Human Resources News & Insights

Company out $5.1M after forcing employees to ‘harness happiness’

Any employer would love to have workers who are emotionally aware and good at solving problems, but one company went about teaching these skills the wrong way.

Company’s mandatory retirement policy cost it $47K

Firing an employee for violating company policy isn’t unusual. And typically, policies help companies defend their actions.  But when the policy is discriminatory, following it can be costly. 

These 3 words just cost an employer $50K

A recent lawsuit taught managers what not to say as the EEOC showed, once again, that a small comment can end up costing an employer big. 

Court voids key parts of EEOC’s wellness regs: Here’s what happens next

When a federal court asked the EEOC to reconsider its rules on wellness incentives under the ADA and GINA, it expected the agency to move swiftly with its response.

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.

EEOC files landmark parental leave lawsuit: Was dad discriminated against?

When this employer rolled out its parental leave policy a few years ago, it probably never imagined it would be facing an EEOC discrimination lawsuit by one of its employees. But that’s just what happened to one of the biggest names in cosmetics. 

EEO-1 changes: Employers just caught a major break

If you were in the middle of your preparations for the EEOC’s more detailed EEO-1 reporting requirements, stop what you’re doing right now.

Judge deals major blow to EEOC’s wellness regs, leaves employers in limbo

In a recent high-profile court ruling, a judge didn’t flat-out strike down controversial EEOC regs regarding employer wellness plans, but his ruling does have the potential to alter the fate of those regs.

Study: HR pros stressed about changing regs, but not where you’d think

While employers are keeping a close eye on ACA-repeal efforts and other changes under the new administration, they’re most concerned about what’s happening in their own backyards.

EEOC outlines 4 new approaches to fight workplace harassment

Workplace harassment is virtually an epidemic these days — the EEOC says a third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. But the agency’s taking steps to help both workers and managers handle the problem.