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10 mistakes that crush your ability to win a retaliation lawsuit

When employees complain internally about discrimination or lodge a complaint with an outside agency like the EEOC, they’ve en­gaged in what’s called “protected activity.” They may not be correct about the discrimination, but if the employer retaliated against an em­­ployee for complaining in the first place, they could win a large jury award anyway.
Compensation & Benefits

Study: 2008 market crash delayed retirement for 23%

Among the victims of the Great Recession of 2008-2009 were the retirement expectations of many Americans. New research from the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute has quantified just how much those hopes suffered.
HR Management

Cigarette giant to ban employees from smoking in most areas

Starting Jan. 1, employees of the company that makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes will not be allowed to smoke at work.

Job announcements: Can more details = fewer lawsuits?

Many employers provide skimpy details on their websites about job openings. The legal problem: Less information can lead to a higher number of unqualified applicants. And when applicants have to speculate at the reasons they’ve been rejected, they’re more likely to sue.
Employee Relations

Relocating your office? Steps for success

At some point, your office will likely need to pull up stakes and head out to unexplored territory, moving the staff and everything else. Your preparations will fall into two categories: (1) ticking off the absolutely-must-do’s and (2) solving the hidden issues that can trip up an otherwise orderly relocation.

2015 layoffs could be lowest since 2003

Planned layoffs are at a record low heading into 2015, according to a survey released Dec. 3 by the nonprofit total rewards association WorldatWork.
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