Human Resources News & Insights

Same job, different pay: Why court says it’s OK to pay women less

In the past, a number of courts have ruled that relying too heavily on women’s past salaries can easily violate laws like the Equal Pay Act (EPA). But a recent ruling appears to throw a wrench in the gears of the equal pay movement.

‘Put on your big boy pants’: Takeaways from man’s retaliation suit

When a male employee in a predominantly female workforce voices a gender discrimination complaint, it’s probably not the best idea to tell him to “suck it up” and “put on your big boy pants.”

FMLA lawsuit: 7 stupid words that could cost this employer big

Wells Fargo had mountains of well-documented evidence to back up its decision to fire a poorly performing employee, but a simple phrase by a clueless manager could wind up making all that evidence moot.

The day hugging died: Ruling says it’s time for a new office policy

As human beings, we hoped this day would never come. But as HR pros, we all thought it would. And now it has arrived: the day when hugging in the workplace dies. 

Lessons learned from a tidal wave of 401(k) fee suits: How to keep your company safe

Delta Airlines recently became the latest organization embattled in a highly publicized retirement plan lawsuit over its allegedly excessive 401(k) fees. Unfortunately, the company could’ve avoided its fate by taking a few extra steps. 

6 words turned age bias lawsuit into a $922K payout

A western PA-based employer probably regrets that one of its managers uttered just six words to a shift supervisor. 

3 things managers can’t say after FMLA requests

You know when employees request FMLA leave, those conversations have to stick to the facts about what the workers need and why. The problem is, a lot of managers don’t know that — and here’s proof some of their stray comments can cost you dearly in court. 

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.