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In this area you will find articles unique the legal and compliance challenges companies face today. Learn methods of prevention, risk management and safety for your business.
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“F Bombs” as Protected Speech?

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently concluded that an employee who made concerted complaints about compensation did not lose the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) despite the fact that the employee dropped “f-bombs” in the face of the owner of the company.

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A CHECKLIST FOR ENDING EMPLOYMENT

All employers will be faced at some point with ending an unsuccessful employment relationship. California is an “at-will” state, so an employer may terminate an employee for any reason except an illegal one (for example, because of an employee’s race or gender). Sound simple? Not so fast.

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Working Interviews – Are They Legal?

JeanetteEirichI am a confessed foodie and enjoy learning and absorbing what I can about cooking, dining and entertaining.  My television seems to automatically land on Food Network and one of my favorite shows is Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell. 

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EEOC Holds Both Staffing Firms and Staffing Clients Responsible Under EEO Laws

Recently, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Hire Dynamics, a staffing firm (click here for the EEOC press release).  According to the complaint, after a Hire Dynamics employee filed a charge of discrimination against one of its clients, the staffing firm retaliated by failing to give the employee any further job assignments or opportunities.

Read more: EEOC Holds Both Staffing Firms and Staffing Clients Responsible Under EEO Laws

Five Ways to Avoid Disparate Impact in Pre-Employment Background Checks

If your company’s pre-employment testing process for new hires includesbackground checks and credit reports, please heed warning. The EEOC warns against using credit reports in employment-based decisions as they can create a “disparate impact,” arguing that credit scores in certain protected classes tend to be lower than in others. In recent years, they have tried to bring a few cases to court on these grounds.

Read more: Five Ways to Avoid Disparate Impact in Pre-Employment Background Checks

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HCX Facts

Healthcare Costs grew a cumulative 138% between 1999 and 2010 and outpacing cumulative wage growth of 42% over the same period. Average employer costs for health insurance per employee hour rose from $1.60 to $3.35 during the 1999 to 2010 period. This almost 110% increase in average costs per hour was  much larger than the 39% increase in average employer payroll costs per hour for these workers  KFF

 

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