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Affordable Care Act: Your Delays and Deadlines Update

September 18, 2013
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Here’s a quick look at the delays and impending deadlines affecting employers.
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Your Company’s Personnel Files Are Not Your Employees’ Personal Property

September 17, 2013
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It is critical that you have a policy establishing rights and expectations in relation to personnel files.
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Legal Briefing: Employers Must Retain Electronic Records

September 16, 2013
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Employers should create a data-retention policy that describes generally how it will retain such data, and limit when such records can be deleted.
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Legal Briefing: Same-Sex Spouse Entitled to Survivor Benefits

September 16, 2013
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Employers might be required to recognize same-sex partners as spouses for purposes of providing benefits under the company’s benefit plans.
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Bathroom Breaks Do Not Equal Breaks in Pay

September 12, 2013
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Treating your employees like tagged wildlife — tracking and recording their every move within the workplace — will create an work environment of distrust and apathy. Instead, you should treat all employees like professionals, and address performance-based issues as they arise.
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When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go: The Right to Workplace Bathroom Breaks

September 11, 2013
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Employers shouldn’t be the potty police. When an employee has to go, an employee has to go. Unless an employee seems to abusing bathroom rights, let employees be.
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Protecting the Caregiver

September 11, 2013
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An overview of resources to address caregiver discrimination.
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Contingent Workforce Can Create a Compliance Conundrum

September 6, 2013
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Temporary workers can misunderstand that the employee’s actual boss is the staffing agency. Employers also may think they can avoid anti-discrimination laws by using indirect hiring, but they may still face legal exposure.
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Legal Briefing: Proof Needed to Demonstrate Unlawful Retaliation

August 21, 2013
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The Supreme Court has increased the causation threshold for Title VII cases, which provides greater protections for potential defendants of such actions and takes away a legal path from potential plaintiffs.
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Legal Briefing: Supreme Court Ruling Limits Harassment Claims

August 21, 2013
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Employers must have complaint procedures and an effective process to investigate and resolve harassment allegations.
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