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Employers Beware: Repurposing HR Documents Can Create Liability

If you are like many HR professionals, when you are tasked with preparing documents like offer letters, noncompete agreements, or separation agreements, you start by pulling out a document that you have used in the past and...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2014

In This Issue: - Immigration. New proposal aimed at attracting highly-skilled immigrants. - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state. - Traditional. J. Hamilton Stewart and Matthew...more

How Big Does a Company Have to Be to Require a Code of Conduct?

Being in the tech industry, I’ve spent time in and around start-ups and of course I’ve worked for well-established companies as well. So I have firsthand knowledge of how organizations can evolve as they grow, both from a...more

A Vital Link to Any International Trade Compliance Program: The Human Resource Manager

Governments in every country are taking international trade compliance seriously. Unlike other company departments that heavily rely on automation to track supply chain compliance, those departments responsible for...more

NAVEX Global 2014 Hotline Benchmarking Report Webinar: Top Takeaways & Questions

Last week, Carrie Penman and I hosted the “Benchmarking Your Hotline: How Does Your Data Measure Up Against NAVEX Global’s 2014 Benchmarks?” webinar where we discussed top-level findings from NAVEX Global’s 2014 Hotline...more

“I See Working People” . . . Now What Should[N’t] I Do?

In This Presentation: *Payroll Professional? - Different from Human Resources (HR). - Just as important ..to ensuring your company does not violate local, state, & federal wage and hour laws. ..Because...more

Global HR Hot Topic—February 2014: International Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Employment Law Checklist

Belgium's Roger Blanpain, perhaps the world's preeminent professor of international employment law, once declared that "we live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action.…[Services] can be provided via the...more

The Culinary Aspects Of Homer’s Odyssey And Compliance Training

I recently came across a fascinating book entitled “The Meaning of Meat and the Structure of the Odyssey” by Egbert Bakker. In this work, Bakker looks at the culinary aspects of Odysseus’ journey home from the Trojan War. ...more

Wage and Hour Compliance Priorities for 2014

It is easy for us to recommend that employers conduct regular and comprehensive wage and hour audits that examine all facets of the employer’s pay practices to ensure compliance with the myriad of wage and hour laws. After...more

Global HR Hot Topic—January 2014: Employment Contracts Outside the United States

A Field Guide to Overseas Collective, Individual, Indefinite, Fixed-Term and Probationary Work Agreements - When a US organization sets out abroad and signs up staff overseas, the first obstacle it hits is deciding...more

Investigating Employee Complaints – An Employer’s Double Bind

An employee, having been notified of his impending termination, complains to his employer of discrimination. A human resources professional retained by the employer to investigate the complaint concludes that the employee...more

Improve Compliance Of Retirement And Group Health Plans In 2014

Retirement plan fiduciaries should consider the following best practices to improve their plan’s governance in 2014: (i) if fiduciary duties have been delegated, make certain that the delegations are in writing and are being...more

The Case for Quality in Ethics and Compliance Training

Why Quantity is not an Adequate Substitute - If your inbox looks anything like mine, it’s likely bombarded with daily messages about what is “most important” or “critical” for your compliance training program. You’ve...more

Bringing Human Resources Into The Compliance Tent

Companies are always fighting against stovepipes. It is inevitable but offices, divisions and/or functions within a company are always seeking an “advantage,” in competition against other parts of the company....more

FMLA Challenges in a Next-Generation Manufacturing World

Successful next generation manufacturers must work with their customers and suppliers as true partners in order to rapidly produce high-quality products....more

Failing To Recognize An Employee's Need For FMLA Leave Can Be A Costly, Painful Mistake

Employers, can we have a heart to heart? I need to get something off my chest. ...more

Does Your Email Policy Pass Muster? New NLRB Decision Offers Guidance

Amidst the flurry of major legal announcements see here and here from the U.S. Supreme Court in the last couple of weeks, a recent NLRB decision slipped through barely noticed, yet it may have more practical consequences for...more

Six Lessons that Redefine Focused Compliance Training: Lesson One

Lesson 1: Focus on the Biggest Risks Planning for 2014 is likely pressing on your mind, or it will be in a short time. You will be faced with answering a key perennial question--how should your organization allocate...more

Law360 Quotes Steve Pearlman on Keeping Whistleblower Complaints In-House

In a Law360 article (subscription required), Steve Pearlman, co-head of Proskauer’s Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group, offered ways for companies to minimize their potential whistleblower liability....more

Compliance Cop to Compliance Coach

In the previous two posts of this three-part series, I discussed the often hidden but real cost of continuing to employ problematic employees, and why this problem is so widespread. In this post, I’ll talk about how HR can...more

Get Out Of The Ivory Tower – Using Internal Corporate Resources To Facilitate The Compliance Function

The second day of Hanson Wade Oil and Gas Supply Chain Compliance conference in Houston packed as much solid information into it as did the first day. One of the sessions dealt with utilizing other corporate functions to...more

The 2012 Global Employer: Highlights of Littler's Fifth Annual Global Employer Institute

In this report: - I. Sustainable Innovations for a Changing Global Workforce - II. Forging a Global HR Team to Align with a Global Business: Transparency and Integration - III. Developing an Effective Global...more

How to Reach Your Audience in Compliance Training – The Use of Charisma

One often hears or reads about complaints that compliance training is dull, nay even boring. I mean, how many times can you expect someone to be lectured to on the riveting subject of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

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