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News from the 2015 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference

Minimize Potential Liability with Social Media
Social media can unearth some deal-breaking surprises during the application process, but a company should leave the checking of social media web sites to HR, not managers, to minimize potential liability, attorney Jonathan Segal told attendees.

Workplace Laws and Regulations Under Scrutiny in 2015
Immigration reform, the Working Families Flexibility Act and the Affordable Care Act are among the many public-policy issues before the 114th Congress that affect employers and their workforces. It’s imperative that HR professionals keep abreast of such policies and federal regulatory activity, said Michael P. Aitken, SHRM vice president of government affairs, during the conference's opening address.

Things You Never Say to a Pregnant Worker
With pregnancy discrimination claims growing at a faster rate than in any other protected category, it’s critical that employers know what comments and behavior to avoid when dealing with workers who are expecting, attorney Courtney Barksdale Perez said during a concurrent session.

SHRM Research: Some Employers Cutting Part-Timers’ Hours Due to ACA
A meaningful number of U.S. employers have reduced the total number of their part-time employees’ weekly hours due to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide health coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours per week, according to a March 2015 survey report from SHRM.

401(k) Participants Focus on Funds, Not Contribution Level NLRB General Counsel Offers Guidance on Employee Handbooks Mass.: Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015

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