Human Resources News & Insights

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. 

Don’t press send! 7 email faux pas you want to avoid

Email is unavoidable in the workplace, and the amount of messages filling up employees’ inboxes can be annoying and intimidating. 

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.

6 tactics to stop promising candidates from disappearing on you

In this tight labor market, the war for talent wages on – and you may be feeling like your biggest adversaries are your own promising candidates. 

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. 

3 ideas to liven up your one-on-one meetings

There’s nothing wrong with having business talks or brainstorming sessions while sitting in an office, but it can get old after a while. 

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. 

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.