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Wellness Investments Rise but Results Remain in Question

June 25, 2014
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More employers are deploying wellness programs but implementation and effectiveness remain elusive.


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How Do We Get Our ESOP Plan Started?

June 17, 2014
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My company wants to start an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, that defines a vesting year as being an actively employed participant on Dec. 31 of that year and you credited with at least 1,000 hours of employment. Should this include regular hours, overtime hours, and PTO hours? What else might we need to consider?
— ESOP Fable, financial/insurance/real estate, Des Moines, Iowa

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Has Workplace Drug Testing Gone to Pot With Legalized Marijuana?

April 9, 2014
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Until the courts sort these issues out, prudent employers should tread carefully and consult with their employment counsel before disciplining or firing any employees who are using legally prescribed marijuana away from work.
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If You Don't Want Anti-Bullying Legislation, Give Me a 'Hell Yeah!'

April 3, 2014
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The quickest way to ensure that generalized workplace bullying becomes illegal is for employers to continue to ignore it.


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A Call for the DOL to Fix What is Wrong With Our Wage-and-Hour Laws

March 17, 2014
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The FLSA needs to be scrapped and rebuilt from scratch. Otherwise, a confusing system will be left in place that is unfair to both employers and employees.
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NLRB Looks to Expand Reach With Latest Enforcement Priorities

March 3, 2014
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The NLRB is looking for ways to become relevant to the 93 percent of employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
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What Suits Today's Recruits?

February 25, 2014
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What do recruits want most today? Is money still the key factor or is professional development more important? It's sometimes hard to tell what we should tout.

Inquiring Mind, manager, consumer products, Sri Lanka


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Can Low-Potential Workers Become High-Potentials?

February 25, 2014
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I’m wondering about strategies to turn low-potential employees into high potentials. How often is this done and are there any best practices?

What About the Also-Rans? OD specialist, software/systems, Washington, D.C.


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Workplace-Related Class-Action Lawsuits Still Hinge on Wal-Mart Case: Report

January 7, 2014
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The 2011 ruling of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes continued to have a wide-ranging impact on virtually all class actions pending in federal and state courts throughout the country in 2013 cases.


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It’s Time to Update Your Severe-Weather Policy

January 6, 2014
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In light of these historically frigid temperatures, I’m writing about workplace severe-weather policies, including including how to handle issues such as attendance, wage and hour, and telecommuting.
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