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HR Intel – Be Thankful if You’re Not a Joint Employer and More…

The NLRB’s joint employer ruling is still hanging over employers’ heads, but at least one employer can be thankful entering this holiday season. A Missouri Appeals Court held that AutoZone could not be held liable for alleged harassment and retaliation at a store owned by one of its subsidiaries, “AutoZoners.”

Black Friday: One Retailer’s Radical Approach Has Employees Giving Thanks

For most retail employees, the days of relishing in the Thanksgiving turkey hangover are long gone as Black Friday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year. So instead, employees are forced out of their turkey coma to open store doors as early as 5 a.m. in some instances while others must work on the holiday itself. However, one retailer made headlines in October when it announced that not only will it not be open on Thanksgiving but that it will also opt out of the Black Friday craze and keep all of its stores closed on that day.

Why Self Promotion Is Not the Best Route to the Top

Named CEO of Deloitte last March, and listed in Crain’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” for 2015, Cathy Engelbert attributes her success to one personality trait above all: confidence.

BEFORE YOU SUE: 10 questions every employee should ask

Last week, we talked about 20 things an employer should ask itself before terminating an employee. In the interests of fairness, here are 10 things that an employee should ask before suing an employer. You should know that I generally don’t believe that lawsuits are the best way to resolve problems. (I realize that there are exceptions.)

Conflict Resolution: How to Resolve Workplace Conflicts Before They Develop

Workplace disagreements are commonplace, but if handled properly they can result in opportunities for innovation, growth and troubleshooting. For example, two employees may have different opinions on how to reach sales targets, which gives way to a vigorous discussion that yields a well thought-out, improved sales approach.

European Union: Working time for workers with no fixed place of work

If you employ or plan to employ workers in the European Union who have no habitual or fixed place of work, you should be aware of a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”). The ECJ determined in September that “working time” for such peripatetic workers includes travel time from home to the first designated customer and back home from the last designated customer.

Wearable Technology: How Employers Can Limit Their Risks

Some tech experts predict wearable devices will one day make laptops, smartphones and tablets about as useful as an 8-track tape player. And that day could be coming sooner than you think, says Atlanta employment attorney Tracy Moon, Jr. of Fisher & Phillips.

EEOC Proposed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Rule Permits Incentives in Wellness Programs for Spouse Health Information

In a shift, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule clarifying that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) does not prohibit employers from offering limited incentives to employees when their covered spouses provide information about their current and past health status in a health risk assessment (“HRA”). The HRA must be offered as part of a voluntary wellness program that is part of a group health plan.

SEC Report Indicates Whistleblower Program Going Strong

Compliance professionals and attorneys received confirmation on Tuesday of what many have long expected: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower program is steadily growing in scope and impact, and the SEC is taking more aggressive positions to obtain information from whistleblowers and protect informants from retaliation. These developments have profound implications for corporate business conduct and the compliance industry.

The DOJ on D&O: What You Need to Know

In September the Department of Justice released its new directive on individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing in a revived effort to fight corporate fraud. The “Yates Memo” by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, outlines the DOJ’s policy on targeting and pursuing corporate executives in cases of corporate wrongdoing. With the DOJ’s new guidelines companies should be taking a fresh look at their D&O insurance.
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