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A New Kind of Employee Badge – Monitoring, Analytics and More

It is not uncommon for employers to assign badges to their employees to grant access to certain locations on the employer’s property and parking garages. Many employees have them, use them, lose them and think little of them.

Increasing Ransomware Attacks in Higher Education

Malicious “ransomware” attacks — where a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts data, preventing the owner from accessing it until the victim pays a sum of money — are on the rise against colleges and universities. Higher education institutions are well-advised to increase their efforts to defend against this particularly damaging form of hacking.

Mind the (Pay) Gap: Retailers May Want to Prep for Pay Equity Inquiries From Investors

In 2016, several technology companies received or responded to proposals from investors that requested shareholder votes regarding whether the companies should be required to prepare reports addressing their policies and goals to reduce the gender pay gap. This year, shareholder activists are turning their sights on the retail industry, citing concerns with pay gaps across gender and racial lines. According to a January 10, 2017 report in Bloomberg News, pay equity-related shareholder resolutions have been submitted to several major retailers.

I Have a Dream of Workplace Diversity

Over 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed these historic words. Shortly after that, Title VII, the first civil rights legislation affecting the workplace was enacted, prohibiting employers from discriminating against individuals based on sex, race, color, national origin and religion.

AARP Suffers a Setback in its Challenge to the EEOC’s Wellness Regulations

As previously discussed, AARP has filed suit against the EEOC and challenged the agency’s wellness regulations. See http://www.disabilityleavelaw.com/2016/10/articles/ada/the-eeocs-2016-wellness-program-regulations-the-saga-continues/ On December 29, 2016, this challenge suffered a setback. In the December 29, 2016 Memorandum Opinion, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates denied AARP’s request for preliminary injunction and held that the regulations would take effect on January 1, 2017.

HR Intel: Answer the Crucial HR Question for 2017

After a tumultuous 2016 and on the cusp of some major changes in regulations and protections for employees, your workers are undoubtedly looking for some stability from their employer. One of the best ways to demonstrate that is to ensure effective outreach and interaction with employees by being exceptionally responsive, thorough and clear.

2017: The Year Ahead for Employers

An executive summary of recent changes in workplace law and a look ahead to 2017.

Departing Labor Secretary Takes Parting Shot At Gig Economy

With one of his last official actions as Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez published a “Memorandum to the American People” touting his accomplishments over the past four years and providing his suggestions for the incoming administration. Given how diametrically opposed he is to his replacement, you might think the forward-looking portion of the memo would be ignored or recycled without review by Andrew Puzder. But the section on the gig economy repeats two of the most common refrains that we have heard about the evolving workforce and what we might need in the near future, so don’t be surprised if you see some follow-through on these calls to action.

"Change" Comes to Washington—What to Expect

On January 3, 2017, the 115th U.S. Congress opened with Republican majorities in both houses:

Employers and HR Should Prepare for 2017 Compliance Challenges

What are the key compliance issues facing employers in 2017? And what are the implications of a new unified Republican government in Washington DC?
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