Month: August 2017


U.S. Workplaces are Physically and Emotionally Demanding, New Study Finds

The American workplace is physically and emotionally taxing, with workers frequently facing unstable work schedules, unpleasant and potentially hazardous working conditions, and an often hostile social environment, according to a new study that probes working conditions in the United States.


Latest DOL FAQs Clarify Some Major Concerns About Fiduciary Rule

In a related move just ahead of disclosure of the proposed amendments to the fiduciary rule (See, DOL Seeks 18-Month Delay for Complying with Fiduciary Rule Exemptions), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on August 3 released another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the final fiduciary rule that became applicable on June 9.

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Requiring Drug Tests as a Condition of Employment: Cons

If you’ve been using a mandatory drug screening program as a condition of employment, perhaps you’re already aware that there are a lot of pros and cons involved with doing so. Many employers view such a program as mandatory because an employer has an obligation to provide a safe working environment.


EEO-1 form’s pay data component suspended

by Tammy Binford Employers may be breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement on August 29 that the pay data collection aspect of the EEO-1 form has been suspended. “We’re very excited about this,” Nita Beecher, an attorney with Fortney & Scott, LLC, in Washington, D.C., and an editor of Federal Employment Law Insider, […]


Diversity and inclusion: America’s CEOs are showing the path forward

by David S. Fortney and H. Juanita M. Beecher We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. —Intel CEO Brian Krzanich upon his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council The summer of 2017 has shown that American business is committed to, and prepared to defend, broad-based EEO and […]


New California Laws and HR Trends for 2017 and Beyond

Each year, California employers are faced with the task of keeping up with a whole new round of labor laws and regulations, most of them courtesy of the state legislature. This year is no exception, with many changes occurring midyear.  Staying up to date and ensuring compliance with these ever-changing state, local, and federal laws […]