Human Resources News & Insights

And the Employer Policy Hall of Shame’s newest inductee is …

Did this organization really think it could get away with this policy, which should immediately be enshrined in the Employer Policy Hall of Shame? 

The next wave of employment law is introduced in 2 states, NYC

Don’t say you weren’t warned: There’s good chance these new laws are precursors to legislation you may soon see in your state or city. 

Supreme Court just made it easier to sue you for pregnancy discrimination

The Supreme Court just interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) differently than some employers currently do. As a result, it’ll open up employers to more lawsuits.

How wacky can discrimination suits get? 4 unbelievable examples

Four recent bias cases should be pretty vexing to HR pros. In two, the alleged victims were given some pretty unusual (and, in at least one case, very large) awards. In the others, the claims against employers will have you banging your head against a wall.

Employers won’t like this federal court ‘mixed motive’ ruling

All along, employers have been told they can terminate an at-will employee — even if a member of a protected class — as long as it had a legitimate business reason for doing so. A recent court ruling muddies those waters.  

Fired staffer: ‘HR director told me to sue’

It’s common for sympathetic co-workers to tell colleagues who’ve been fired that they should see an attorney about filing a lawsuit. But this is the first time we’ve come across an instance where the suggestion — allegedly — was made by the firm’s HR director.

Mere mention of employee pregnancy isn’t evidence of bias

Pregnancy discrimination is a growing issue in today’s workplace, and employers are bending over backwards to stay away from any hint of bias. But a recent court decision indicates that mentioning a women’s pregnancy in relation to her firing doesn’t necessarily indicate discrimination.

Work/life balance? Not employer’s responsibility, judge says

A New York judge dismissed a class action suit claiming that women were discriminated against by communications giant Bloomberg. And along the way, the judge took a swipe at that whole work/life balance business.

Latest court ruling’s message: Update your e-mail policies

Not sold on the need for an airtight e-mail and computer use policy? Check out this twisted tale.

Manager’s clueless comments land company in court

It’s the age-old story: Your company follows proper procedure in dealing with a problem employee. Then a manager opens his mouth and — poof! — the organization’s in serious legal trouble.