Human Resources News & Insights

Was employee’s nap FMLA protected? How one court ruled

Scorned employees will cry “FMLA protection” for just about anything these days. The question is, when can the argument stick? 

FLSA, overtime lawsuits just got a lot more expensive

Employers now have even more incentive to make sure they abide by wage-and-hour laws. 

EEOC: Yes, you have to protect employees from this too

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accused this employer of making a big mistake, and the employer is now paying $250,000 for it. 

2 interesting developments for DOL’s overtime rule, injunction

Two very interesting things happened involving the DOL’s overtime rule while you were out of the office over the holidays. 

AFL-CIO wants to defend overtime rule in court if DOL can’t: What now?

Just when employers think time may be running out on the DOL’s legal defense of its overtime rule, someone tries to throw the agency a lifeline. 

The most twisted list of holiday party fouls you’ll read this year

OK. It’s time for the annual holiday party no-no story — the one where we run down all the bad things that might get employers in legal trouble during a get-together that’s supposed to celebrate the season and raise morale. Except, we’re going to turn the entire concept on its head.

Discriminating against disabled workers, applicants costs utility $1.6 million

Employers feared that disability discrimination cases would skyrocket after Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act a few years ago. Those fears are being realized. And the cost of the latest disability discrimination settlement: almost $1.6 million.  

Judge hopes to rule on OT challenge next week: What to watch for

Employers hoping for an injunction that would delay the implementation of the DOL’s new overtime exemption rule may get their wish next week. 

EEOC makes $56K example of employer over deaf applicant: What went wrong?

Here’s an expensive reminder that job applicants — and not just employees — are also protected by the ADA. 

Can employees ‘plead the Fifth’ in workplace investigations?

Say you’re conducting a workplace investigation, and the employee you’re about to interview says, “I plead the Fifth” and chooses to remain silent. Are you allowed to discipline that employee?