Corporate Services, Inc. News (2018)
United Airlines' Bonus Debacle
In case you might have missed it, United announced to employees in early March a plan to replace its quarterly operational bonus and perfect-attendance program with a lottery program... on which United almost immediately decided to hit "the pause button."more
FMLA Suit: Was Surveillance Justified or Retaliation
Just because the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives employers the ability to initiate surveillance on employees they suspect of abusing their leave, it does not mean you should take such a drastic step.more
Dealing With the Opioid Crisis: Three Important Steps for HR
The opioid crisis has invaded the majority of workplaces, and for human resources professionals, controlling this growing problem can seem like an impossible task.more
Was an Employee Fired for Being Rude... or French?
If an employee is "aggressive, rude and disrespectful," you have a pretty good reason to fire them, right? But what if that behavior is cultural, and they claim discrimination?more
A New Orleans Saints Cheerleader Claims Players Get Better Treatment: Discrimination?
Is it really discrimination if football players get preferential treatment over cheerleaders?more
New Wisconsin Legislation to Preempt Most Local Employment Ordinances
In recent years, cities, counties, and other local government bodies across the country have enacted ordinances increasing the minimum wage, granting paid and unpaid sick leave, placing restrictions on how employees are scheduled, and requiring employers to enter into "labor peace agreements" with unions.more
Eight of the Strangest Excuses for Being Late to Work, 2018 Edition
Whether it is traffic or an alarm not going off, tardy employees always have an excuse. But sometimes, their reasons for being late are far more ridiculous.more
Handling the Tricky Questions in FMLA Intermittent Leave
Intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be difficult to navigate and not all intermittent leave requests are equal. Here is a look at some of the most common scenarios and how to handle them.more
Court Ruling Highlights When Alcoholism Is and Is Not ADA-Protected
A recent case regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) shows that saying you are disabled and proving it in court are two very different things.more
Ex-DOL Administrator Warns About New OT Rule: 'Don't Throw Away Your Old Pay Plans'
While the majority of industry experts expect the Department of Labor (DOL) to create a new overtime rule that sets the salary threshold somewhere in the $33K ballpark, there is at least one person who sees a scenario where employers will have to comply with the originally proposed $47K threshold. And there is good reason to take what she says very seriously.more
Three Little Words Just Cost an Employer $50K
A recent lawsuit taught managers what not to say as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) showed, once again, that a small comment can end up costing an employer big.more
'No Donuts, Except on Fridays' and Eight Other Crazy Workplace Rules
Every workplace has some annoying or outdated rules, but there are some office rules that are downright ridiculous — although, we all know there was likely a reason for the rule at some point, however outlandish it may appear to someone on the outside.more
A Blueprint to Providing an Employee With a Religious Accommodation
On March 9, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Florida, et al) decided a case for a Seventh Day Adventist who made claims against his employer for religious discrimination, failure to accommodate religious practices, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII).more
What's Keeping HR Up?
In Human Resource Executive's 2018 What's Keeping HR Up at Night survey, retaining key talent in a recovering economy and attracting a diverse workforce are growing concerns.more
Study: Most Employees Think They Deserve Extra Vacation Days for Not Smoking
Though the number of smokers in the U.S. is continually shrinking, there are still enough workers taking smoke breaks to cause some problems with non-smoking employees.more
IRS Reduces Family HSA Contribution Limit For 2018
On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2018-18 under Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2018-10, reducing from $6,900 to $6,850 the maximum amount an individual with family coverage may contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for the 2018 calendar year.more
Inside the EEOC's Strategic Plan
The new Strategic Plan from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) features a heightened focus on sexual harassment and a commitment to education.more
Employers Get PAID: But is DOL's New Program as Good as It Sounds?
When it comes to enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the notion of a more employer-friendly Department of Labor (DOL) is quite foreign to human resources professionals. But with the agency's latest move, it seems like that is exactly what it is going for.more
20-State Suit Claims ACA Just Became 'Unconstitutional': What Now?
Just when you thought the fight to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was finally over, a brand new chapter of the ACA-repeal saga has emerged.more
From Cocktail Requests to Naps: The 10 Worst Job-Interview Performances
With half of employers making their minds up about candidates within the first five minutes of the interview, both parties know how important it is to make a good first impression.more
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