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You may have to pay reservists for training time

A federal court has ruled for the first time that employers must pay military reservists for the time they spend on training duty if the employer offers paid time off for other purposes.

Religion accommodation need is early, ongoing

Applicants and employees alike are entitled to reasonable accommodation of their religious needs. That obligation starts at the beginning of the hiring process and continues throughout employment. Two cases involving adherents to the Seventh Day Adventist faith demonstrate this.

PRO Act could trigger massive union changes

Legislation introduced in February will usher in sweeping labor-management changes if it passes.

10 tips to keep cybersecurity nightmares at bay

There’s an ongoing need to strengthen computing practices and stay vigilant against cyber attacks—up 600% due to COVID-19 (now aptly referred to as the “cyberdemic”). Emails and passwords are especially prime targets for hackers. Use these tips to stay safe.

Paycheck Fairness Act introduced again, and this time it could pass

The PFA places a high bar in front of employers trying to justify differentials between the wages paid to women and men.

Congress takes up legislation that could affect HR, employers

For the first weeks of 2021, Congress has focused on other matters—the Capitol insurrection, impeachment, President Biden’s cabinet nominees, the coronavirus relief initiative—but now it is turning to new legislation that could affect employers.

Snapshot: Lawsuits filed by the EEOC

During the Trump administration, the EEOC increasingly took the view that “litigation is truly a last resort.” As a result, EEOC lawsuits fell dramatically.

Are unpaid internships a thing of the past?

In a new LiveCareer survey of 1,000 workers who’ve had internships, more than three quarters (77%) said they were paid for their work.

As jobs declined, union participation rose in 2020

Although the country saw historic job losses due to the pandemic in 2020, it also saw a jump in the percentage of U.S. workers who are members of a union to 10.8%, up from 10.3% in 2019.

Risky business: Think twice before firing ‘sickly’ worker

Never treat as disabled employees who recover from a medical emergency. Sure, some health problems cause long-term disability. But assuming someone is disabled when they’re not and taking an adverse action against them violates the ADA. The law prohibits “regarding” someone as disabled.