Short-time compensation, also known as work sharing, allows employers to reduce employee work hours during economic setbacks. Employees’ lowered wages are supplemented by a percentage of the weekly unemployment compensation available to them. Short-time compensation allows employers to avoid layoffs, retaining their skilled work force; it allows employees to keep their jobs and benefits. For more information, visit Work In Progress, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor.… Read the rest
Category Archives: HR Law
Many states ban the burning of tobacco in the workplace, but what does the law say about the use of e-cigarettes? An article on Workforce.com notes that it is not illegal to ban e-cigarettes, and offers reasons why your company should consider a ban.… Read the rest
By Mindy Chapman, Esq.
Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission by Business Management Daily. View the original article here.
Over the next five years, an estimated 300,000 service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, will annually leave the military. Many will be rejoining your workforce, and federal law says they’re entitled to be given their jobs back. One court recently clarified that military employees may also be entitled to a discretionary promotion that they … Read the rest
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.
“Three million injuries are three million too many,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “With the … Read the rest
What happens to young adult’s insurance coverage after their 26th birthday? How should a freelancer estimate his or her income? How is income determined for an unemployed individual if he or she has a trust fund or other savings? The New York Times addresses the Affordable Care Act’s policies on reader questions.… Read the rest
May employers legally run criminal background checks to screen job applicants? If so, how are employers allowed to use this information? May an applicant with a criminal record be passed over on the basis of that criminal record, or must his or her case be individually assessed? On August 19, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) clarified its stance on these and other questions in an open letter titled “What You Should Know: EEOC’s Response to Letter from State … Read the rest
Private businesses are pushing back against the Affordable Care Act‘s requirement that employer health plans cover birth control without co-payment. Three federal appeals courts have ruled on the issue, with two upholding the ACA’s rule and one ruling that requiring birth control coverage violates the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The New York Times editorial board weighs in.… Read the rest
Do your employees know and follow the correct procedure for taking federally mandated leave? The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee must give employer proper notice before taking FMLA leave. For more information, read HR Hero’s discussion of the case, or read the court’s opinion.… Read the rest
Every year between August 1 and September 30, employers must report the demographics of their workforce to the Joint Reporting Committee of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Gary S. Fealk of HR Hero offers a breakdown of who reports, where to report and consequences of not filing.
Read more about EEO reporting at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website. … Read the rest
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