Try a Low-Key Response When Older Workers Threaten to Retire

​When older workers make vague assertions that they’d like to retire, immediately asking them to specify when may not be the best approach. Ignoring their assertions isn’t either. Following up later with... Read more »

Supreme Court Analyzes Discrimination Law in Job Transfer Case

​The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case on Dec. 6 that will determine whether involuntary job transfers can constitute discrimination in some circumstances. The court focused on whether tangible harm is required... Read more »

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Disability Accommodation Case Against UPS

​The U.S. Supreme Court recently put an end to a delivery driver’s case against UPS for allegedly denying him disability accommodations that he requested. On Nov. 6, the court declined to hear the... Read more »

Google Settles Claims Related to Workplace Confidentiality Policy

​Google recently settled a 2016 lawsuit alleging that it used illegal practices to stop employees from complaining about the workplace. The lawsuit claimed the company’s confidentiality policies were unlawful. The Mountain View,... Read more »

Changing Practices in Response to Minnesota’s Noncompete Ban

Minnesota’s legislature passed a slew of laws in the 2022-23 session. One that continues to generate a fair amount of buzz among employers is the ban of virtually all noncompete agreements entered... Read more »

More Than $1M in Damages Upheld for Violation of Agreements

​Takeaway: Employers should not hesitate to enforce employment agreements if they have a substantial, verifiable claim against a former employee.  ​A former employee was ordered to pay $1.7 million in damages and... Read more »

Will USCIS Proposal to Redefine H-1B Qualifications Limit or Expand Eligibility?

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a comprehensive proposed rule related to the H-1B visa program for skilled workers. Experts agree that much of the proposal codifies current policies and... Read more »

Layoff with No Return Date Entitles California Employees to Immediate Vacation Pay

​Takeaway: This ruling is an example of the impact that enforcement agency interpretations of applicable laws can have when the statutes are silent or ambiguous with regard to a specific issue. Courts... Read more »

HR Implications of Biden’s AI Executive Order

​Human resource professionals searching for guidance on managing artificial intelligence should pay attention to the Biden administration’s Oct. 30 executive order that seeks to manage the risks of AI and reap its benefits.... Read more »

A Time for Change

Over the last year, diversity, equity and inclusion has lost its luster. Politicians are passing bills limiting the reach of DE&I in the workplace. Conservative-leaning consumers are boycotting companies they perceive as... Read more »
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