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Employment Law

DOL: Fresh guidance on remote worker rights, FMLA vs. ADA

The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division on Feb. 9 issued two new guidance documents affecting employers with remote workers and FMLA-eligible employees who must work reduced schedules to manage their serious health conditions.

Long COVID may affect 7% of infected employees

A study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute found that, while long-COVID prevalence was highest among workers who were hospitalized during an acute stage of disease, even some workers who needed limited medical care following infection developed long-COVID symptoms.

EEOC launches offensive against AI at work

For years, artificial intelligence has been the next big thing, touted as the technology poised to transform how all kinds of business processes are conceived, developed and performed. Now, what was once a tantalizing promise seems on the verge of becoming a revolutionary reality.

Accommodate hairstyles based on religious beliefs

Discrimination lawsuits involving hairstyles are all the rage—as are new laws and regulations protecting natural and ethnic hairstyles.

DOL never forgets: Slaps millions in penalties on repeat wage offender

A commercial painting contractor in Las Vegas must have thought federal investigators would forget about his history of stiffing employees. He was wrong.

Survey: More employers taking action on pay equity

WorldatWork’s latest Pay Equity Study found that 70% of organizations were taking action on pay equity in 2022, a 10% increase since 2019 and a 4% increase over 2021.

Dodge discrimination claims when diversifying

There’s a right way and a wrong way to diversify your workforce. The right way is difficult and takes time. The wrong way is to push current employees out of the way.

New: EEOC has guidance on hearing disabilities at work

A new Q&A document from the EEOC offers advice on how employers can comply with the ADA by accommodating applicants and employees with hearing disabilities.

Companies cut employees, hire contractors instead

Layoffs are in the news again, but research conducted by ResumeBuilder.com in January suggests some job cuts aren’t a response to lower consumer demand in a sluggish economy, but old-fashioned cost-cutting instead.

$5.6 million mistake: Misclassifying employees as contractors doesn’t save money

Some employers look for almost any excuse to treat workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The reason is usually simple: Contractors generally cost less than employees. However, those savings can be wiped out in a flash if the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determines those contractors should really have been classified as employees all along.