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Employment Law

More time to weigh in on new tip pool rule

The Department of Labor has extended the deadline to comment on proposed tip pool rule changes to February 5, 2018. The original deadline was Jan. 3.
HR Management

OSHA whistleblower awarded more than $173,000

An employee who was fired for reporting improper asbestos removal procedures at a Gloverville, N.Y. school worksite in 2010 has been awarded $173,794 in damages.

No formal application? No failure-to-hire suit

Employees sometimes think telling their boss they’re eager to advance is the same as applying for a promotion. It’s not. They will have a hard time winning a failure-to-hire lawsuit if the employer has a formal application process.
Compensation & Benefits

Legal updates: Safe time in NYC, pay query ban in Albany

Cities and municipalities continue to pass new laws affecting how employers manage their workforces. Here is a look at the new NYC “safe time” leave law and Albany County’s new rules on interview questions.

Ignoring FMLA paperwork may bar unemployment

Workers who are fired for breaking a workplace rule generally aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation. That’s because rule-breaking may constitute willful misconduct, which bars benefits.
Employee Relations

Employee admits sexual harassment? Be sure documentation reflects that

When investigating sexual harass­­­ment, make sure you document every interview, including any with the alleged harasser. That way, if you end up discharging the alleged harasser, you minimize the chances that he might win a defamation lawsuit against your organization.
Article Archives

DOL makes it easier to offer unpaid internships: New test vs. the old test

DOL gives green light to unpaid internships

Joint employment definition takes a pro-employer turn

American Airlines offers equity stake to settle ADA bias lawsuit

Manhattan Garment District distributor settles pregnancy bias suit

Courts bend over backwards to assist pro se litigants

Court: Uncivil is not the same as unlawful

Employee has just a vague hunch about bias? Prevail in court with documented facts

Supervisors must step up when they learn subordinates might have been harassed

Remind bosses: Take care when addressing disability’s effect on employee performance

Discrimination suit can’t rely solely on race

71% of sexual harassment incidents occurred at work

DOL revisiting paid internship rules

Trump DOL nominees to testify before HELP Committee

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