Financial Reform’s Hidden Surprise: Diversity Requirements

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (also known as “financial reform” or “the Wall Street bill”) made headlines when President Barack Obama signed it into law on July 21. However, many employers probably don’t realize the legislation contains diversity provisions that could affect them if they are contractors, subcontractors, or service providers […]

Ninth Circuit Again Allows EEOC to Pursue Navajo-Preference Claim

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 allows employers on or near an Indian reservation to give preferential treatment to Indians living in the vicinity. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) takes the position that this provision doesn’t permit preference for members of a particular tribe. In the continuing saga of a […]

September 15 — October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month 2010

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, President Lyndon B. Johnson was authorized by Congress to declare National Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988, Congress expanded the celebration, and September 15 was chosen as the beginning of the  monthlong event because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El […]

Scantily-Clad, Pierced, Tattooed: How to Draw the Line

Can’t people just dress right? It’s such a hassle dealing with employees with prominent tattoos, midriff-baring tops, and see through materials. Let’s let the famous HR Red Book® sort it out. Dress codes. Most every company needs one, but putting together a policy that everyone understands, and that complies with government requirements isn’t easy. For […]

Watch Your Mouth

Forgive me for repeating myself, but The Office was a repeat last night. Thankfully it was the last repeat before next week’s season premier, Thursday, Sept. 23 on NBC. Moving on. This was the episode where Jo sought to uncover who blew the whistle on Sabre’s faulty explosive printers. There really didn’t seem to be […]

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Death By Meeting

OK, I’ll admit it, I don’t like meetings. I’ve never been a big believer in meetings. And while I know that sometimes meetings are necessary, I avoid them as much as possible. You see, I think Peter Drucker had it right when he said, “Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the […]

Health Care Reform Gives Employer Wellness Programs a Boost — But Be Careful

by  Susan Fahey Desmond Well, here it is — the Health Care Reform and Control Act. Beginning January 1, 2014, every individual will be required to have “minimum essential coverage” through individual market, employer-provided or certain other coverage (e.g., Medicare or CHIP).  Also, beginning January 12, 2014, any employer who employed an average of 50 […]

#1 Rule of Holiday Party Planning: Avoid Lawsuits

By Stephen D. Bruce, PHR Editor, HR Daily Advisor The holiday party—a traditional HR role that sounds simple, but can quickly turn into an expensive legal disaster. “With the let-loose attitude of holiday parties, employers often disregard the liabilities involved, especially when alcohol is being served.” says attorney Christopher J. Boman. It’s natural for employers […]

Credibility Determinations—Every HR Manager Better Know How

In yesterday’s Advisor, attorneys Michael Soltis and Allison Bogosian shared investigation tips. Today, their take on the ticklish business of credibility determinations, and an introduction to a new training system that will help with all your training requirements. Soltis and Bogosian are attorneys at the Stamford, Conn. offices of nationwide employment law firm Jackson Lewis. […]

September 23: The First Step on Road to Health Care Reform Compliance

By Tamara S. Killion Groom Law Group, Chartered On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Among other things, the Act dramatically changes health insurance coverage, including employer-provided health insurance and employer-sponsored group health plans (together, “group health plans”). The law is complex and has many […]