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#hrintelchat: HR Experts Analyze Social Media Risks and Rewards

It’s a little meta to talk about social media in a social media venue, but what better way to talk about all the employment law challenges employers face when they’re dealing with such a rapidly evolving medium? Last week we…

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9th Circuit Won’t Call Attention Deficit an ADA Disability

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Oct. 1 declined to rehear a case in which it held that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is not a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Matthew Weaving, a police officer, alleged…

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Fewer Companies Offer Paid Family Leave, Trend Points to PTO Plans

Federal law does not require leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to be paid, but one in five companies today offer paid family leave — down from one in four companies that reportedly offered it from 2010 to…

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Fidelity Settles 401(k) Suit with Employees for $12 Million

Fidelity Investments agreed to pay a class of its own employee 401(k) plan participants and beneficiaries $12 million to settle ERISA violation allegations of excessive fees and committing prohibited transactions with their retirement accounts. The settlement, filed July 3 with…

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Employer Faces More Fees as 11th Circuit Affirms $126K COBRA Penalty Award

A federal appeals court not only affirmed a ruling that an employer/plan administrator must pay more than $126,000 in penalties and legal costs for intentionally violating COBRA notice requirements, it also held that about $2,460 in expenses excluded from the…

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OFCCP Proposes Pay Data Reporting Rules for Federal Contractors

Certain federal contractors and subcontractors would have to submit summary data annually to the federal government that would identify employee compensation based on sex, race, hours worked and other factors, under new regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s…

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EEOC: Pregnant Employees Entitled to Accommodation

Pregnant employees are entitled to workplace accommodations, according to new guidance issued July 14 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Because the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires that employers treat pregnant employees the same as other workers “not so affected…

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Employers, Employees Increasingly at Odds Over Wellness Incentives

As employers continue to ramp up their use of wellness incentives, employee resistance also is on the rise, recent studies suggest. While wellness programs in general enjoy broad public support (76 percent of respondents), a majority (62 percent) oppose requiring…

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Supreme Court to Decide if Employers Must Help Pregnant Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires employers to accommodate pregnant employees, it announced July 1. The court agreed to review Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., a case from last year in which the…

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Push for Parental Leave Grows Due to More Family-friendly Workplaces

A trending workplace issue — paid leave for parents of newborns — could soon become a legal mandate for employers. This article summarizes activity at the state level, what’s going on at the federal level, and what employers should do as they…

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