Tag: 2014

pagan ritual

Forced Pagan Ritual Ends in Discrimination Lawsuit for Virginia Employer

With a shortage of Catholic priests—and younger priests not looking at the task too favorably—there aren’t too many people left who will perform an exorcism. Whether you believe in demon possession or not, one thing is certain: The task is definitely not something for HR professionals! A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court […]

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yoga

Watch Out Employers! ‘Cute’ Could Be Seen as a Protected Class

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, but could being “cute” get added to this list? A recent decision from the New York appellate court has left […]

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teambuilding

Murder Mystery Solves Teambuilding Conundrum

Does your company utilize teambuilding exercises to create a more cohesive group of workers? If your company was relying on trust falls, blindfolding, and “human chains” as part of its teambuilding exercises, it sounds like you’re in desperate need of an exercise overhaul.

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emoji

Don’t Make That Face at Me!

Are you guilty of using emoji in work communications? I must confess, being a Millennial, I’ve used the smiley face in plenty of work-related e-mails and plenty of work e-mails that go out to other professionals not in this company. My rule of thumb is if someone else uses it first, that person won’t think […]

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New Wearable Gadget Isn’t High-Tech, But Does Offer Comfort

Every day, the news tells you that “such and such” is the “new silent killer.” One day, we’re told that sitting will lead to a premature death; so, we go out and buy standing desks. The next day, we’re told that too much standing is bad for our health, so now what? Do we squat […]

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robot

The Rise—and Fall—of the Machines

Are you part of the 14% of workers who are worried they’ll lose their jobs to automation? As HR technology advances, it’s no surprise that HR professionals may fear losing their jobs to robots, but technology isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be!

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ditch digging

‘Ditch Witch’ Ordered to Pay Nearly $200K in Restitution to Profit-Sharing Plan

Based on an investigation conducted by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. Secretary of Labor filed a civil complaint against Ditch Witch Equipment of Tennessee Inc., an underground utility construction equipment company, and Aubrey Needham, trustee of the company’s profit-sharing plan on April 29, 2014. According to a Department of Labor (DOL) press […]

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job fair

‘Fake’ Job Fair Attracts 300 Attendees

Nothing ever “dies” online. Once it’s out there, people will be able to access it forever; no matter how hard you try to remove it, there will always be some cached form living in obscurity online. Recently, an employer learned this firsthand, as a job fair posting from 2015 came back to life and attracted […]

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COBRA

Employer Able to Fend Off COBRA Claim Thanks to Clear Notice Procedures

When an employee is terminated from employment and loses group health plan coverage (subject to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)), plan administrators should ensure that all qualified beneficiaries are sent, in a timely fashion, COBRA election notices. Plan administrators are not required to ensure actual receipt of the COBRA election notice, but a good-faith […]

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