1. Why, how and when you must grant ADA leave

      (article courtesy of HRMorning.com) A new compliance nightmare is driving employers batty: administering leave as an accommodation under the ADA. It’s not hard to slip up and put yourself right in the crosshairs of your employees’ attorneys.  One of the more common mistakes: refusing …Read More

  2. IRS reminder: Your contractors have to pass this test, too

      Earlier this summer, the DOL issued a statement that most thought laid to rest any argument as to which independent contractor classification test employers should follow. But since then, the IRS has essentially said, “Not so fast.”  On July 15, 2015, the DOL published an Administrator…Read More

  3. Huge tab for coal company following religious bias lawsuit

      (article courtesy of HRMorning.com) The current price of an employee lawsuit alleging religious discrimination? Right around $600k. Consolidation Coal Company and its parent company, CONSOL Energy, Inc., were recently ordered to pay a total of $586,860 — including $150,000 in compensatory …Read More

  4. OT lawsuits: When signed time sheets aren’t enough to protect you

    When is asking employees to sign off on their time sheets before they’re submitted to Payroll for processing not enough to protect you from an overtime lawsuit? When this happens.  Here’s when you can get nailed: A manager knows or should’ve known that an employee worked more hours than he o…Read More

  5. Obama drafts Executive Order on paid sick leave: Who it’ll affect

    Executive Orders are becoming the hallmark of President Obama’s second term. His latest seeks to provide workers with paid sick leave. But it won’t affect all employers?  The latest order, which the DOL is currently reviewing, would require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide thei…Read More

  6. The 5+ Biggest Productivity Killers In The Workplace

    Thanks to smartphones, chatty co-workers and never-ending Twitter feeds, the obstacles that get in the way of actual work are seemingly endless, a CareerBuilder survey indicated. Asked to name the biggest productivity killers in the workplace, employers cited the following: Cell phones/texting: 52%…Read More

  7. A Template For Handling Tricky Workplace Investigation Interviews

    You may have a lot of experience interviewing candidates for open positions, but interviewing employees as part of a workplace investigation is another animal entirely. Bernard J. Bobber of Foley & Lardner LLP authored a guide for HR pros to follow when they need to interview a staff member fol…Read More

  8. The Most Irritating Personality In The Workplace…Is it you?

    If there’s one species of employee managers dread dealing with, it’s the prima donna. Here’s a look at what makes these people tick — and how they can be stopped. Prima donnas are likely the most irritating people in the workforce. They preen, they posture, they bully, they make outrageous d…Read More