Comments about employee's age don't always add up to discrimination

When employees say stupid things, take some small comfort: Not every stray comment will be grounds for a successful lawsuit.

APA Congress: Identity theft-proof your workplace

Shockingly (or maybe not), more than half the attendees at the APA’s identity theft workshop acknowledged that they were bait for the phishing expedition undertaken earlier this year to steal employees’ W-2 information by spoofing a company’s executives.

The 10 best ways to retain working mothers

Worried that new mothers may not return to work following maternity leave? Increase the odds by building flexibility into your work culture. Offering options for when and where work gets done is one of the best ways to encourage women to come back—and stay—after they give birth.

Hiring to remain strong, but pay set for bigger bump

The U.S. hiring outlook for the next six months is expected to mirror the same period in 2015—but paychecks will likely become a little bigger.

Snapshot: What employers have done to prepare for the higher OT threshold

Are you putting off plans for dealing with the new salary threshold?

85% experience high levels of work stress

The unemployment rate is down and employers have been hiring. But high workplace stress is still common.

Sloppy language can kill your case: Ensure consistency in arbitration agreements

If you use an arbitration agreement to limit litigation, have your attorney regularly review the language in the agreement. It’s the best way to avoid completely defeating the purpose of having an agreement.

Ensure handbook asserts at-will employment

If you have a handbook that provides workers with a limited right to contest proposed discipline, make sure it also has a very strong at-will statement.

Unequal pay is not always discrimination

When an employee files a sex discrimination lawsuit alleging unequal pay for equal work, the employer merely needs to show that the reason for the discrepancy is something other than sex.

45% of grads say college wasn't worth the cost

The average member of the Class of 2016 left college $37,172 in debt—6% more than in 2015 and a new record.

Training customers how to use business software doesn't count as exempt work

A highly compensated employee whose job duties consisted largely of training customers on how to use the software his employer sells has won a California overtime lawsuit.

ACA did not lead to cuts in job-based health coverage

The Affordable Care Act has had almost no effect on the number of employees who get their health insurance through an employer-sponsored plan, according to new research by the nonprofit Urban Institute.

Company's delay = $9.6 million in taxes, penalties, interest

“I’ll get to it tomorrow” isn’t a winning legal strategy.

Notify lawyers quickly about arbitration agreements

If an employee sues, immediately let your attorney know if the employee signed an arbitration agreement.

IRS, DOJ highlight payroll initiatives

Over 70% of the federal government’s ready cash is obtained through withholding. That puts you in the crosshairs for new compliance initiatives from the IRS and its in-house lawyers from the Tax Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
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