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.

News Flash: $8 Million Settlement For Female CBS TV Technicians

CBS has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit brought by the EEOC. More than 200 women technicians working at CBS television stations across the country, including about 50 employees at KCBS in Los Angeles who will share in the settlement, claimed they were discriminated against and passed over […]

News Flash: Radio Operator Wins $600,000 In Lawsuit

An African-American radio operator who claimed she suffered racial and sexual harassment by co-workers and supervisors at Aeronautical Radio Inc. has received a $600,000 award from an Alameda County jury. Charisse Rogers alleged that she was subjected to displays of pornography, inappropriate sexual comments, photos of employees in KKK garb, and frequent racial jokes and […]

News Notes: Independent Contractor’s Employee Can Sue If You Provide Unsafe Equipment

According to a recent California Court of Appeal decision involving Wal-Mart, you can be sued by an independent contractor’s employee if you supply equipment that’s involved in an accident injuring the worker. Wal-Mart had hired Musi-Cal to install a sound system in the retailer’s Chino, Calif., store. The work involved placing speakers and running wires […]

News Notes: Free Posters Available On New Labor Department Web Page

The federal Department of Labor has launched a new Web page to help employers comply with posting requirements for a number of federal laws. By answering a series of questions, you can determine which federal posters you must display and then print them directly from the Internet. The Web page also lists who to contact […]

News Notes: Worker Who Watches TV Church Services Claims Religious Discrimination

Tyson Foods has agreed to change its religious accommodation policies to settle Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges that the Arkansas poultry processor discriminated against a worker who watched Sunday church services on television. Tyson fired Afton Bolen from his job as a fryer operator for refusing to come in on Sundays, despite its policy of […]

News Notes: Judge Slashes Huge Verdict Against Wonder Bread

A San Francisco judge has dramatically sliced a recent jury award of over $131 million to African-American workers who were discriminated againstby their employer, Interstate Bakeries Corp. Calling the verdict against the maker of Wonder Bread excessive, the judge reduced the original award, which included compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering, together with […]

Recruiting Workers: Sample Anti-Raiding Agreement

Our accompanying story looks at the issues raised when a former employee lures away existing workers. Having employees sign an “anti-raiding agreement” is one way to deal with this problem. In general, these contracts are more likely to be upheld by a court if they’re for a limited period of time, such as one year. […]

Retaliation Claims: Court Rules Employers May Now Be Sued When Co-Workers Retaliate; 3 Important Steps To Prevent Lawsuits

It may come as a surprise that employers can now be sued if co-workers harass an employee who has made a workplace complaint. A recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision has broadened the liability of employers for retaliation to include not just supervisors’ acts, but also the hostile conduct of other employees. We’ll offer […]