Human Resources News & Insights

FMLA lawsuit: Was surveillance justified or payback for smut-watching complaint?

Just because the FMLA gives employers the ability to initiate surveillance on employees they suspect of abusing their leave, it doesn’t mean you should take such a drastic step.

Nike bolsters wages of 7K staffers to close pay gap: Will other firms follow its lead?

Nike just joined an increasing number of employers that are making sweeping pay changes in an effort to close the gaps between male and female employees’ paychecks and prevent bias problems down the road. 

Court ruling adds confusion to handling medical marijuana in the workplace

  Just when HR pros were starting to get a feel for where courts stand regarding medical marijuana in the workplace, a New Jersey court handed down a surpising ruling on the subject. 

This alarming healthcare trend has increased 87% in the past four years

Nine-digit health claims are becoming the norm rather than the exception.

New dads score $1.1M settlement in EEOC parental leave discrimination case

  As parental leave policies are becoming increasing popular, HR pros need to keep this in mind: Not giving new fathers the same type of leave as new mothers to bond with a newborn or newly placed adopted or foster child can prove very costly. 

15 crazy sacrifices workers will make for 10% raise

After years of paltry wage increases that barely keep pace with inflation, it looks like employees would be willing to take some desperate steps to achieve a significant pay bump.

Return of the ACA individual mandate: Could this incarnation catch on?

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) killed the penalty on the ACA’s individual mandate, most employers believed Obamacare was effectively dead. But some states didn’t think killing the mandate was such a great idea and put forward legislation to keep the mandate alive on the state level. 

Congress aims to greatly expand HSAs: What HR pros should know

Congress recently passed two bills that could drastically expand the usage of HSAs.

California aims to prevent marijuana-use discrimination: Start of a trend?

If this bill passes, medical marijuana users in California will be classified as a protected class and employers will be unable to discriminate against them because of their marijuana usage.

Opioid epidemic in the workplace: Is Congress’s ambitious new legislation the answer?

Employers everywhere are struggling to handle the opioid crisis and its impact on the workplace, so Congress is looking to step in.