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Discipline looming? Expect complaints to be filed

Employees sometimes try to head off a suspected firing by filing internal complaints. They hope their employers will be so afraid of a retaliation claim that they put the termination on hold. It doesn’t always work.

Expect to pay double for wage violations

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to track the time hourly employees work to ensure they receive all the pay they have earned. The law comes with a built-in penalty: Get it wrong and you automatically owe twice your underpayment going back at least two years.

EEOC opioid advice focuses on job retention

The EEOC has issued two new publications designed to address issues related to employing people who legally use or illegally abuse opioid drugs.

Few in HR believe we do enough to support diversity

Nearly 90% of HR leaders believe their organizations have been ineffective in efforts to increase diversity representation, according to newly released research by the Gartner consulting firm.

Snapshot: We don’t do enough to provide opportunities for Black employees

SHRM’s Together Forward @Work initiative uncovered divergent views among HR professionals on minority opportunities.

Poll: Black, white workers diverge on racial inequity

Black and white American workers differ in their perceptions of racial inequity in the workplace, of incivility and whether their employers can do more to promote equity and inclusion at work, according to a new report by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Warn bosses: Harassment can bring personal liability

Remind all supervisors that discriminating against employees or harassing them doesn’t just create liability for the company. It could become a big legal problem for them personally. Several federal laws and many more state laws make that possible.

Individually assess each disability claim

The ADA has been on the books for 30 years, but some employers still don’t understand one of the law’s basic requirements: They must conduct an individualized assessment every time an applicant or employee claims a disability.

Federal court invalidates some FFCRA regulations

On Aug. 3, a federal judge in New York’s Southern District invalidated some of the hastily drawn regulations implementing paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

DOL issues new answers on pandemic leave, FLSA and FMLA

The Department of Labor has been busy updating employer advice on the interplay between the coronavirus pandemic and the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the FMLA.