New Documents
  • HR Guidance:
    What records retention requirements are mandated by state law or regulation?
  • What records retention requirements are mandated by state law or regulation? find out using this state-by-state comparison chart.

    View this chart in HTML.

    This chart covers state specific laws. For local ordinances, please visit the topic analysis page on Records.

  • This free webinar for subscribers will discuss a new BLR special report that’s chock-full of important information on the key provisions of the ACA you as an employer need to worry about, the effective dates looming on the horizon, and the action steps you must take to be prepared (and compliant) through 2018—when the final provision goes into effect.
  • HR News:
    After taking a relatively standard approach for more than 20 years that the so-called public-policy exception to at-will employment applies only to situations where an employer (1) requires an employee to violate criminal law or (2) the reason for the employee's termination is itself a violation of criminal law, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has changed the legal landscape. Read on to see what the court did.
  • “When it comes to workplace violence training, a lot of organizations are ‘doing the right thing the wrong way,’” says Jay Hart, director of Force Training Institute. So, how can trainers avoid those mistakes? “Just the words ‘workplace violence’ or ‘active shooter’ can frighten people and turn off their willingness to be open to your training program,” Hart says.
  • According to Glassdoor’s Q3 2015 Employment Confidence Survey, nearly four in five employees (79%) would prefer new or additional benefits to a pay increase.
  • Results of 3-year study by Cigna show that what workers don't know about correctable health conditions—they have—may not only affect their lives, but their bank accounts as well. Higher weight, high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar raise both health costs and out-of-pocket health expenses, says the study.
  • Telling a 58-year-old candidate for a job opening that he wasn't selected because the hiring committee was focused on "mid-career" candidates and the committee didn't want to hire "someone who had been around for a long time" results in an age discrimination claim going to trial.
  • A Pennsylvania federal court recently held that an employee's allegations that her female coworkers engaged in sexually explicit conduct were insufficient to establish a claim of same-sex harassment.
  • Union activity. A DUI. Accidental termination letters. Messy facts lead to messy results. This is an employment law case we all can learn from.
  • According to the CareerBuilder Veterans Day Job Forecast, 38% of employers are actively recruiting veterans over the next year, up from 33% in 2014 and 27% in 2013. Further, 47% have hired a veteran in the last year, compared to 44% in 2014, and 31% have hired a veteran who recently returned from duty.
  • The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is full of joy and celebration. But from stress and germs to distraction and overindulgence, it’s also fraught with hazards that can leave your employees ill, injured, or dispirited.
  • Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2016. Our new map shows the states that are increasing their minimum wages, including the new rate and amount of the increase.
  • By Ryan Jenkins
    Finding talent for your organization is an ongoing process. It’s even more ongoing today because the average work tenure of a Millennial is 2 years. These strategies should aid you in your quest to recruit the next generation of leaders.
  • It can be difficult to maintain a consistent performance evaluation process that clearly conveys constructive criticism and negative feedback when it's merited. A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit— which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—affirmed the dismissal of an employee's race discrimination claim, based largely on the employer's clear and consistent performance evaluations of him and others with whom he sought to be compared.
  • Could an indirect supervisor's age-related comments provide direct evidence of bias and therefore be a contributing factor in an employee's termination? The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) recently heard such a claim.

  • In September 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13665, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information.
  • With only one in five workers on track to retire at age 65, a new survey from Aon Hewitt—a global talent, retirement, and health solutions business—reveals U.S. employers are taking steps to help workers save more and improve their long-term financial outlook.
  • IT worker confidence has reached a new all-time high, according to the mid-year 2015 Randstad Technologies Employee Confidence Index (ECI).
  • A border patrol agent claims he was passed over for a promotion due to age discrimination, but his supervisors pointed to other reasons.
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island recently declined to grant summary judgment to an employer in a sex discrimination case and cautioned employers that it may be less likely to grant summary judgment on sex discrimination claims going forward because it prefers to allow a cross-section of the community represented on a jury, rather than a single district judge, to decide such cases.
  • A recent case decided by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans (which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) serves as good guidance for hospitality and restaurant industry employers with tipped employees. The court's decision addresses who's allowed to participate in a tip pool and provides a reminder of what can happen if you're not careful about following those rules. Let's take a look at the facts of the case as well as some suggestions for best practices.
  • It’s a given that HR professionals are actively involved in many areas of an organization, but where exactly? A recent BLR<si[>®survey looks at how HR plays a role in strategic business planning and other key strategic areas. </si[>
  • The term 'undue hardship' refers to unreasonable or excessive expense or inconvenience that would be necessary on the part of an employer to accommodate an employee. Undue hardship is an exception to the employer's obligation to provide reasonable accommodation. When is this exception available to employees?
  • By Deidre Paknad, CEO of Workboard

