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Do Not Force Employees to Work During FMLA Leave

August 13, 2014
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FMLA leave is federally guaranteed for a reason. Don’t mess with that reason by requiring work (albeit paid and at home) in lieu of bona fide leave of absence.
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Do the Math: The ACA Means Correct Counting

August 8, 2014
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Employers who have not accurately counted the number and type of employees within their organization by Jan. 1, 2015, could end up with unnecessary expenditures as a result of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. 


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Hold the Onion(head)

August 6, 2014
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Whatever you call your deity — God, Jesus, Allah, Buddah or even Onionhead — leave it at home.
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Beware the 'Anticipatory Pregnancy' Claim

August 6, 2014
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If a pregnant employee tells you that she will be unable to perform at some point in the future, wait until that time to terminate her.
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Why Culture Trumps Compliance

August 5, 2014
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To instill ethical behavior, organizations must provide incentives and encourage everyone to not only act properly but also to report violations.
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LinkedIn’s $6 Million FLSA Settlement Provides a Good Lesson to Employers

August 5, 2014
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Do not assume that you need not pay overtime to employees who are paid other than hourly.
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Legal Briefing: Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

August 4, 2014
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Employers should not automatically rule out telecommuting options as reasonable accommodations under the ADA.
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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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