The HR I.Q. Test: February '17

Here's your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

More retailers stop using on-call shift scheduling

Pressure for attorney generals in several states has caused several large retailers to stop requiring employees to call work before a scheduled shift to find out if they have to work that day.

New SSN alerts could spark questions for HR

The IRS has begun notifying employees whose Social Security numbers have been used by someone else to get a job.

Work fatalities hit 8-year high; the 10 deadliest jobs

4,836 Americans were killed in workplace accidents in 2015.

EEOC outreach spurs mental disability claims

The EEOC is taking new steps to teach employees suffering from depression, anxiety and other conditions about their workplace rights.

Don't let 'harassment' turn into unemployment claim

An employee who claims her employer didn’t stop harassment could quit and file for unemployment compensation benefits.

5 policy tips for managing workplace romance

You’re better off managing relationships between co-workers than banning them.

GPS technology raises privacy concerns

It’s easy to track where the phone is—and by extension, the location of the employee carrying it. Is this legal?

Yearly cost of commuting: $3,000 and 187 hours

Americans spend an average of 45 minutes every day commuting to and from work at an average cost of $12 per day.

With new rules on hold, a refresher on white-collar overtime

With the new overtime rules most likely dead for the foreseeable future, let’s review the overtime rules that remain in effect, as they have been since 2004.

Accommodate disability, insist on performance

Smart employers make reasonable accommodations without too much hassle, and they still keep an eye on disabled employees’ performance to make sure they’re successfully doing their jobs.

New EEOC guidance emphasizes hostile environment harassment

Doubling down on last summer’s report by the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, the guidance calls harassment a persistent work problem.

Snapshot: Optimism about job prospects reaches an all-time high

Half of Americans surveyed think now is a good time to find a quality job.

High Court to hear class-action waiver cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases addressing a perennial hot topic: Is it lawful to include class-action waivers in arbitration agreements?

March 2017: Employer's business tax calendar

Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.
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