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.

DOL’s Final Independent Contractor Rule Returns to Six-Factor Test

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published its final rule on the classification of workers as either employees or independent contractors (ICs). Under the rule, the DOL returns to the “totality of the circumstances test,” with a focus on workers’ economic dependency on their employers. Why Properly Determining Worker Status Is Important Whether a […]

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Supreme Court Employment Law Cases in 2024:  What to Watch for, and Why – Part 2

In this three-part series, we are exploring the major employment law cases that we are keeping an eye on for 2024. Our last article looked at two cases that have been briefed and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, we are turning our attention to major employment law cases that are awaiting oral argument […]

HR Works Podcast: Love & The Workplace: HR Strategies for Managing Office Relationships

Guest: Vanessa Matsis-McCready, Vice President of HR Services and Associate General Counsel at Engage PEO Has the perception of workplace romance evolved in recent years? What are some of the common challenges that HR teams still run into with romantic office relationships, and how can the introduction of ‘love contracts’ provide a practical, effective solution […]

Case Study: Can Joy at Employee Firing Be Evidence of FMLA Violation?

Here’s a tale from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Texas employers), which told a Texas trial court that it erred in dismissing a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation lawsuit against the city of Granbury. In deconstructing the appeals court’s opinion, we see how judges—like each and […]

Navigating the ‘Tridemic’: Employer Considerations in Mandatory Vaccination Policies

Employers worried about the safety of employees and clients, especially during the annual flu season, have moved toward implementing vaccination policies in the workplace. At the time of this writing, health officials are warning that early 2024 could evolve into a “tri-demic” as the flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) spread at the same […]

Ask the Expert: Can Time Increments Play a Role in Company PTO Policies?

Question: What’s the minimum amount of time we can require exempt employees to use their paid time off (PTO)? Under our benefits policy, a half day (four-hour deductions) for exempt employees is usually OK, and our nonexempt employees can take PTO one hour at a time, but could we require a similar two-hour increment for […]

Why Solving the ‘Work Problem’ Is A Must for CEOs

CEOs across the healthcare industry are losing sleep thinking of ways to alleviate workforce challenges. While there isn’t one simple solution, AtlantiCare Health System president and CEO Michael Charlton thinks he and his peers should be focusing on one area in particular: lessening the work that is causing burnout and mass exits by workers at all levels. […]

How to Keep A Five-Generation Workforce Happy

We’re in an unprecedented moment for people leaders. “This is the first time in our history in the United States of having five generations at work,” says Larry Callahan, MA, chief people officer at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health, which has more than 22,300 workers across 16 hospitals and more than 750 care locations throughout the […]

HR Works Podcast: Show Me The Money! The Rising Trend of Pay Transparency

Guest: Lauren Winans, CEO and Principal HR consultant of Next Level Benefits How has the growth and embrace of pay transparency impacted the hiring process in 2024? Does pay transparency offer more to organizations than just checking-box for compliance, and what are the common concerns that accompany pay transparency for HR teams? In this latest […]

4 Consequences of Neglecting Employee Engagement

Human resources departments have a lot of balls to keep in the air. There’s recruitment, retention, resignations—essentially, your job is ensuring that a company’s workforce is present and capable. That’s no small feat. But in the hustle and bustle of firing and hiring, it’s easy to overlook the importance of employee engagement. Employee engagement is […]