HRsimple spotlight - Fiona Ong

October 24th, 2018 hrsimple

Fiona Ong is the author of the Maryland Human Resources manual, which can be purchased as a hard copy or online at She’s a wonderful writer and a great person to work with, so Fiona is our very first author in the HRsimple Spotlight! The HRsimple Spotlight is a new series we are beginning to introduce our readers to the authors, editors, attorneys and all of the other brains behind your beloved HR resource.  We hope you enjoy learning about Fiona, and all of those to come!

Permissible post-accident drug testing

June 12th, 2018 Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. at Fisher Phillips

The impact of OSHA’s recordkeeping revisions on permissible post-accident drug testing.


Paid family leave: a growing trend

June 12th, 2018 hrsimple

Legally mandated family leave policies have a relatively short history in the United States, and a requirement that the leave be paid is even shorter. In 1993, Congress enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) after finding that employees were having to choose between working and taking care of their family members. The purpose and goal of the FMLA is to assist employees in balancing work demands and family needs by providing eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave under certain circumstances and to promote equal employment opportunities by granting leaves on a gender-neutral basis. 

Though United States lags behind most of the world on paid family leave laws, these types of laws are quickly gaining ground. Much like the recent rise of paid sick leave and “ban-the-box” laws, this movement has begun on the city and state level. Here is a breakdown of some current state-mandated paid family leave laws:

Politics in the workplace: how to remain legally compliant during election season

June 12th, 2018 hrsimple

With the election approaching, and presidential campaigns underway, the water cooler discussions have already started. While it is natural for employees to discuss current events at the workplace, how far should the political discussions reach? What are an employer’s obligations to keep the office politics free?

Termination Series: Communicating the reason for discharge

June 12th, 2018 hrsimple

Do employers need to provide a reason to a discharged employee? Federal law does not require employers to provide terminated employees with a written explanation for their discharge. However, many states have litigation in place that calls for an employer to provide documentation outlining the reason for termination. This is a called a service letter, and so...