Human Resources News & Insights

Employment Law

Companies face more rules concerning the employer/employee relationship than in any time in
history. Every aspect of workplace life seems to be covered by one law or another – or, to make
things even more complicated, multiple overlapping statutes. This resource center takes a look at
the laws that cause HR managers the biggest headaches.

EEOC releases sexual harassment stats one year after #MeToo

It’s been a year since countless stories of workplace sexual harassment started making headlines, and new data suggests the number of harassment complaints and lawsuits won’t be declining any time soon. 

ACLU sues Facebook for discriminatory job ads

Facebook is in hot water once again — this time, for job ads targeting exclusively men for roles such as police officers, truck drivers and sports store clerks. 

Staying compliant during natural disasters: Pay, leave questions answered

The arrival of Hurricane Florence — and the dreaded aftermath — has a lot of employers wondering about HR challenges that come along with natural disasters.

Sixth Circuit: High standard to prove employees are similarly situated

A recent ruling by the Sixth Circuit shows when it comes to discrimination lawsuits, the standard is pretty high for proving the employees who received differential treatment are actually similarly situated. 

Update from feds: DOL releases opinion letters regarding FMLA, FLSA

It was a busy week for the DOL — not only did the agency release a new set of FMLA forms for employers, but it wrote four opinion letters addressing several FMLA and FLSA concerns. 

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. 

How letting an employee drink juice on the job could’ve saved this company $700K

  Most employers would be happy to deal with an accommodation request that was as simple as keeping a bottle of juice nearby. 

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.