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.

Implications of Changes in the PUMP Act

Breast milk can be incredibly important for a baby’s health, making the ability to express milk while at work a top priority for new mothers.  The PUMP Act provides nursing mothers the right to take breaks and to have a place to express milk during the workday. This right extends for one year after the birth […]

Off to a Healthy Start: Nurturing Mental Wellbeing for Younger Workers

A new career is full of possibilities, but with these opportunities come challenges. The transition into the world of work can feel overwhelming at the best of times, and the current workplace dynamic has added challenges that hit young employees particularly hard. Remote and hybrid work arrangements offer employees flexibility and independence, but the lack […]

What to Do When You Get Sued: A Handy HR Guide to Litigation

Many HR professionals may relate to the “oh no, what now?” moment when they first learn an employment-related lawsuit has been filed. Although employers would prefer to avoid litigation entirely, it’s important for HR departments to have systems in place to assist with prelitigation and discovery needs. The litigation process can be separated into four […]

NLRB

NLRB Extends NLRA Protection to Discussions of Race in the Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel publicly issued on February 27, 2023 an Advice Memorandum confirming the agency’s view that workplace discussions about racism are protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The memo is significant in that it demonstrates that the current NLRB considers retaliation […]

9 Strategies to Effectively Manage Your Hybrid Workforce

Managing remote employees can be tricky, but it’s possible to overcome the challenges inherent in the hybrid workplace. Hybrid work plans, which combine in-office and remote work, are becoming increasingly popular as employees seek a balance between both models. Hybrid work plans give employees the opportunity to interact with one another in the office while […]

Case Study: Day-Rate Rules Result in Overtime Pay for Exempt Highly Compensated Employee

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a daily-rate worker who earned over $200,000 annually wasn’t exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements. In an opinion authored by Justice Elena Kagan, the Court held that compensation based on a daily rate didn’t satisfy the “salary basis test,” which is required for an employee to […]

Religious Discrimination: New Employer Obligations on Their Way

The title is a prediction, not a done deal. But no later than June 2023, I believe the U.S. Supreme Court will jettison a 46-year-old case that neutered an employer’s obligation to reasonably accommodate all aspects of an employee’s religious observance or practice. And what will the vote be? 9-0. Read on. How Did We […]

Ja Morant’s Return Following an 8-Game Suspension: Key Takeaways for Employers when Handling an Employee’s Off-Duty Misconduct

On March 20, 2023, following an eight-game suspension, Memphis Grizzlies’ two-time all-star point guard, Ja Morant, returned to play in an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets. Grizzlies fans welcomed him back with cheers and a standing ovation when he came off the bench after missing a total of nine games, eight of which […]

It’s Time to Review Severance Agreements in Light of NLRB Ruling

A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in McLaren Macomb has both union and non-union employers taking a second look at their severance agreements. In the case, the board decided an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by offering furloughed employees severance agreements that contained confidentiality and nondisparagement provisions. What […]

True or False: Opposing Discrimination Gives Green Light for Employee Misconduct

Here’s an urban myth: An employee who opposes potential employer discrimination must be treated with kid gloves after complaining. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings cover Texas employers) recently stated that this proposition is, indeed, a myth. Oppose, Oppose, Oppose Emilio Lira worked as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. Between November […]