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Recordkeeping: What you must keep – and for how long

The trouble with recordkeeping at a lot of companies: You don’t know how complete your records are until you get involved in litigation or an audit. But by then, it’s often too late to fill in [...]

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The latest thing you can’t ask employees to do: New ruling

Yet another common employer policy has come under fire from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). It doesn’t matter if your workforce is unionized or not — if you’ve got this policy, it [...]

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FMLA abuse: A lesson in standing up to it

Handling intermittent FMLA leave can be intimidating. Here’s a case that shows it pays to act decisively when you suspect the employee-centric regs are being abused.   The story revolves around [...]

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The next costly HR headache: Workers’ comp to double

It never ends. You’re already trying to comply with Obamacare. Then, you’ll have to deal with the DOL’s new overtime exemption rule changes. What’s next?  A wave of workers’ compensation claims, [...]

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Whopping $17M verdict in ugly sexual harassment lawsuit

The is likely one of the worst harassment lawsuits you’ll hear about this year. And it’s going to cost the employer in question a lot of money.  A federal jury just awarded $17.4 million in [...]

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People are strange: 14 incredible things employees were caught doing on the clock

One of the great things about writing about HR is the unbelievable range of stupid stuff that human beings do during work time. Here’s a small sampling.   If you’re thinking, “Oh, I bet this is [...]

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‘You can’t fire me, I’m on FMLA’: Was mistake-prone worker correct?

As you know, taking FMLA leave can’t completely shield an employee from termination, especially when the person’s performance warrants him or her being fired. But the FMLA very much complicates [...]

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And the Employer Policy Hall of Shame’s newest inductee is …

Did this organization really think it could get away with this policy, which should immediately be enshrined in the Employer Policy Hall of Shame?  United Bible Fellowship Ministries Inc., a [...]

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Can you fire medical marijuana users? A definitive answer, finally

It’s about time. Employers have finally been given pretty definitive guidance on how they can enforce their workplace drug policies in the wake of marijuana-friendly changes to state laws. The [...]

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Chronic tardiness covered under the ADA? Hey, it could happen

You know that one irritating guy who’s late for everything? He could be asking for an ADA accommodation soon.   According to a story from London’s Daily Mail, a man who has been late for [...]

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