    If you lead a team, coaching people and giving regular feedback—positive and constructive—is part of the job. Prioritizing one-on-ones and doing the “soft stuff” that builds morale, culture, and people are strategic elements of leadership.
  • A Pennsylvania federal court recently dismissed an employee's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims for disparate treatment and harassment because he couldn't show he was a "qualified individual" under the Act. The court similarly dismissed the employee's ADA claim for retaliation because he didn't establish a causal connection between his allegedly protected activity and the adverse employment action.
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently heard a former employee's claim that he wasn't paid for unused vacation and sick time.
  • One of the Affordable Care Act’s many provisions required employers with 200 or more employees to automatically enroll employees into the employer’s lowest-cost healthcare plan if employees failed to either select a plan or opt out of coverage. That provision had not yet gone into effect, however, as enforcement was on hold pending the release of regulatory guidance.
  • New Aon research shows that employers do not pay is minimum wage employees above the minimum wage. Also, consumers are expected to feel the cost impact of a minimum wage increase.
  • In a recent case, Northern Illinois University (NIU) reminds us that even the smartest people in the room can make missteps but that sometimes, it isn’t too late to correct them.
  • In a troubling decision, the New York appellate court recently held that a public employer should have considered a "last-minute" request for additional leave from an employee who had already been absent from work for a year to be a request for a reasonable accommodation. According to the court, the employer shouldn't have terminated the employee without first engaging in the interactive process.
  • On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to once again review the contentious issue of the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published "Questions and Answers About The Workplace Rights Of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians, And Sikhs Under The Equal Employment Opportunity Laws." The Q&A serves as a reminder to employers about the kinds of employer actions and coworker behaviors that might give rise to a claim of religious or national origin discrimination.

  • While the use of arbitration for class action and employment disputes is controversial, the recent decisions by federal courts overturning the National Labor Relations Board's decision in D.R. Horton Inc., Case 12-CA-25764 demonstrates that employees who agree to arbitration will have a difficult time avoiding this method of alternative resolution.
  • There's little doubt that the New York Knicks basketball team never imagined it would have to argue that California's Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has no jurisdiction to impose California's workers' compensation laws against it. Well, guess again!
  • Does a Florida employer have a duty to fire employees when it learns they have a noncompete agreement with a former employer? The 11th Circuit has said that in some cases, the answer is yes. Read on to see what happened in a recent case that dealt with a situation many Florida employers face.
  • A Harris Poll for Cancer and Careers recently found that 61% of respondents' fear of disclosing their cancer diagnosis would lessen their chances of getting hired.
  • CEOs of privately held companies received a median total compensation package of $360,000 in 2014, including base salary, bonus, benefits, new equity grants, and equity gains, and expect total cash compensation to increase 3.1% this year, according to Chief Executive Research's latest CEO and Senior Executive Compensation Report for Private Companies.
  • A new study has been released by Future Workplace and Beyond, The Career Network. "The Multi-Generational Leadership" study shows that a growing number of Millennials are managing Gen X and Baby Boomer professionals. However, according to the survey’s respondents, this shift in leadership could be harmful to a company’s work environment.

  • The concept of pay transparency, or allowing employees to discuss their pay and benefits without fear of reprisal, is not a new concept, but it has been a long time coming.
  • Across the country, FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., drivers are suing the company, alleging they are employees, not independent contractors. Recently, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—finally weighed in on the conundrum.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2016.
  • Sometimes it seems obvious that certain jobs require certain abilities. For example, pilots must have good vision to fly planes. And firefighters must be physically able to rescue people from burning buildings. But with other jobs, the job qualifications aren't so obvious. That means the interactive dialogue between employers and employees or job applicants is even more important when a reasonable accommodation is requested.
Updated Documents
Questions & Answers
Copyright � 2015 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on
Document URL: