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.

Baker wins, but Supreme Court religious freedom ruling raises tough issues for HR

When the High Court ruled in favor of a baker who refused to put together a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs, it made national news – and put employers everywhere in a tricky spot regarding free speech.

8 things your managers need to know about the FMLA

Whether they realize it or not, managers have the power to make or break FMLA lawsuits. 

Why HRs pros want to kill I-9 and what they want instead

If you’re in favor of ditching the current employment verification process – the paper-based I-9 form – for a mandatory electronic system, you’re not alone.

Can you offer employees an option to work on FMLA leave? Court says …

If an employee is still able to work but requests FMLA leave (say, to care for a spouse), is it interference to offer them the option to continue working while taking leave?

Get a Letter 227? IRS’ new online tool to navigate the wave of ACA penalties

Now that employers have been notified of their potential ACA shared-responsibility penalties by the IRS, the agency is offering guidance on how they should respond. And HR pros will definitely want to take note of their options.

‘What, you’re pregnant too?’ One comment triggers discrimination lawsuit

A recent lawsuit proves once again that one offhand comment by a manager can be enough to result in a costly legal battle. 

4 steps saved company when manager was accused of sexual harassment

The steps this organization took after a sexual harassment complaint are textbook examples of what employers should strive to do in these situations. 

Watch out for these 8 workplace bully personality types

Workplace bullies have always been on the scene. But they’re now being recognized as productivity killers and potential legal threats to employers.

Landmark Supreme Court ruling gives HR a powerful tool to prevent pay lawsuits

Employers everywhere will likely rush to get their employees to sign the type of employment agreement the High Court just ruled has great power to protect businesses from costly wage-and-hour lawsuits.

5 times it’s OK to fire an employee on FMLA leave

Of course, you’d never fire someone for taking FMLA leave. But perhaps the termination had been in the works long before the person took FMLA leave. It’s still a sticky situation, but a court recently outlined when it’s safe to say goodbye to someone on FMLA leave.