Corporate Services, Inc. News (2017)
State of Paid Parental Leave: Who Offers It and How Much Time Do They Give?
Much has been written about how generous paid parental leave will soon become a standard benefit at most companies. But how many firms are really offering it and how generous is the perk?more
Facebook Photos Show FMLA Abuse, Does Court Dismiss Case?
If an employee is supposed to be on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) because a medical condition prevents him for handling the day-to-day tasks of his job, one might think a couple of photos of him frolicking on a Caribbean island during the leave would be enough to prove he was abusing his FMLA leave. And it probably could have been.more
EEOC Outlines Four New Approaches to Fight Workplace Harassment
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one-third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. But the agency is taking steps to help both workers and managers handle the problem.more
Wellness Program Requirements and Retaliation: An Expensive Mix
Employers are allowed to employ "negative incentives" to boost wellness program participation. But as this case proves, you must tread carefully.more
Another Delay on Overtime Rule: Will DOL Regulations Ever Have Their Day in Court?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has already been granted two extensions in submitting its final brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the final overtime rule, but it looks like that still was not enough.more
Is McDonald's new application process the future of hiring?
If you want to attract younger employees, it is probably not a bad idea to allow them to apply using whatever technology they are most comfortable with. And McDonald's is willing to do just that.more
Human Resources Professionals Relieved When ACA Replacement Bill Is Pulled
Everybody knows that the GOP's attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came to a rather ignominious end. But how did the human resources community feel about that outcome?more
The Firing Checklist Every Human Resources Professional Should Use
Firing staff members is stressful — which is why so many human resources professionals sometimes hurry the process along to get it over with. But that can be a big mistake.more
Treasury Releases Report on Employer Mandate Enforcement
On April 7, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) published a report on the "Assessment of Efforts to Implement the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision." This report provides clues to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enforcement initiatives with regard to the employer mandate.more
Contradictory Rulings on Rights Under Title VII: High Court Showdown Imminent?
A federal appeals court in Chicago just ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.more
Why the Fight Over DOL's Overtime Rule Could Rage On... For a While
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) overtime rule is not dead yet. In fact, it has a big ally.more
Think Trump Administration Is Going to Streamline Regulations? Could Be a Long Wait
Hoping that the Trump administration is going to ease employers' regulatory burden over the next year or so? I am afraid we may have some bad news.more
ACA Repeal Bill Nixed: What Is Next for Healthcare Reform, Employers?
The Republicans' best attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to date has been axed. Where does that leave employers and what can they expect next?more
National Origin, Religious Bias Cases Remain High on EEOC Agenda
National origin and religion are highly sensitive topics in American culture and politics these days — and the workplace is no exception. Check out these two recent cases from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).more
Four Ways Managers Can Mess Up Progressive Discipline
Most companies have established a system of progressive discipline for dealing with employees with performance or behavior problems. Too often, though, managers can derail the process.more
Bill Allowing Firms to Ask for Workers' Genetic Information Passes First Hurdle
A new bill from the U.S. House of Representatives would give employers a lot more freedom with their wellness program requests — and essentially override the protections under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).more
Laws Banning Salary History on the Rise: Is Your Company Affected?
Even though a federal bill aimed at preventing employers from asking job applicants to provide a salary history appears to have stalled, many finance departments may want to still avoid salary history questions.more
FMLA Violations: Expect Double Damages to be New Normal, Ruling Says
As if you need another reason to double-check your managers' Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) training, a recent court ruling just gave employers a pretty big one.more
GOP Health Reform Bill Clears First Two Hurdles: What Is Next?
Republicans just moved one step closer to fulfilling their promises to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How much further do they have to go?more
Oral Arguments Held in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held long-awaited oral arguments in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB. The case will be critical in defining joint employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and could have significant ramifications throughout the business community.more
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