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HR Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regulations. See the updated section on the What's New page, below, to find all of the updated topics.
New Documents
  • HR Audio Presentations:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to recognize the potential health hazards of exposure to mold and how it can affect them; identify mold and the places where mold is likely to occur in an indoor environment; implement measures to control moisture indoors and thereby help prevent mold growth; and conduct an effective cleanup of small amounts of mold contamination safely.
  • HR Guidance:
    View the 2019-2020 updated Minimum Wage chart. This chart features all current minimum wage changes, as well as any future changes, states with annual indexed changes, and tipped employee wages.
  • HR News:
    If you thought cybersecurity was only IT's responsibility, think again. Some of the biggest security threats are from hackers who purposefully target a company's employees and trick them into divulging information or granting access to confidential information. Other threats result from employees' careless mistakes, such as logging on to an unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • An unfortunate emerging issue for employers is the rise of workplace shootings. Even courts and judges have taken note in their judicial opinions that workplace violence is increasing. Of course, employees may be exposed to different degrees of violence at work. Workplace shootings are on the extreme end of the spectrum.
  • The agency that monitors whether federal contractors comply with requirements against discrimination in employment is asking employers to provide copies of diversity training materials as part of its push to enforce President Donald Trump’s recent executive order (EO) dealing with diversity efforts.

  • Liam walks into an important meeting and sits down. Within minutes, the group's attention is on him and his division. One of the top executives asks him a tough question, and he freezes. The executives infer that Liam isn't as competent as they believed. They fail to realize he is a high performer and that his team has great respect for him.
  • Unfortunately, an alleged harasser quitting his job isn't a magical fix. To HR professionals, that may seem intuitive and obvious. But to much of the population, including stakeholders at major businesses, it may not. That can place an HR professional in the very difficult position of having to push for an often messy, controversial, embarrassing, and expensive investigation that her supervisors just don't want to conduct.
  • The federal appellate court that sits in New Orleans recently agreed with the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) finding that In-N-Out Burger violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it barred its employees from wearing buttons supporting the "Fight for $15" movement, which seeks an hourly wage of $15 for minimum-wage employees. The case implicated the employees' right to engage in protected concerted activity under the NLRA, a commonly misunderstood area of the law.
  • Q One of our employees asked to her see personnel file. We have never shared this information with employees, and I feel we shouldn’t do it. Our COO, on the other hand, is open to being more transparent and sharing some information. What are the pros and cons of letting the employee see her personnel file?
  • As an HR professional or a business owner, you may—or may not—know that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the federal law that governs the relationship between unions and employers in the private sector, also applies to nonunion employers in certain situations. For instance, the NLRA covers all concerted activity by employees, whether it occurs in a union or nonunion workplace. The term "concerted activity" is broadly defined to cover actions undertaken by employees for the "mutual aid and protection" of others. Thus, concerted activity isn't limited to situations involving union membership—it can be any activity taken by employees to improve their working conditions, even in a nonunion setting.
  • When Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), we all knew it wouldn’t take long for some interesting new lawsuits to spring up. We were right—employers are facing an onslaught of litigation primarily alleging they retaliated against employees for seeking and/or using the FFCRA’s leave and sick pay provisions. While most of the cases haven’t yet been adjudicated or resolved, it’s helpful to review the allegations to get a sense of where and how the conflicts tend to arise.
  • As COVID-19 continues to affect the workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is trying to provide guidance on how employers should implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). You may be wondering if, when, and how you can require employees to provide notice and documentation when they’re taking paid leave under the FFCRA. Thanks to a recent revision to the DOL’s “final rule” on paid leave under the Act, the answer has been clarified.
  • HR Policies:
    This sample HR Orientation policy, “Introductory Period,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing staffing & training issues in the workplace. Download this Orientation sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • This sample HR Privacy policy, "Electronic Communication," can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing Privacy issues in the workplace. Download this Privacy sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination under federal and state civil rights laws. Not only can it lead to lawsuits and penalties; it can damage workplace morale, creating an unproductive, unpleasant, and sometimes even hostile working environment. Your employees need to know that sexual harassment violates your workplace policies and won't be tolerated. This course will help employees recognize, respond to, and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to recognize the potential health hazards of exposure to mold and how it can affect them; identify mold and the places where mold is likely to occur in an indoor environment; implement measures to control moisture indoors and thereby help prevent mold growth; and conduct an effective cleanup of small amounts of mold contamination safely.
  • HR Quizzes:
    Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination under federal and state civil rights laws. Not only can it lead to lawsuits and penalties; it can damage workplace morale, creating an unproductive, unpleasant, and sometimes even hostile working environment. Your employees need to know that sexual harassment violates your workplace policies and won’t be tolerated. This course will help employees recognize, respond to, and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this quiz to help train employees about this important topic.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination under federal and state civil rights laws. Not only can it lead to lawsuits and penalties; it can damage workplace morale, creating an unproductive, unpleasant, and sometimes even hostile working environment. Your employees need to know that sexual harassment violates your workplace policies and won’t be tolerated. This course will help employees recognize, respond to, and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Mold Hazards and Prevention presentation.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this trainer's guide to accompany the Mold Hazards and Prevention presentation.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this exercise to help train employees about this important topic.
  • This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this exercise to help train employees about this important topic.
Updated Documents
  • HR PowerPoints:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to recognize the potential health hazards of exposure to mold and how it can affect them; identify mold and the places where mold is likely to occur in an indoor environment; implement measures to control moisture indoors and thereby help prevent mold growth; and conduct an effective cleanup of small amounts of mold contamination safely.
  • HR Quizzes:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this quiz to help train employees about this important topic.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Mold Hazards and Prevention presentation.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this trainer's guide to accompany the Mold Hazards and Prevention presentation.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this exercise to help train employees about this important topic.
  • This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. Use this exercise to help train employees about this important topic.
  • HR Regulatory Analysis:
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