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Most 2013 EEOC charges were filed by employees in 10 states

04/18/2014
Ten states—mostly home to the nation’s largest cities or located in the South—accounted for 56% of all EEOC charges filed in 2013.

Casual atmosphere keeps iProspect employees engaged

04/18/2014
Employees of digital marketing firm iProspect play foosball and shoot hoops in between working with clients who hire the firm to boost their online presence.

Can we pay opportunity wages to a rehired employee?

04/18/2014
Q: Last March, we hired a staff member’s college freshman daughter for several weeks and we paid her the $4.25 an hour opportunity wage. We’d like to hire her again for the summer. Can we continue to pay her $4.25 an hour?

Is a salary only for full-timers?

04/18/2014
Q. Can part-time employees be salaried?

Can we discipline an employee for his girlfriend's actions?

04/18/2014

Q. We have an employee whose girlfriend has come in and wandered through the production floor without permission. We have escorted her out of the building twice in the last month. What are our options if she comes in again? Should we call the police? Is there any way we can discipline the employee because his girlfriend keeps calling in several times a day wanting to talk with him?

Honda issues social media guidelines for its employees

04/17/2014
Some companies encourage employees to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other networks to spread the word about their work. So Honda Motor Co., among others, has issued social media guidelines for employees, with a caution.

Reimburse employees for expenses, or risk legal trouble

04/17/2014

If employees aren't properly reimbursed for business-related expenses they incur while performing their jobs, their pay may fall below minimum wage. And if that’s the case, they can quit and sue. The claim? Constructive discharge.

Credit blind faith: Retirement confidence rises

04/17/2014
Americans are more confident that they’ll be able to retire comfortably than they have been in years, but their confidence may be based on little more than wishful thinking. That’s one way to read the results of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 24th annual Retirement Confidence Survey.

HR temp jobs growing fast--and paying well

04/16/2014
HR specialists will be among the most sought-after and best-paid temporary workers through the end of the year, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com and Economic Modeling Specialists International.

Back ban on off-the-clock work with action

04/16/2014
Don’t assume that merely having a written policy that prohibits working off the clock will insulate you from liability. You must do more.

FMLA leave to pitch in with newborn grandchild's care?

04/16/2014
Q. An employee would like to use FMLA time to spend with her daughter after her grandchild is born later this year. There are no expected complications post-birth, but the new mom will need much assistance. Would this qualify for FMLA leave?

Can the government dictate the 'look' of the people we prefer to hire?

04/15/2014
Q. We are a retail company. Our public image and our reputation for being a patriotic corporate citizen are both very important to us. We tend to hire a predominately young workforce and individuals with trendy, but “clean cut” and energetic appearances. I also don’t want to be forced to hire people with head coverings or facial hair, which we don’t allow. Can the government force us to do that?

NLRB ready to back broad union organizing and collective activity

04/15/2014
For the first time in a decade, the NLRB is operating at full strength with five members and a confirmed General Counsel. The new board has a union-side majority and appears poised to expedite union organizing and support other collective activity across an increasingly broad spectrum of unionized and nonunionized workplaces.

Textile rental firm settles sex discrimination charges

04/15/2014
Minnetonka, MN-based G&K Services has settled sex discrimination charges leveled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

EEOC sues medical device firm for age, sex discrimination

04/15/2014
The EEOC alleges Chanhassen, MN-based PMT Corp. discriminated against older and female applicants for company sales positions. In a law­­suit filed in federal court, the EEOC claims the company’s president and CEO specifically instructed the HR department not to hire women and people who graduated from college more than 10 years ago for sales positions.
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