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.

Sexual harassment in the Harvey Weinstein era: 3 ways to go beyond standard training

From the Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly scandals to the #MeToo movement on social media, sexual harassment is on everybody’s minds.

Intoxicated employee dies after holiday party: Is company liable for negligence?

If your company hosts a holiday party so employees can have some fun, can you be held legally responsible when a tragedy takes place because an employee had too much fun?

DOL appeals ruling to kill new OT rule: Why is this big news for HR?

The Department of Labor (DOL) isn’t going to let a Texas judge simply toss out the Obama-era changes to the FLSA’s overtime rules. The agency has officially appealed the court’s decision, and its reason for the move suggests the DOL has some major plans regarding overtime reg in the near future.

ADA lawsuit: Can you force an unstable employee to see a doctor?

Here’s a tricky scenario for any HR pro: You have reason to believe that an employee, who has suddenly started showing increasingly erratic behavior, is struggling to do her job and negatively impacting her co-workers. What can you do?

What? Hooded sheets plus a noose, and firm still skirts harassment charge

Despite mountains of damning evidence, one employer avoided losing a racially hostile workplace lawsuit. The ruling serves as a reminder to HR pros everywhere on the importance of clear policies and consistent follow-through.

No proof of receipt, no problem: A blueprint for winning a COBRA suit

Failing to provide a timely notice is a major source of COBRA-related lawsuits employers face. Even if the company relies on a TPA to handle its COBRA administration, it’s still ultimately liable for any violations. 

Former DOL admin: 4 risky pay practices the feds have a field day with

With the DOL’s overtime changes under construction, some employers are putting pay-process reviews on the back burner, but that could be a very costly mistake. 

Friendly court reminder: Policies can’t stop workers from talking about pay

By now, most savvy companies know they can’t bar employees from discussing such things as salaries and working conditions. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some companies out there that try to do it anyway. 

Trump administration deals major blow to ACA contraceptive coverage regs

There’s no doubt the Trump administration’s latest move will weaken the Obamacare contraceptive coverage regs. There are, however, some major debates over just who is likely to be affected by such changes.

A taste of its own medicine: EEOC ordered to fork over $1.9M for ‘frivolous’ claims

The EEOC has a long history among employers of filing lawsuits for dubious reasons, and in this case, that strategy seems to have come back to haunt it.