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.

What to Expect from the EEOC in 2024

In 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finally received its full slate of commissioners with three Democrats (Chair Charlotte Burrows, Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels, and Commissioner Kalpana Kotagal) and two Republicans (Commissioners Andrea Lucas and Keith Sonderling). In addition, the EEOC now has a confirmed general counsel for the first time since 2021. Employers […]

HR Work Break Presents: Today’s Top 5 HR Buzzwords, Compliance Edition Infographic

Are you up to date on HR’s latest lingo? Leading up to HRDA’s HR Compliance Week 2024, running January 22-26, HR Work Break takes a look into important acronyms, phrases, and laws in the management and compliance space. Check out this infographic to learn more! Top 5 HR Buzzwords Compliance by BLR

Rule vs. NRLB: Telsa Dress Code Hums Along at E-Car Plant

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appeals court covering Texas) recently gave a green light to a dress code rule at a Telsa facility manufacturing electric cars. Read on. Dress for Success The Telsa facility gave each production employee what it called Team Wear: four black shirts and a black sweater, each […]

What Does the NLRB’s New Rule on Joint Employer Status Mean for Employers?

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued its most recent standard (the “2023 Rule”) for determining when two (or more) entities are considered “joint employers” under the National Labor Relations Act.  The 2023 Rule supplants the Board’s previous joint employer rule issued in 2020 (the “2020 Rule”) and expands the […]

Supreme Court Employment Law Cases: What to Watch For in 2024 (and Why)

The Supreme Court has wrapped up its last argument session of 2023, with several key employment law cases still awaiting decisions by the end of the current Term in June. Others are still awaiting oral argument or a decision on whether to grant a hearing at all. In this three-part series we explore the major […]

DOL’s New Contractor Rule Bringing Big Changes—if it Survives Challenges

A final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) means employers can expect a much tougher time justifying a worker’s status as an independent contractor—a fact that has big implications for the gig economy and has attorneys who advise employers urging caution. The final rule, announced on January 9 and scheduled to be published in […]

Severance Payout: Lessons from Texas A&M’s $75 million mistake

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ve likely heard of this severance payout received by former A&M football coach, Jimbo Fisher. While you will never deal with this type of buy-out, the saga teaches us a great deal about hiring decisions, employment contracts, and, well, human nature. Jimbo’s the One! The following facts are […]

How to Support Flexible Workers in 2024

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the COVID-19 pandemic changed work as we know it. One of the ways it unquestionably changed the American workforce was by making flexible work situations the norm. Remote workers, completing tasks on their own hours, were everywhere—and they were getting their jobs done. There are obviously benefits to […]

Bored No More: Strategies to Conquer ‘Boreout’ in the Workplace

Employee engagement is the lifeblood of a thriving workplace.  We are all familiar with burnout, which can drain the energy and enthusiasm from even the most dedicated employees.  Burnout’s lesser known cousin is boreout.  This phenomenon is a subtle yet potent form of disengagement that arises when employees feel unchallenged, unstimulated, and ultimately bored in […]