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Big Labor Has Some Cause for Optimism
Despite some setbacks, it's been a "good year for labor," according to a management attorney.

Benefits
Take Stock of ERISA Compliance on its 40th Anniversary
On the 40th anniversary of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), plan administrators should remember to ensure compliance with the law.

Comments Sought on Contraceptive Rules
The Obama administration issued a new proposed rule and interim final rule to accommodate employers with religious objections to providing contraceptive coverage.

Paid SIck Leave: Newest Wrinkle in Coordinating Leave
Coordinating leave has just become even more complicated with the appearance of paid sick leave ordinances.

EEOC Sues Employer's Wellness Program
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed the agency's first lawsuit to directly challenge a wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Compensation
Short Delay in Wage Payment May Violate FLSA
Lack of funds to pay wages, even for a short period, is no defense in a wage and hour action, the federal government is learning.

States Raise Minimum Wage in 2014
Despite gridlock in Congress on a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage, many lower-paid workers have seen their earnings increase due to recent changes in state requirements.

Six Ways to Modernize FLSA Overtime Regulations
The upcoming proposed rule to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations should do more than narrow the interpretation of the law's statutory exemptions, the HR Policy Association wrote in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

Diversity
Workplace Racism Persists, Diversity Training Needed
Racism isn't just a a sensitive topic in Ferguson, Mo. It remains a sensitive topic in the workplace.

Employee Relations
Late Disability Disclosure Didn't Prevent Lawful Discharge
An employee who is on the verge of being discharged can't compel his employer to keep him employed by revealing he has a disability for the first time at his termination meeting.

Global
Rubio Throws in Towel on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of the authors of the Senate's bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform, now says he thinks comprehensive immigration reform legislation is dead.

Labor Relations
Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States
Contrary to popular misconceptions, union organizing is not less prevalent in the 24 right-to-work states.

NLRB Strikes Down Employer's Internet Policy
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has identified the phrase "inappropriate discussions" as unlawfully vague language in an employer's Internet policy.

Safety & Security
Ban-the-Box Movement Goes Viral
Dozens of cities and states restrict employers from asking job applicants about criminal convictions.

Texas Loses Skirmish With EEOC Over Criminal Background Checks
Texas' attempt to throw up a roadblock to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on criminal background checks was steamrolled when a district court rejected the state's arguments that the guidance shouldn't apply to it.

 

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