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► Mitigating Risk During the Holiday Season

December 8, 2023

The holiday season is generally a time for celebration. However, employers should be particularly vigilant in their efforts to mitigate risk for employment claims. Below are some issues to keep in mind. Reducing risk at holiday parties Holiday parties offer a great opportunity to connect ...

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► H-2B Visas Could be the Solution for Your Business

November 24, 2023

Employers that struggle to fill temporary positions might consider H-2B visas as a possible solution to their hiring needs. What is an H-2B visa? An H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visa is a temporary (i.e., nonimmigrant) visa that allows foreign nationals to enter the United States ...

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► NLRB's Latest Rule Means Big Changes for Joint Employment

November 22, 2023

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new rule on joint employment puts more employers at risk of joint employer status, meaning they will bear more responsibility related to unionization, bargaining, and unfair labor practice charges. The Board’s new rule, issued October 26, ...

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► Judge Orders Southwest Attorneys to Religious Freedom Training

November 20, 2023

On August 7, 2023, U.S. District Judge Brantley Starr sanctioned three Southwest Airlines Co. attorneys for failing to comply with a court order after the company lost a religious bias lawsuit. The judge sanctioned the attorneys by ordering them to attend “training on religious ...

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► DOL Says Holiday Weeks Could be a FMLA Land Mine

November 17, 2023

For many, Labor Day weekend represents the last bastion of summer. It also ushers in a season of holidays, celebrations, and shortened workweeks throughout fall and winter. Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) published an opinion letter  cautioning employers to be wary of how ...

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► EEOC Releases Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2024 to 2028

November 15, 2023

On September 21, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  published  its strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years (FY) 2024 to 2028 in the Federal Register. The plan extends the agency’s focus to these additional areas: Expanding the vulnerable and ...

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► Alcoholic Employee Must Meet Performance Standards

November 10, 2023

A recent federal court decision notes that disabled employees or employees with substance abuse problems must comply with an employer’s policies and meet reasonable performance standards. Stephen Drizos, a long-term employee and financial advisor for PNC Investments, suffered from ...

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► EEOC Proposes New Harassment Guidance

November 6, 2023

On October 2, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employ-ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published in the Federal Register its notice of proposed guidance on “Enforcement Guidance of Harassment in the Workplace.” The guidance incorporates updates reflecting current case law governing workplace ...

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► The Office is Back! (Or is it?)

October 26, 2023

It’s the second half of 2023, and COVID fears have largely eased. But the debate still rages about the best environment for getting work done. Some employers are requiring people to return to the office full time—and they’re often getting pushback—and others are embracing ...

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► Take Care When Recovering Overpayments/Debt from Employees

October 20, 2023

There are three broad categories of deductions employers make from employee paychecks. The first, legally required deductions, comes in the form of income tax and wage garnish-ments. The second, deductions on employees’ behalf, is withholdings for insurance premiums or charitable ...

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