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NON-DISCLOSURE CLAUSES IN SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS PROHIBITED BY AB 248

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it became apparent that the actual number of claims for sexual harassment, sex-based discrimination, and sexual offenses was grossly underestimated. The reason being was that many of those claims resolved through settlement were concealed and kept confidential at the behest of the accused. In the context of employment, […]

WHAT’S HOT IN HR

It doesn’t happen often, but there are certain questions that come through our HR Hotline that make us say — STOP RIGHT THERE. “We are considering reclassifying all our employees as independent contractors.” “So, my employee, who is an independent contractor, didn’t …” “We would like to bring on a former employee as an independent […]

DOL REITERATES FMLA DESIGNATION IN NEW OPINION LETTER

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently issued a new opinion letter regarding leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA 2019-3-A responds to an employee’s question about whether an employer may delay designating leave as FMLA leave if the delay complies with a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) […]

PREGNANCY POLICY COSTS COMPANY $200K

A Tennessee-based professional caregiving company has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a former employee. The EEOC filed suit alleging the company’s policy regarding pregnant employees violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the […]

EEOC MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING FUTURE EEO-1 PAY DATA COLLECTION

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that, due to high burden on employers and unproven usefulness of the program, it will not collect pay data during future EEO-1 reporting cycles. That is likely welcome news for employers who have been following the EEO-1 reporting saga. Nothing about today’s announcement changes the obligations for […]

EXPECT MORE SOCIAL SECURITY NO-MATCH LETTERS

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) over 575,000 employers received “no-match” letters earlier this year. The “no-match” letters notify employers of discrepancies between a worker’s Social Security number and government records. Employers who did not receive a “no-match” letter earlier in the year may not be in the clear. SSA plans to mail out […]

THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF RUMORS AND GOSSIP IN THE WORKPLACE

Everyone can picture it: a group of co-workers are gathered around the water cooler, discussing the terrible ending to the HBO show Game of Thrones when one person suddenly changes the topic with the attention catching phrase – “Did you hear about Jane?” At this point, the person drops a juicy, although unverified, tidbit about […]

FORM I-9: SOMETIMES NO NEWS IS JUST NO NEWS

In a few days, the Form I-9, which is used for verifying new hires’ employment eligibility, will be expiring.  What should you do? The current Form I-9 was released on July 17, 2017, with a stated expiration date of August 31, 2019.  On March 1, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a […]

DID YOU KNOW?

Do you know what’s the most popular employer resource that NAE offers? Our HR Hotline! Many NAE members utilize this portion of their membership quite often — sometimes multiple times in the same week. Others use it a few times a year. While we don’t enjoy some of the difficult situations our members go through, […]

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