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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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2013 Game Changer: Vanessa Graf

August 11, 2013
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Human resources specialist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, Washington, D.C.
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SUB-Pay Plans Could Ease Employer Severance Costs

August 8, 2013
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The plan is a tax-exempt trust account set up by employers to offset state unemployment insurance.
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The One Thing You Can Never Release In a Settlement Agreement

July 16, 2013
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Do not make the mistake of including in your agreement a covenant forbidding the employee from filing a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other agency. The EEOC will view such a provision as retaliatory under Title VII.
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What Are Some Best Practices for Rewriting Job Descriptions?

July 10, 2013
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We are in the process of rewriting job descriptions. What are some effective ways to do this without causing undue alarm? Are there a specific set of steps that companies should follow when tackling this project? And are there any good evaluation tools to assess how effective/complete our descriptions are? —New Definitions, OD administrator, health care, Scottsdale, Arizona
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How Do We Assess the Impact of New Training Methods?

July 10, 2013
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I have been asked to assess the impact of new training, including learning content, rating instructors and evaluating program participants. How soon should I expect seeing results before I start my analysis? —Hurry Up and Wait, training evaluation specialist, nonprofit, Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Is Your Company Looking at the Wrong Info to Screen Candidates Using Social Media?

July 9, 2013
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There might be some science behind how employers are using social media posts to screen applicants and hire employees.
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Why Paula Deen Loves Gay Marriage

July 8, 2013
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In her race discrimination lawsuit, Deen cites 'Hollingsworth v. Perry,' the recent U.S. Supreme Court case that dismissed, on the basis of a lack of standing, the challenge to the illegality of California's gay marriage ban.
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A Reminder About Holiday Pay

July 3, 2013
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Tomorrow's July 4th holiday is a paid day off for many American workers. Last year, I wrote a post titled, '8 Things You Need to Know About Holiday Pay.' In light of tomorrow's holiday, I thought it was a good idea to revisit that list.
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The FMLA, the ADA and No-Fault Attendance Policies

July 2, 2013
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Employers have a lot to gain from no-fault attendance policies. In deciding whether to adopt or continue a no-fault attendance policy, however, employers must carefully balance those benefits against the risk of FMLA or ADA violations.
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