Category: HR Management & Compliance

There are dozens of details to take care of in the day-to-day operation of your department and your company. We give you case studies, news updates, best practices and training tips that keep your organization fully in compliance with ever-changing employment law, and you fully aware of emerging HR trends.

It’s Party Time! Can Employers Deduct Costs for Internal Networking Events?

In 2020, the employer-employee relationship was forever altered. The COVID-19 outbreak disrupted industries, halted travel, and changed the way employees work. Employers have been forced to adapt to a tight employment market and workers’ needs. Some companies have decided to offer remote work opportunities and flexible schedules. With work from home becoming the norm, employers […]

NLRB Announces Plans for Rules on Joint Employment, Union Election Procedures

Employers should be on the lookout for new rules from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) related to the definition of joint employment as well as amendments to the Board’s rules on union election procedures made in April 2020. Joint Employment In its announcement of rulemaking priorities on June 21, the NLRB said it plans […]

One-Week Warning: OFCCP Contractor Portal Certification Deadline Approaches

By June 30, 2022, federal supply and service contractors with 100 or more employees are required to have registered and certified their establishment and maintenance of their affirmative action programs (AAPs). Although unresolved questions remain, the agency is finally answering some of the questions contractors have had since the portal opened. Registration Issues As a […]

Ask the Expert: Is a Summer Intern Eligible for Benefits?

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at HR Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber regarding benefits eligibility and requirements for temporary, full-time employees who are working as part of an internship program. Let’s see what our team of experts have to […]

To Zoom, or Not to Zoom? That is the Question 

There is a hot debate raging in our business ethos. As the pandemic seemingly winds down (fingers crossed), many companies are flirting with the idea of returning to the office. This has proven controversial, and companies are tackling this in a variety of ways. The “work from home” camp fires off a proverbial volley of […]

Coming Soon to a Store Near You: Union Organizing Campaign

After years of declining membership, unions are redoubling their efforts to sell their product (membership) to new customers. While they have long targeted grocery stores like Kroger and SuperValu, they are now moving into the so-called “new economy” by zeroing in on employers like Amazon and Starbucks.

Preventing Workplace Violence Through Situational Awareness

“What can we do?” This is among the most common questions I get after a major incident of violence. It’s not uncommon for there to be a heightened interest for a while, then things go back to “normal.” However, things feel different this time. As I’m writing this article, the news playing in the background […]

Mississippi Pay Equity Law Takes Effect on July 1

Currently, only one state does not have an equal pay law, and that state is Mississippi. On July 1, 2022, Mississippi will join all other states when its equal pay law goes into effect. Let’s take a closer look.

Disability Accommodations in Post-Pandemic Work-from-Home World

In years past, employees who requested remote working arrangements were often met with strong resistance from managers, who viewed such requests as excuses to shirk responsibilities. Holding firm to a “face time” mentality, many members of management believed employees simply couldn’t be efficient and focused if they routinely worked from home. Then, of course, the […]

DOL Issues New Guidance to Employers Warning About Retaliation

Retaliation continues to be at the top of the federal government’s priority list. In March 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new field assistance bulletin titled Protecting Workers from Retaliation, which addresses worker protections from retaliation under laws enforced by the agency’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The DOL pledged to “use every […]