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Hiring and Promotion in Compliance – Wait for Great

The role of Human Resources (HR) in anti-corruption programs, based upon the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or UK Bribery Act, is often underestimated. I come from a HR background and practiced labor law early in my...more

Tips for Taking Advantage of California’s Extended Unemployment Appeal Deadline

Busy human resources (HR) managers will be relieved to know that California has done something to make their job just a little easier. The State of California recently enacted legislation extending the time period to appeal...more

Rejected HR Manager's Manipulations May Legally Bind Employer

Many human resource professionals have had to deal with the aftermath of failed workplace romances. When the rejected suitor is the other employee’s supervisor, the employer can face serious consequences regardless of its...more

Social Media Is Part of Today’s Workplace but its Use May Raise Employment Discrimination Concerns

Experts Tell EEOC That Use of Social Media by Employers, Applicants and Employees May Implicate the Laws EEOC Enforces - WASHINGTON-The use of social media has become pervasive in today's workplace and, as a result, is...more

Did You Know…San Francisco “Bans The Box”: Are Your Job Applications Up To Snuff?

San Francisco recently “banned the box” by adopting the Fair Chance Ordinance, which prohibits the popular criminal history check box on employment applications. Last year, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 530...more

Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab “Disabled” Under the TCHRA?

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) provides that a “current condition of addiction” to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered “disability.” In Melendez v. Houston Independent School District...more

U.S. Department of Justice Cautions Employers to Ensure that Electronic I-9 Systems Comply with I-9 Requirements

In a recent meeting between the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the OSC cautioned that...more

EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks

User-Friendly Documents for Employers, Job Applicants, and Employees Explain Laws Governing the Acquisition and Use of Personal Background Information - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Employment Law Reporter - March 2014: Constructive Voluntary Quitting?

Many employers are familiar with the concept of constructive wrongful termination, a legal theory invoked by plaintiffs who claim that they were forced to quit as a result of intolerable and illegal working conditions. But...more

Employment Law Advisory for March 5, 2014: San Francisco Follows Emerging Trend, Restricts Use of Criminal Records by Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco passed a new law, the Fair Chance Ordinance, that follows an emerging trend and restricts an employer’s ability to seek and utilize information regarding the criminal records of applicants...more

San Francisco Passes Fair Chance Ordinance Restricting Employers’ Ability to Use Criminal History Information

San Francisco has “banned-the-box” on employment applications and has added other restrictions on private employers’ ability to obtain and use criminal history information. The City and County of San Francisco Board of...more

San Francisco "Bans the Box" for Private Employers and City Contractors

The Mayor of San Francisco recently signed an ordinance that prohibits private employers and city contractors and subcontractors (collectively "contractors") from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until...more

San Francisco “Bans The Box” For Private Employers

As we first discussed here, “ban the box” state laws and local ordinances are picking up traction nationwide. Measures vary in scope and nature, but the typical policy bars employers from asking for criminal history...more

E-Verify: Enrollment Up, But DHS Is on the Prowl for Misuse

The United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has been very successful in increasing the number of employers that participate in the E-Verify program. As of late January 2014, over 500,000 employers are enrolled...more

Background Check Forms Face Increased Scrutiny in Federal Court

Businesses should check their background check consent forms and their pre-adverse action waiting periods, after a recent federal court decision out of Pennsylvania. ...more

Rocky Mountain High: Colorado High Court to Weigh in on Employers’ Ability to Enforce Drug Policies in the Face of...

Last week the Colorado Supreme Court decided to review a 2013 appellate court decision holding that Colorado employers may lawfully terminate employees for their off-duty use of medical marijuana even if they are not impaired...more

Are Employment Contracts Always Terminable At the Will of Either Party?

In states where employment is generally considered “at-will,” many employers take it as a foregone conclusion that employment contracts are terminable at the will of either party. But is this conclusion always correct? The...more

New North Carolina Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants for Information About Expunged Criminal Arrests, Charges, and...

Imagine a scenario where the applicant you are about to hire as Chief Financial Officer was convicted of a crime, perhaps embezzlement, that he managed to get expunged, but you’ll never know because you can’t ask him about...more

The Plan Checklist That Every Retirement Plan Sponsor Needs

While they don’t have a book called Retirement Plan Sponsorship for Dummies, they should. So in the interim, here is a checklist that plan sponsors should review that can help them develop good practices and avoid unnecessary...more

EEOC Settlement Reminds Employers That GINA Prohibits Requesting Family Medical History

?While the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) has proven to be the least-litigated of the federal anti-discrimination laws, a recent settlement obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Is An “Unlimited” Leave Policy Good Business For You?

A growing number of businesses are considering “unlimited” leave policies for their exempt employees. Unlimited leave policies are excellent recruiting and retention tools that can foster a culture of trust and productivity...more

State prohibition on same-sex marriages found unconstitutional

The last several months have witnessed a flurry of court activity regarding same-sex marriage laws. On Tuesday, January 14, Oklahoma joined that activity with an order and opinion issued by Tulsa’s federal court....more

Act Now Advisory: January 2014 New Arrival: New York City's Reasonable Accommodation Law (and Accompanying Notice Requirements)...

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled "New York City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees"), on October 2, 2013, former New York City Mayor Michael...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

Act Now Advisory: Court's Ruling That Employees Have No Blanket Entitlement to Take Employer's Confidential Documents for...

In a case that may have a broad impact, the New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision on December 24, 2013, upholding criminal charges against a former school board clerk who took hundreds of confidential documents for...more

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