Compliance

FLSA Exempt

Have you wondered why some employees don’t receive overtime pay? That means they are FLSA exempt. There’s more that goes into an exemption than pay, so read this article to learn more!

COBRA

When you hear the term COBRA, you can’t help but think of a big snake. Most employees and employers do not know how this insurance law works until it’s time to elect for coverage after termination. In the stress of employment separation, COBRA can seem confusing, but it is simply the continuation of insurance at the cost of the former employee.

Negligent Hiring

When you're trying to fill an essential role quickly, it may be tempting to skip background checks and screenings. Read on to see why this is never a good idea and how to protect your company from charges of negligent hiring.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

You've probably heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act. This law can be challenging to understand. Does it apply to your company, and if so, how do you stay in compliance with it? What are the consequences if you don't? Here are the basics to know as you begin to learn about this important aspect of HR work. Disclaimer: The below article on FMLA is not, nor should be used as, official training material for the FMLA certification test as offered by the Department of Labor. This is simply information on the basics of FMLA. Consult DOL.gov if you wish to pursue an actual FMLA certification or want the fine details.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Have you heard of GINA? The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is still fairly new in the world of employment law, but the protections afforded to employees under this law are important for your company to be aware of and understand. Read on to learn how you can protect your company and your employees under GINA.

Age Discrimination

“Over the hill” plastered on black balloons alongside a matching cake in a company break room for a colleague’s 60th birthday. The new software training is optional, but only younger workers are signing up for it. Your recruiter consistently offers you younger workers to interview for a senior-level management position and you notice your company tends to promote younger workers at a rate that far exceeds that of older workers. Should you be concerned? Could these be signs of age discrimination? Read on to learn more.

Asbestos Laws and Regulations

Asbestos has been heavily regulated since its adverse health effects have become known. Understanding its danger and the regulations can save your employees' health and your company from legal penalties.

Monopolies

We've all heard the word monopoly before, especially playing the board game, but monopoly is so much more than a game. It is easy to roll a dice and gain $200 just by passing GO, but in the real world of monopoly there is so much more at play. Monopolies have happened and are continuing to happen today. So what does a monopoly mean anyway?

Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)

Have you ever filled out an I-9 form and wondered why it's required? This article explains what the Immigration Reform and Control Act is, its purpose, how you are obligated to comply with it, and more. That I-9 form is not only a bureaucratic or legal requirement; it protects jobs and prevents discrimination.

Favoritism

It’s wonderful to have great chemistry with people who report to you. How could anything possibly be bad about that? When can the lines between effective relationship building and carrying it a step too far become blurred? See below for tips on how to avoid the favoritism trap.

Ban the Box

Have you ever reviewed a job application, seen that the applicant had a criminal history, and hastily placed that application on the “reject” pile? We all have knee-jerk reactions, but the Ban the Box movement asks us to assess candidates on their qualifications rather than their histories. Removing that bias in the initial steps of candidacy may find you some great employees you would otherwise not consider. Read on to find out about the “Ban the Box” movement and if it applies to your organization.

Blacklisting

Merriam Webster defines a blacklist as a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted. Does this sound sinister to you? Know the guardrails around blacklisting in the workplace or you could fall victim to it’s legal backlash. To learn more, read on.

Wrongful Termination

Firing anyone is difficult. When you add in the potential for wrongful termination, it can be even more complicated and scary. As an HR professional, you are tasked with ensuring that the company isn’t breaking any laws in general, and that includes termination. We will discuss what wrongful termination is and how to make sure you are compliant with all federal and state regulations.

HIPAA

Understanding HIPAA is an essential part of being compliant in the workplace. As an HR professional, you will come across sensitive information, including medical information. Read below to learn more about the industry standards relating to HIPAA so you can continue with confidence that you are doing things right.

HR Audit

Most of us have an unnatural fear of the word “audit.” However, when talking about HR, auditing is helpful. By auditing your processes periodically, you ensure that you are up to date and minimize the chances of a major issue coming up in a Department of Labor audit.

Final Paycheck Laws

Whether an employee is leaving because they quit, were laid off, or were terminated, emotions are probably running high. If they demand immediate payment of their final check, do you know how to comply with state law as well as company policy? Read on to learn what you need to know to stay stress-free and confident in these situations.

Employer Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance can be confusing and frustrating when you have an employee or former employee file for unemployment and you receive the claim. Understanding unemployment insurance is and the impact it can have on your company can go a long way in easing the frustration and confusion that comes from receiving an unemployment claim.

Nepotism

“He only got the job because he is related to the owner.” Nepotism can destroy the motivation and morale of any team. In this section, we will discuss nepotism, its impact in the workplace, examples of nepotism, how HR can respond to nepotism and nepotism policies you can implement in your workplace.

Employment at Will

“Employment At-Will” means a company can fire whoever they want, when they want, right? Not exactly. In this article, you will learn all about what at-will employment entails and how to untangle its complicated concept.

Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQ)

As a new HR professional you will want to be aware of the BFOQ doctrine. BFOQ stands for Bona Fide Occupational Qualification. It allows a company to discriminate on the basis of national origin, sex, religion or age in rare, unique sitautions that are logically necessary for the business. A BFOQ is based on objective facts, reason, and logic, not on stereotypes, prejudice, or bias. The following article will help to define what a BFOQ is, when to use it, and when not to use it.

Illegal Question

The hiring process can be challenging. The process of advertising a job posting and filtering resumes is lengthy. When it comes time to interview, you need to ask the right questions to determine if the candidate is qualified, but you also must be wary of asking the wrong questions. Let's explore the dos and don’ts of interview questions.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the most comprehensive anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities. Because the ADA applies to both employees and qualified applicants, having a solid understanding of what the ADA requires and how to stay in compliance is key for any HR office. In this article, we’ll help you get started.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a powerful agency in the business world. To help your company follow laws and avoid lawsuits, you need to understand the EEOC and how your company can follow EEOC regulations. Read on to understand more about The EEOC in the article below.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

One of the first major laws to help regulate and protect the workforce was the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This law is essential to understanding basic HR regulations your company needs to follow. In the article, you will learn why it is so important and how you can stay compliant.
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