Conceal and carry means post to prohibit or permit

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This blog was written by William S. Rutchow at Ogletree Deakins, author of our Model Policies and Forms for Tennessee Employers. Ogletree also authors.....continue

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Four-legged office mates and the pawternity policies they benefit

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This blog was written by Danielle Krauthamer at Fisher Phillips, which authors several of our resources. You can find the original post and.....continue

School-related parental leave does not mean you forge a note from your kid

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This blog was written by Jason Plowman at Polsinelli. Polsinelli authors hrsimple resources in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. You can find the ..continue

Background checks of the future are continuous

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This blog was written by Spencer Waldron at Fisher Phillips, which authors several of our resources. You can find the original post.....continue

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Treating service animal requests (always treat the animal)

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Service animal pop quiz (yes/no): The ADA permits assistance dogs to be with their person where members of the public can go (yes) The.....continue

Prepare for saying "No" – you need to decide how to refuse service

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This blog was written by Seth Ford and Matt Anderson at Troutman Sanders, author of the Georgia Human Resources Manual. You can find the original.....continue

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List 10 up: What's the deal with employee handbook rules?

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PODCAST Spend 20 minutes with Ruthie Goodboe from our author Ogletree Deakins as she discusses employer work rules and employee handbook policies and practices in the podcast ..continue

No, you can't sleep on the job

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This blog was written by Shelby Skeabeck, formerly of Shawe Rosenthal, author of our Maryland Human Resources Manual. You can find the original blog post here and.....continue

Should you give your employees a little Slack – or do they have enough already?

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Are Your Employees “Slackers”? How Employers Should Handle Slack—The Increasingly Popular Instant Messaging Application Launched in 2014, Slack is the fastest growing business.....continue

Zero tolerance for "zero tolerance" policies

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Zero tolerance for "zero tolerance" policies "Zero tolerance" is too blunt an instrument, and it may even increase bad behavior. Chai Feldblum, a Democratic.....continue

PTO on the house!

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Traditionally, most companies have offered a paid leave package to employees that differentiates between vacation, personal and sick days. However, combining all categories into a.....continue

New rules for work rules

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This blog was written by Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal, author of our Maryland Human Resources Manual. You can find the original blog post here and their.....continue

Guidelines for a valid no-solicitation/no-distribution policy

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Guidelines for a Valid No-Solicitation/No-Distribution Policy Many employers would like to ensure that employees focus on their work during their working time – after all,.....continue

Personal hygiene in the workplace

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When you took your job in HR, you knew that you would have to face some uncomfortable situations: terminations, poor performance reviews, disciplinary actions, but.....continue

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Remote workers and the remote control

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Remote workers and telecommuting Millions of employees work during normal business hours from a home office with the support of computers, Internet, faxes, telephones,.....continue

Conducting internal I-9 audits

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This blog is an excerpt from our book Employment Verification – An Employer’s Guide to Immigration, Form I-9 and E-Verify by David.....continue

Attendance policies

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Needless to say, a company can’t operate (let alone succeed) if the employees aren’t showing up to work. But how do you ensure that your.....continue

Nepotism: favoring relatives and friends in the workplace

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It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work for the same employer.  However, such situations can be troublesome if the family.....continue

The Form I-9 has changed… Again!

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Immigration enforcement is a major priority for the Trump Administration. Work site enforcement and I-9 audits and inquiries by ICE have been increasing and they will.....continue

Arizona sick day policy

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Arizona sick day policy Julie A. Pace, The Cavanagh Law Firm This blog comes directly from the Arizona Human Resources Manual. If you are an.....continue

Vacation policies and time off

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Not all employers provide employees with vacation time, but for those who do it is wise to have a clear, well-enforced policy in place to.....continue

Employee handbooks – getting a handle on your policies

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While there may be no state or federal law requiring an employer to have a handbook, there are a number or reasons why they are.....continue

Employment Law Compliance and Risk Mitigation: Hindsight is 2020

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The bad news is that 2019 was, once again, one of the more chaotic years in recent memory when it comes to new legal developments.....continue

HR for Safety Professionals: What Every Safety Professional Must Know about Employment Law and HR

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Effective safety management is intertwined with “HR” issues. The safety professional works with HR on job descriptions, employee safety orientation and training, supervisor development, safety-related.....continue

NY Legalized Cannabis - The Impact on Employers

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Legalized recreational marijuana in New York State will have a significant impact on employers, their drug-free workplace policies and their drug testing practices.  We’ll discuss.....continue

GA Key employment documents to reduce company legal risks

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Join attorney Barton Black of Patel Burkhalter Law Group, as he will go over the fundamentals of drafting numerous employment documents that can reduce your company’s.....continue

Labor and Employment Update After the Midterms - Looking Ahead to 2019

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About the Program The Trump administration has pushed a number of initiatives changing a variety of labor and employment policies from the Obama administration. A.....continue

Employer Handbooks – How Do You Decide What to Put in Them?

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An hrsimple webinar presented by Ann Kendell of the BrownWinick Law Firm, author of the Iowa Human Resources Manual. This webinar will be worth 1.....continue

The Transitioning Legal Landscape of Transgender Workplace Rights: What Employers Need to Know

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Presented by: Parker Thoeni and Shelby Skeabeck of Shawe Rosenthal ---- Transgender issues are not just a hot topic in the popular media; in the.....continue