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4 steps to stamp out anti-LGBT discrimination

Priority No. 1: Make sure everyone in your organization understands that you will not tolerate any form of anti-gay discrimination or harassment.

NLRB OKs limited bans on cell phones at work

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld an employer policy requiring employees to stow personal cell phones in lockers because safety concerns on the factory floor outweigh the “relatively slight risk” that the policy would interfere with employees’ right to engage in activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

Back-to-work checklist: Steps to consider in emerging from shutdown

As workplaces reopen after the coronavirus shutdown, here is a checklist from The Conference Board to help your HR department plan these important safety, operational and legal decisions.

Taking temperatures: 6 tips to do it legally

The EEOC has said checking temperatures during a pandemic is appropriate. Even so, there are legal risks. Follow these tips from the Foley & Lardner law firm.

8 questions office managers must address before return-to-work

Before a possible influx of employees back into the office, make sure you’ve begun to explore solutions to the following dilemmas.

Return to work: Revise policies, procedures

As states slowly lift their shutdown orders, employees are returning to the workplace. But you can’t just swing your doors open. Every process in your organization needs to be rethought, because each step carries potential safety and legal risks.

Formalize remote work with telecommuting guidelines and agreement

Now is the time to start bringing order to the telecommuting process. Here are some guidelines, including a sample telecommuting agreement.

#MeTooLate? Policy change won’t always stop lawsuits

When the #MeToo movement exposed pervasive sexual harassment in corporate America, the board of directors at McDonald’s implemented anti-harassment policies that went far beyond what the law requires. Too bad that wasn’t enough to prevent what could prove to be a massive harassment lawsuit.

Back to basics: FLSA issues during the coronavirus crisis

Your responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act haven’t been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. If you’ve sent employees home to work and some of those employees are nonexempt, you have a problem—tracking their work hours under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here’s what you need to know about the FLSA.

CROWN: After Oscars, hairstyle laws heat up

“Hair Love,” winner of the 2020 Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category, has shined a spotlight on legislation that affects employers’ grooming policies.