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► Considerations in Mandatory Vaccination Policies

February 26, 2024

Employers worried about the safety of employees and clients, especially during the annual flu season, have moved toward implementing vaccination policies in the workplace. At the time of this writing, health officials are warning that early 2024 could evolve into a “tri-demic” as the ...

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► Supreme Court Cases to Watch For in 2024

February 21, 2024

The Supreme Court has wrapped up its last argument session of 2023, with several key employment law cases still awaiting decisions by the end of the current Term in June. Others are still awaiting oral argument or a decision on whether to grant a hearing at all. In this three-part series we ...

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► Most Common Employee Complaints to HR

February 19, 2024

Both HR professionals and managers are well aware of the tendency for employees to complain. And, while neither group enjoys dealing with complaints, it can’t be avoided. Some of the complaints could be avoided, though, by being aware of the most common frustrations facing employees and ...

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► How to Keep A Five-Generation Workforce Happy

February 16, 2024

We’re in an unprecedented moment for people leaders. “This is the first time in our history in the United States of having  five generations at work ,” says Larry Callahan, MA, chief people officer at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health, which has ...

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► DOL's Final Contractor Rule Returns to 6-Factor Test

February 13, 2024

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published its final rule on the classification of workers as either employees or independent contractors (ICs). Under the rule, the DOL returns to the “totality of the circumstances test,” with a focus on workers’ economic dependency on ...

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► Reframe From Criticism to Become a Better Motivator

February 12, 2024

Be honest: Are you a good motivator at work? Scott Adams, the author of Reframe Your Brain: The User Interface for Happiness and Success , likely disagrees with your answer. But he gives us a way to rethink—or, as he puts it, reframe—our mindset on motivation. I, too, spend a lot of ...

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► Biden Issues Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence

February 6, 2024

On October 30, 2023, President Joe Biden signed an  Executive Order (EO) on the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of artificial intelligence (AI). The EO directs numerous federal agencies to take actions aimed at addressing the benefits and poten-tial downsides that come ...

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► New Contractor Rule Brings Big Changes - if it Survives

January 24, 2024

A final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) means employers can expect a much tougher time justifying a worker’s status as an independent contractor—a fact that has big implications for the gig economy and has attorneys who advise employers urging caution. The  final ...

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► Severance Payout: Lessons from Texas A&M's $75 Million Mistake

January 22, 2024

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ve likely heard of this severance payout received by former A&M football coach, Jimbo Fisher. While you will never deal with this type of buy-out, the saga teaches us a great deal about hiring decisions, employment contracts, and, well, human ...

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► What to Expect from EEOC in 2024

January 19, 2024

In 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finally received its full slate of commissioners with three Democrats (Chair Charlotte Burrows, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels, and Commissioner Kalpana Kotagal) and two Republicans (Commissioners Andrea Lucas and Keith Sonderling). In ...

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