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SHRM Credentials Cause Confusion

August 4, 2014
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Although they are legally separate organizations with different governing boards, SHRM and the HR Certification Institute have been closely intertwined since the 1970s.


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Circuit Court Invalidates Individual Waivers of FLSA Collective Action Participation

August 1, 2014
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For now, at least in the 6th Circuit, it appears that individuals waivers of the right to join wage-and-hour collective actions are dead.
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Customer Preference and Race Discrimination: When the Customer Isn’t Right

July 24, 2014
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The customer can never choose the race of the person working for you. The customer might be right about a lot things, but discrimination is not one of them.
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Executive Order Bans LGBT Discrimination by the Federal Contractors and Government

July 22, 2014
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It’s incomprehensible and unjustifiable for an employer to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance, Q&A, and Fact Sheet on Pregnancy Discrimination

July 15, 2014
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All three documents are required reading for any employers with female employees of child-bearing age.
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Should You Block Social Media at Work?

July 14, 2014
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The answer to this question is a resounding no. If an employee wants to check Facebook at work, or post a Tweet, or show off that fancy filtered sunset on Instagram, they will simply take their iPhone out of their pocket and post away.
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Retaliation or Awkward Timing?

July 11, 2014
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If you are going to terminate an employee on the heels of protected activity, you best have all of your ducks in a row.
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What the ADA Says About Employee Medical Information and Social Media

July 8, 2014
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Employees need to be very careful when discussing a co-worker’s health on social media. And, employers need to train their employees about the ADA’s confidentiality rules and the extension of these rules to the 24/7 world of social media.
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EEOC Transforms a $1.39 Bag of Chips Into a $180,000 Settlement

July 7, 2014
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When the accommodation is so trivial (a $1.39 bag of chips), employers should strongly consider making the accommodation for an employee’s medical situation regardless of the scenario.
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Soliciting Is One Tough Cookie

July 2, 2014
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Keep a close eye on the NLRB for actions that will severely hamper your efforts to limit solicitations in your workplace.
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