EMPLOYMENT LAW

New SSN alerts could spark questions for HR

01/19/2017
The IRS has begun notifying employees whose Social Security numbers have been used by someone else to get a job.

EEOC outreach spurs mental disability claims

01/19/2017
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

01/19/2017
An employee who claims her employer didn’t stop harassment could quit and file for unemployment compensation benefits.

GPS technology raises privacy concerns

01/19/2017
It’s easy to track where the phone is—and by extension, the location of the employee carrying it. Is this legal?

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

01/18/2017
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

01/18/2017
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

01/18/2017
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.

High Court to hear class-action waiver cases

01/18/2017
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?

3 key questions about the ADA and substance abuse

01/12/2017
When you suspect that an employee has a drug or alcohol abuse problem that is affecting job performance, be careful not to mishandle the situation.

Trend watch: Could contractors get benefits?

01/12/2017
The state of New York may be about to consider legislation that would create a system of “portable” benefits that would give independent contractors some of the advantages employees have.

Puzder hearings postponed

01/12/2017
Hearings to confirm fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as the Trump administration’s Secretary of Labor may not occur until February.

Granting religious accommodations, preventing bias claims

01/11/2017
An employer may face litigation either for failing to promptly respond to a discrimination claim or for overreacting to one.

NY labor law 2017: Exempt salaries, past pay, police liability

01/11/2017
This month brings timely reminders for busy employers that may have missed important new announcements.

Nursing homes misclassified staff, owe $2M in back pay

01/11/2017
Grand Healthcare System, headquartered in Queens, will pay $2,006,796  to 844 employees in five locations after the company improperly classified the employees as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Banquet hall dishes more than $300K in back pay, penalties

01/11/2017
An Indian restaurant and banquet hall in Garden City, N.Y., will pay $285,800 in back wages and liquidated damages to 24 workers to resolve allegations it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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