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HR Regulatory Analysis
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New Documents
  • HR Audio Presentations:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • HR Guidance:
    This document contains a state-by-state list of required new-hire notices and forms, with links where applicable. In addition to mandatory state notices, this overview also includes federal forms and notices as well as suggested (optional) new hire forms. Use this guidance document when onboarding a new employee.
  • HR Handouts:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is important for all employees. Even if writing isn’t usually a part of their job, all employees need, at least occasionally, to communicate in writing. Use this Business Writing for Employees handout to train your workers on communication.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is important for all employees. Even if writing isn’t usually a part of their job, all employees need, at least occasionally, to communicate in writing. Use this Business Writing for Employees handout to train your workers on communication.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is important for all employees. Even if writing isn’t usually a part of their job, all employees need, at least occasionally, to communicate in writing. Use this Business Writing for Employees handout to train your workers on communication.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is important for all employees. Even if writing isn’t usually a part of their job, all employees need, at least occasionally, to communicate in writing. Use this Business Writing for Employees handout to train your workers on communication.
  • HR News:
    Football season is upon us, and so are the clichés associated with it. But clichés all contain kernels of truth, do they not? Here is one: “Football is a game of inches.” So, too, is employment discrimination litigation. For an education on this point and the importance of small details, read on.
  • Employees are trying to find creative ways to avoid COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, for example, by alleging their privacy rights are being violated under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Read on to learn why that approach doesn’t work.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in countless hybrid and remote work situations, and employers continue to grapple with compensable vs. noncompensable time. A December 2020 opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) may provide clarity.
  • After going virtual in 2020, the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) conference convened in-person in Nashville this year. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director Jenny Yang opened the gathering with recorded remarks announcing long-time Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Michele Hodge would become the career deputy director.
  • They got me. I resisted as long as I could. Numerous friends had urged me to watch Ted Lasso on Apple® TV+. I wasn’t interested. Frankly, I’m not that big into soccer. On a quiet night during summer vacation, however, my wife suggested we give it a shot. Now I’m on the bandwagon. To learn more about how to improve your workplace culture, you may want to start watching, too.
  • After an employee requested remote work as an accommodation for her multiple physical ailments, the employer allegedly discriminated against and fired her. The action recently provoked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to file its first COVID-19-related disability accommodation lawsuit.
  • On September 2, 2021, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a notice (https://bit.ly/3CCFbl2) announcing it intends to analyze the EEO-1 Component 2 compensation data submitted by employers in 2019. The Component 2 data consists of aggregated employee wage and hours worked data, categorized by EEO-1 classification, race, ethnicity, and sex. The OFCCP will now evaluate whether the data can aid the agency in investigating potential pay discrimination—a priority under the Biden administration—and selecting contractors for compliance evaluations.
  • From its earliest days in office, the Biden administration has made clear one of its principal goals is to create more and better union jobs. President Joe Biden took office, however, as private-sector union membership is at an all-time low, and changes in the workforce (e.g., remote work, gig work, temp work, tech work) appear to raise the odds against union organization.
  • When President Joe Biden recently announced a six-pronged strategy to contain COVID-19’s spread, one of the most notable measures was a vaccination and/or weekly testing mandate affecting employers and employees nationwide. We still don’t know many details, but here are answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received since the mandates were announced.
  • The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) recently appealed a California federal district court judge’s decision to throw out their equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).
  • Based on a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://bit.ly/3B5E6By), 17.9 percent of U.S. workers in 2020 identified as an individual with a disability. Yet most employers focus their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts exclusively on attracting, promoting, and advancing employees of color and women. While those efforts are critically important and long overdue, true inclusivity is not possible if almost 18 percent of the workforce is left out of the equation.
  • HR Policies:
    The sample policies in this section are designed for paid medical leaves for employees who do not have a work-related injury or illness and who are not eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers that are subject to the FMLA should refer to that topic elsewhere in this publication. Use this template to create a policy that fits the needs of your organization.
  • Policies on educational assistance or tuition reimbursement programs are “employee benefits” that actually benefit both the company and the employee. An individual pursuing a job-related course of study is more likely to be more committed to work and more likely to stay with the firm after the course is completed. At the same time, the employee is able to prepare for future assignments and advancement within the company. Use this Educational Assistance Programs (Tuition Reimbursement) policy template to create a policy that fits the needs of your organization.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • HR Quizzes:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
  • Because communication is a very important factor in employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention, making sure the right information is communicated to workers in the right way is extremely important for supervisors. Use this Top-Down Communication for Supervisors presentation to train your workers on leadership and communication skills.
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