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The Age of Ambiguity
A new Littler survey finds employers and HR faced with growing uncertainty as they attempt to make sense of a "tangled web of federal, state and local laws."
A Look at Trump's Labor Department
New Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta looks more business-friendly than his predecessor, experts say. But employers shouldn't take anything for granted. For example, the fate of a controversial Obama proposal on overtime pay is still in limbo.
Troubles with FMLA
It's been almost three decades since the Family and Medical Leave Act became law. Why and how are employers still running afoul of it?
Courts Boost LGBT Protections
A federal appeals court in Chicago is the latest to rule that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers sexual orientation. Despite conflicting decisions, some lawyers say the legal issue is nearly settled.
Seeking FMLA Assistance
With a new study finding that more employers are opting to outsource FMLA management, experts offer HR leaders advice on what to consider before looking outside for help with handling leave requests.
Pulling the Plug on Lifetime Benefits
After a court ruled that Honeywell wrongly denied lifetime healthcare benefits to some retirees, experts say employers should think twice before attempting to end similar programs.
Balancing Interests
The National Labor Relations Board chair's dissent on a case centered on employee handbooks portends the board's future direction, legal experts say.
No Hugs Allowed?
A recent court ruling could have employers scrambling to address hugging and other physical contact in their employee handbooks, legal experts say.
5 Ways to Address Negative Social Media
An employee has just sent out an inflammatory social-media message, offending business patrons who now demand that you either "take action" or else endure an online shaming. Here are five possible strategies for an HR response.
HR's Immigration Concerns
As the Trump administration attempts to fulfill campaign promises on immigration, employment-law experts say employers need to explore other ways to get the talent they need.
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Question: We are pulling our hair out with all of the different sick-time laws around the country popping up. Some say four days, some say five days, some say 40 hours, yet all have different rates of accrual, different rules on rollover and many have different definitions of covered absences. What should we do about this? We have employees in multiple states and it seems like every other day there's a new law and we have to re-draft our handbook. Is there any way to simplify all of this and still be in compliance?