Looming labor and employment lawsuits: How do they affect your business?

Employers are exposed to any number of work-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, negligent hiring, wage and hour disputes and wrongful discharge claims.  These claims can stem from laws on a federal, state or even local level.… continue

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Is Robotics in the Workplace a New Industrial Revolution?

Robots and artificial intelligence technologies may soon change the workplace at a pace not seen since the Industrial Revolution. That’s according to a number of experts, including San Francisco employment attorney Garry Mathiason who predicts that nearly 50% of US… continue

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What LeBron James Has to Do With Succession Planning

Your company’s top performer would be hard-pressed to approximate the value of LeBron James. But losing that person might be no less damaging to your organization if it is caught unprepared for that possibility.
James stunned many observers when he… continue

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US Supreme Court Term Provided Potpourri of Key Employment Rulings

The US Supreme Court made big news with a number of key rulings affecting employers before taking its annual summer break. None was bigger than the Court’s first-of-its-kind finding that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate violated the religious… continue

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NY Times Columnist Thomas Friedman Tells SHRM Crowd of Need to Stay Agile

Thomas Friedman took to the General Session stage at the Society for Human Resource Management 2014 Convention in Orlando and spoke of going the extra mile and consolidating influence during his keynote address. SHRM Board Chairwoman Bette Francis introduced Friedman… continue

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White House Summit Focuses on Working Families

The White House hosted its first-ever Summit on Working Families on Monday, and it came not a moment too soon.
When New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy dared to miss the first two games of the baseball season on… continue

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Unsure if a Federal Law Applies to Your Workplace? Here Is a Chart That Tells You

Sometimes, it is hard for an employer to keep track of just which laws apply to it. For instance, how many employees do you need to be regulated by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)? If you are a public… continue

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Apple Store Lawsuit Shows How Hard It Can Be to Know What’s Work Under the FLSA

Many people may know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires an employer to pay nonexempt employees the minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
Most of the time,… continue

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E-Cigarettes in the Workplace: Productivity Tool or Looming Health Scare?

Electronic cigarettes (a.k.a., e-cigarettes or e-cigs) are a growing trend in the US, including in the workplace. When it comes to these vaporized devices, there are a lot of questions:

Are they actually healthier than regular cigarettes?

Assuming they are… continue

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Troubling workplace bullying trend featured in new US podcast

It’s no secret that bullying is no longer simply the domain of the schoolyard. As many as 25 percent of US employees are reportedly harassed, threatened or attacked at work. There also are more than 1.5-million victims of workplace violence… continue

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