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Google Points the Way to Productive Meetings

By BLR Founder and CEO Bob Brady Everyone says they hate meetings—yet they are a staple of 21st century business ritual. If we can’t meet in person, we do them on the phone or, increasingly, through such nifty gadgetry as GoToMeeting or Webex. Today, BLR’s founder and CEO Bob Brady shares what he’s learned from […]

Personnel Records: Police Officers Can’t Sue Even If Personnel Files Illegally Disclosed

A former Los Angeles police officer sued the city for improperly disclosing his personnel files in the course of a lawsuit accusing him of sexual misconduct with an underage police Explorer Scout. The court ruled that even if Los Angeles failed to follow the strict laws limiting disclosure of police personnel files, the officer had […]

News Notes: Back Wages Are Taxable In The Year Paid

In an appeal by the Cleveland Indians baseball team, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that back wages are subject to federal Social Security and unemployment taxes in the year they are paid, rather than in the year they were earned. The dispute arose out of a settlement of grievances asserted by major league baseball […]

Domestic Partners: New Law Expands Workplace Rights

Gov. Davis has signed into law a sweeping measure that expands domestic partner rights on insurance, sick leave and other issues. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2002. Expanded Workplace Rights For Domestic Partners These are the measure’s key provisions that will affect employers: Domestic partner definition. Domestic partners will include opposite-sex couples if at […]

California Supreme Court to Review Meal Period Issue

In recent months, the California appeals courts have grappled with whether the extra one-hour’s wages an employer must pay an employee for a missed meal or rest period amounts to a penalty or wages. A penalty carries a one-year time limit for an employee to file a claim; wages carry a three-year time limit. Now, […]

Survey Says: Most Offer Disability Insurance, but with Longer Waiting Periods

By Stephen Bruce, PhD, PHR Just My E-pinion LOGO Our ongoing BLR/HR Daily Advisor Employee Fringe Benefit Survey Series recently queried readers about disability and group insurance. Seventy-seven percent of respondents offer short-term disability, and 82 percent offer long-term disability. Meanwhile, 5 percent offer group auto insurance, 5 percent offer group homeowners’ insurance, and 13 […]

Bill Would Require Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy

A new bill would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees just as they do for those with disabilities. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S. 3565, is modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act and borrows some of its language. In the same way that ADA requires accommodations for workers with disabilities, it […]

Bulletin Item: Employer Not Liable for Client Harassment

The California Department of Veterans’ Affairs escaped liability for harassment one of its registered nurses endured from a resident of the veterans’ home where she worked. Although this is a victory for employers, the state Assembly is considering legislation that would hold employers liable when clients or customers harass employees. We’ll keep you posted as […]