Human Resources News & Insights

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. 

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.