New Law Rewarding Whistleblowers May Mean New Risks for Employers

​Employers may face higher risks from lawsuits by whistleblowers in the future. As part of last year’s omnibus spending bill, Congress passed the Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Improvement Act, which increases rewards whistleblowers... Read more »

Private-Sector Wage and Salary Increases Slightly Slow in 4th Quarter

​Employee compensation growth has slightly cooled again, according to new data released today, suggesting wage growth may have peaked since its record jump in mid-2022. Labor compensation costs in the U.S. for... Read more »

Weekly Jobless Claims Edge Lower

​States reported that 183,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 28, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s level. Weekly jobless claims are near their lowest... Read more »

The Noncompete Proposal: Right Idea, Wrong Vehicle

​The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a new regulation that would effectively ban noncompete agreements between employees and employers in all 50 states. As a former employment law attorney who drafted,... Read more »

‘Leadership Comes in Little Moments’

“Leadership is an activity, not a position of authority,” Ed O’Malley and Julia Fabris McBride of the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) write in their new book, When Everyone Leads the Toughest Challenges Get... Read more »

Inflation Caused Many Employees to Stop Saving for Retirement in 2022

​Inflation—which hit a 40-year high last year but has recently shown signs of abating—has taken a dramatic toll on consumers’ lives and wallets, affecting nearly every aspect of their finances. Now a... Read more »

Biden’s Firing of Former NLRB General Counsel Upheld

​President Joe Biden had the authority to remove former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb on Inauguration Day because the president may remove the general counsel at any time... Read more »

Three Additional Amazon Warehouses Cited for Safety Hazards

​The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levied penalties on Amazon on Feb. 1 for safety violations at warehouses in Aurora, Colo.; Nampa, Idaho; and Castleton, N.Y. Two weeks ago, the... Read more »

New Guidance on Accommodating Workers with Hearing Disabilities

​The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offered employers new guidance on how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who have hearing disabilities. The EEOC’s new resource... Read more »

How to Respond to Drinking on the Job

​When an employer suspects a worker has been drinking on the job or is intoxicated at work, it should respond to ensure the safety of the employee, their co-workers and customers. That... Read more »
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