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► How to Manage the Anxiety and Stress of Layoffs

August 21, 2023

Navigating the anxiety and stress of layoffs as a company is never an easy task. HR leaders need to tend to the needs of not only those who are being laid off but also those who will remain in their roles. At the Top Employers Institute, we certify companies that promote a ...

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► Essential Elements of a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan

August 17, 2023

An unfortunate issue employers continue to face is the rise of workplace violence. The most recent  statistics  from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show 392 workplace homicides and 37,060 nonfatal workplace injuries resulting from an intentional injury by another person in ...

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► Child Labor Violations on the Rise in 2023

August 15, 2023

According to a February 2023  news release  by the Department of Labor (DOL), child labor violations are on the rise, with the department seeing a 69% increase in violations since 2018. While minors are permitted to work in some occupations, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ...

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► EEOC Issues Rule to Implement The PWFA

August 11, 2023

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The NPRM was posted by the Federal Register for public inspection and will be published for public comment in the Federal Register ...

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► New Form I-9 Release; DHS Allows E-Verify Employers to Remotely Examine I-9 Documents

August 1, 2023

On July 21, 2023, the USCIS announced that a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (edition date 08/01/23), will be released on August 1, 2023. The new stream-lined and shortened I-9 version includes a checkbox employers enrolled in E-Verify can use to indicate they remotely ...

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► Independent Contractor vs. Employee: NLRB Reverses Ruling

July 24, 2023

When National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members’ terms expire and new members are appointed by the sitting president, prior Board decisions are often reversed—even fairly recent ones. The current Board recently reversed a Trump-era ruling about whether individuals are independent ...

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► Supreme Court Ruling Raises Questions about Workplace DEI Efforts

July 21, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against using race as a factor in college admissions doesn’t directly affect employers, but it’s sparking worries about a backlash aimed at efforts to increase diversity in the workplace. In a June 29 decision, the Court ruled 6-3 that ...

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► Noncompete Agreements May Be on the Way Out

July 20, 2023

Noncompete agreements, which restrict a worker’s ability to work for a competitor, have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. In 2018, Massachusetts instituted comprehensive noncompete reform, which includes limiting who can be asked to sign a noncompete agreement and other ...

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► Mass Layoffs: What Rights do Employees Have?

July 17, 2023

Mass layoffs have dominated the news cycle in the last several months. While many of these layoffs have impacted the tech sector, nontech employees aren’t immune. In light of this unfortunate trend, it’s critical that employers in all industries be aware of their employees’ ...

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► ICE Ends Form I-9 Flexibilities: What Employers Need to Know

July 13, 2023

All U.S. employers are required to complete Form I-9 for employees hired to work in the United States. This form serves to verify an employee’s identity and ability to work in the country. Within 72 hours of hire, employees must present their employer with acceptable identity and ...

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