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Marijuana and the Workplace: What’s New for 2020?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Employers have been grappling with confusing marijuana laws for years—and the rules are getting tougher to navigate as more states add employment protections. Here's what employers need to know about the changing landscape for weed and the workplace in the year ahead.

More Jobs May Result from This Week’s Global Trade Deals

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Proponents of global trade had a good week: The Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) on Jan. 16 by a vote of 89-10, and the U.S. and China entered a trade deal on Jan. 15.

Supreme Court Considers When Pension Plans May Be Sued

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 13 in a case involving when plaintiffs may sue pension plans for violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

CNN Joint-Employer Settlement Is Largest in NLRB’s History: $76 Million

Thursday, January 16, 2020

CNN reached the largest settlement ever with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 10, agreeing to pay $76 million after the network ended the contracts of unionized camera operators in 2003.

House Passes Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

Thursday, January 16, 2020

​The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 15 passed by a vote of 261 to 155 the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), which would permit plaintiffs to sue for age discrimination even if age was not the sole cause of the challenged employment decision.

Using Pictures and Storytelling to Present Business Data

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Do you want people to pay attention when you present HR data? Do you want to motivate leadership to act on those findings? Try telling a story. “Stories resonate and stick with your audience in ways that data alone does not,” said data visualization expert Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, founder and CEO of Storytelling with Data, a Milwaukee-based consultancy dedicated to communicating better with data.

What Does It Take to Prove Age Discrimination?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 15 in Babb v. Wilkie, a case that asks what standard of proof applies to a federal government worker's Age Discrimination in Employment Act claim.

House Committee Advances Bipartisan Pregnancy Accommodation Bill

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Many pregnant workers would be entitled to receive a reasonable accommodation under a bipartisan bill that the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee approved in a 29-17 vote on Jan. 14.

Sharing Tacos Breaks Down Workplace Differences

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

​Whether presented at family meals, holiday get-togethers, restaurants or coffee shops, food has the rare power to bring people together in myriad ways. Companies are serving communal meals to build community in their workforces.

Justices Kick ERISA Stock-Drop Case Back to Appellate Court

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court has sent a case brought by IBM employees who participated in the company's retirement plan back to the appeals court. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must decide whether to hear new arguments that weren't raised until the case was presented to the Supreme Court.

Organizations Will Need Data Analytics to Survive

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

At the Society for Human Resource Management People Analytics conference on Jan. 14, keynote speaker Jack Phillips, CEO and co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, said HR is key tobusinesses' success in winning with data, from sourcing the necessary talent and applying analytics to HR functions to leading change management to adopt a data-driven mindset across the organization.

An Open Enrollment 'Look Back' Captures What You've Learned

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

As the year ended, HR wrapped up another open enrollment season. Before moving on, however, standing back and reviewing what went smoothly and what tripped you up can ensure an easier, more effective process when next fall rolls around.

It’s Time to Review Your Employee Handbook

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A new year inevitably brings new workplace laws, whether at the federal, state or local level. So January is usually a good time for HR professionals to review their employee handbook and make changes. Here are some of the hot topics for 2020.

Paid Family Leave, on the Rise, Helps Women Stay in the Workforce

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New research highlights the advantages of family paid time off (PTO) for employees and employers, and it's a lesson the federal government and cutting-edge companies are taking to heart as they increase family PTO benefits.

Unlimited vs. Limited PTO: Which One Is Right for Your Workplace?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Unlimited paid time off (PTO) offers advantages for workers and employers, but it isn't the best option for every organization. It pays to learn the pros and cons of unlimited and limited PTO before revising workplace policies.

Follow OSH Act When Evaluating Respiratory Hazards

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Employers must evaluate respiratory hazards at their workplace whenever the potential exists for employees to be overexposed to contaminants, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Refusal to Hire Due to Obesity Did Not Violate the ADA

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A company did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused to hire an applicant whose obesity presented an unacceptably high risk that he would develop an incapacitating condition, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

UK: Five Key Safety Areas to Consider When Working in Winter

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Here are five key areas where you might consider extra measures to protect workers in the United Kingdom over the winter.

Female Speakers Underrepresented at Professional Gatherings

Monday, January 13, 2020

The representation of women as speakers and panelists at conferences and summits is low across most industries and types of gatherings, according to an analysis of more than 60,000 event speakers from 2013 to 2018. Women made up just under a third of speakers at events during those years.

Worker Erroneously Classified as Totally Disabled Can Proceed with Bias Claim

Monday, January 13, 2020

An employee who was discharged because a benefits coordinator mistakenly believed he was totally disabled and unable to work could proceed with his claim of disability discrimination, a California appeals court ruled.