legal issues

How to Tell Workers They Won’t Be Getting Overtime

This spring, an estimated four million Americans became eligible for overtime pay, with a new overtime rule doubling the salary threshold to automatic time-and-a-half compensation from $23,660 to $47,476. Yet this rule is now in jeopardy, thanks to a federal…

EEOC to Ratchet Up Scrutiny of Gig Economy Employers

This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP builds on a prior plan issued in December 2012, which…

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Sending the Wrong (Maybe Illegal) Message?

On average, organizations gave mothers 41 paid days of maternity leave, compared with 22 paid days of paternity leave for fathers. That statistic comes from 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace, a survey recently conducted by the Society for Human Resource…

4 Reasons Why International Labor Standards Are Important For All HR Leaders

Human resources professionals must understand an increasingly large body of laws – federal, state and local. Some also must understand the law in various foreign jurisdictions. But what about international law – should HR professionals understand international law too? Yes….

What Do You Do About “Out Sick” Workers Working From Home?

Technological advancements have greatly increased connectivity for people in different locations, which makes it much easier for employees to carry out their usual job functions from the comfort of their own homes. Although telecommuting has grown in popularity, many employers…

What Does the ADA Require For a Mental Health Episode At Work?

My skin crawls thinking about the Google search terms that will land some HR professionals on this post, which involves a failed suicide attempt. Hopefully, this is not a practice tip upon which you’ll need to draw in the course of…