ARTICLE ARCHIVES

Is it legal to claw back maternity leave pay?

12/06/2016
Q. Our maternity leave policy offers paid leave for female employees who plan to return to work after the birth of the child. If the employee quits before returning to work, she’s required to reimburse the company for the paid leave. Is this lawful?

Strip club's stage lease doesn't stop wage lawsuit

12/06/2016
An exotic dancer at Philadelphia’s Gold Club can sue under the Fair Labor Standards Act, following a ruling by a federal appeals court panel.

PennDOT case shows perils of negotiating discipline

12/06/2016
A former roadway programs coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has appealed his firing to the state Supreme Court in hopes of being reinstated.

Cut discrimination risk with audit for differing discipline

12/06/2016
If you are about to punish a worker for poor performance, do a quick self-audit to see if other employees received similar punishment.

Evidence unearthed during trial can cut liability

12/06/2016
If, during litigation, you discover a new reason for termination, you may lessen your liability.

Manager's ageist comment isn't necessarily a kiss of death in court

12/06/2016
It happens with disheartening frequency: A manager makes a stupid comment about an employee’s age that—in an HR pro’s worst nightmare—could lead to a nasty lawsuit.

Reporting racial slurs is protected activity

12/06/2016
A worker reporting that a supervisor used a racially charged slur is protected from retaliation.

Think twice before firing complainer

12/06/2016
If you have a worker who has complained about some form of discrimination, think twice before you terminate her.

Managers, staff view flex benefits differently

12/06/2016
Employers and workers aren’t on the same page about juggling personal and professional priorities.

Court decides 'weird' is a gender-neutral insult

12/06/2016
Viewing someone as “weird” or unusual isn’t discriminatory if, in context, the label could apply to either sex.

Report praises European firms for supporting U.S. apprenticeships

12/06/2016
A Commerce Department study finds that European companies with operations in the United States are running some of the nation’s most innovative apprenticeship programs.

Obama's DOL going out in wage-and-hour blaze of glory

12/06/2016
In just one week, the Department of Labor secured judgments or negotiated settlements worth $2.2 million.

Snapshot: Employment growth highest in jobs requiring social, analytical skills

12/06/2016
Between 1980 and 2015, jobs that depend on social ability grew the most.

For some, need for benefits delays retirement

12/06/2016
If demography is destiny, the American workforce is going to continue to get older as baby boomers age … and keep showing up for work.

Obama administration appeals overtime injunction

12/06/2016
The Obama administration is undertaking a long-shot effort to revive new overtime rules that appear to be on life-support.
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