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Compliance
October 30, 2017

Give Me a Break: Compliance with Wage Hour Obligations

Fisher Phillips partner John Skousen explores what employers may need to know in order to comply with laws pertaining to unpaid on-call shifts. As long as employers release employees from certain restrictions and permit them to engage in personal activities while on call, employers can remain compliant with wage hour…
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Leadership and career
October 20, 2017

Time to Get Real (Training) – Diversity, Harassment and Organizational Responsibility

Every day, a new version of an old story: Misbehavior. PR clean-up. Return to business as usual. Social media is abuzz… EVERFI's compliance and harassment expert Sondra Soloway discusses some recent headlines regarding diversity and harassment -- an especially timely piece given this week's viral #metoo campaign.
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Compliance
October 11, 2017

Employment Law Retaliation in the Digital Age

What Kinds of Social Media Posts are Protected? Employees are increasingly using social media to complain about their employment and employers.  As a result, employment-law retaliation claims based on social media activity are on the rise. Employers must treat social media activity with the same concern for retaliation claims as…
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Compliance
March 17, 2017

Disparaging Company Tweets May Be Protected

By: Patty Tehrani Do employees have a right to complain about their jobs and employers on social media? Another recent decision delivered by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding employee tweets may give some insights into this issue. But before we delve into this case, let's consider the basis of…
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Compliance
March 13, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Comp Time

By: Noelle West One-third of private employers are at risk for an FLSA lawsuit. Are you one? In a recent independent survey, one-third of 500 private-sector employers said they used comp time (or compensatory time) instead of overtime — a common violation of the FLSA.* In other words, one-third of…
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Hiring
February 1, 2017

5 Ways HR Executives Can Avoid FCPA Liability in Hiring

Recently, HSBC announced that it was under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its hiring practices in Asia. HSBC’s practice of hiring employees based upon their ties to government officials may violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA regulates the activities of organizations and individuals with…
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Compliance
January 23, 2017

What You Need to Know About the WOTC Retro Guidance and Extension

By: Jason Fry Since first implemented, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, or WOTC, has helped countless companies to benefit from significant tax incentives when they hire individuals from groups that typically face barriers to finding employment. The result is that companies that hire WOTC-eligible employees can earn an income…
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Compliance
January 20, 2017

Homeland Security Wants to Know: How Did You Handle I-9s in an M&A?

By: Michael Boshnaick Civil monetary penalties for knowingly hiring and retaining unauthorized aliens, as well as for paperwork violations increased on August 1, 2016. Assessing the potential liabilities and fines an acquiring company could face if it retains the I-9s of an acquired company is an important part of M&A due…
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Leadership and career
December 23, 2016

Sharing Economy: The Next Frontier for Business Travel?

By: Austin Klein There are many names for the Ubers, Lyfts and Airbnbs of today – common classifications include the sharing economy, gig economy and on-demand economy. These services have paved the way for innovation in everyday travel by reducing the cost for consumers and easing the accessibility of services.…
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Leadership and career
November 16, 2016

5 Tips for Reinventing the Performance-Review Process

Until recently, performance appraisals were mostly an annual affair, but that's changing as human resource (HR) and business leaders look to improve talent management processes to engage and retain top-performing employees. In fact, HR professionals are now tasked with understanding "the business" of the business, which means working collaboratively with…
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