Republican Party platform addresses few HR, employment law issues

The Republican Party’s official platform, adopted July 18 at its convention in Cleveland, paid scant attention to many of today’s hottest HR and employment law issues.

'We lost our records' is no excuse in pay cases

Do you have a method for making sure pay records are up-to-date, accurate and available? Remember, California law requires retaining pay records for three years.

Overtime, social issues top employers' list of worries

The Department of Labor’s new rules for paying white-collar overtime, LGBT rights, pay equity and workplace violence prevention are the issues that most worried HR professionals and in-house lawyers responding to a new survey.

Snapshot: Top HR challenges for the next 10 years

What are the top concerns in HR offices for the next decade?

Horror show of hazards earns OSHA citations in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn construction company, faces $49,200 in fines for 21 serious workplace safety standard violations following an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection of a six-story building the company was constructing.

Federal job training program sends $49 million to Texas

Federal money to assist Texas workers who have been displaced by global trade hit over $49 million in 2015, the DOL has announced.

OSHA sues manufacturer for retaliation after safety violation

A worker at Lloyd Industries in Montgomeryville lost three fingers when the machine he was using crushed his hand.

The HR I.Q. Test: July '16

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

Lessons from SHRM's Annual Conference

The HR Specialist joined thousands of HR professionals gathered June 19–22 in Washington, D.C., for the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference. Here is some wisdom shared by speakers at the event.

Feds' deal for call center: $150K to fix misclassification

A Southern California marketing firm will pay $150,000 in back pay and overtime to resolve charges it misclassified employees as independent contractors.

Zero-tolerance policies: an open door to trouble?


On paper, zero-tolerance policies seem like a good idea: You warn employees that your organization will not tolerate even one instance of on-the-job misconduct. But life isn’t always so simple.

OSHA cracking down with snap inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a message for employers that ignore its new accident reporting requirements: If you miss the shortened reporting requirement, expect a surprise inspection or two.

Execs dawdling on OT? Get their attention!

Having trouble getting senior management to take the new overtime regulations seriously? If executives seem to believe they can wait to get serious, scare them straight with these warnings.

7 steps for handling employee complaints

Each time HR receives an employee complaint about discrimination or harassment, it should follow these steps—consistently and fairly.

In health insurance cases, it's who suffers that matters

As health insurance policies begin to include more coverage for sex reassignment surgery and treatment, some employees are suing for past noncoverage. But, unless it was the employee who was denied coverage, the court won’t allow the suit.
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