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By Jourdan D. Day
A federal court in Ohio has reaffirmed that employers may take adverse employment actions based on failed drug tests and an employee's admission of illegal drug use.
Lin Grensing-Pophal, Contributor
By the year 2025, it’s estimated that Millennials will make up roughly 75% of the American workforce. This means that HR professionals, business owners, hiring managers, and anyone else involved in the recruitment process needs to have a solid understanding of this demographic if they hope to compete in the market.
By Michael K. Fortunato
A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision shows that even in an increasingly proemployee environment, employers can prevail in discrimination lawsuits when your supervisors and HR departments take clear and decisive actions.
By Martin J. Regimbal
A recent 5th Circuit ruling was a big win for the employer because the court determined that there must be an employment relationship before an employer is responsible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Although the case involved independent contractors working in the oil and gas industry, the court's reasoning provides a helpful analysis for employers across many different businesses.
By Eamonn Hart
It's not always simple for an employer to recognize if an employee is disabled. Moreover, her disability may not always be something the employer sees as connected to her job. A recent case from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine serves as a good reminder that when one examines the statutory definition of "disability," many conditions may qualify.
By Damian A. Myers
A recent spate of class action lawsuits alleging notice deficiencies under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives rise to the following question: What can employers and plan administrators do to mitigate the risks of liability for COBRA notice failures and other operational errors?
By Tammy Binford, Contributor
As the comment period winds down on a new proposed rule affecting overtime pay, employers need to consider the implications of the proposal that go beyond the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) plan to set a new salary threshold for overtime eligibility.
By Amelia J. Holstrom
Back in October 2016, Massachusetts passed An Act to Establish Pay Equity (Pay Equity Act), which amended the state's existing pay equity statute and went into effect in July 2018. Before the law's effective date, the Massachusetts attorney general issued long-awaited guidance and then, employers waited for Sunday, July 1, to arrive. And soon after it did, the first lawsuit was filed under the new law.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reduced significantly the yearly caps in the civil penalties that health plans and other covered entities may face for violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules.
By Charlie Plumb
Ever been frustrated by a former employee unfairly using your confidential business information and trying to take your customers? As it turns out, tattoo artists have trade secrets, too.