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Personal Data on Your Workers Next Target for Hackers?

Posted in Data Privacy, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Back in May, I talked about how data privacy was becoming a bigger issue for companies. Included in that, is the notion that human resources will play a key role in protecting information. Today comes work of a massive coordinated effort by Chinese hackers to seek personal information on tens of thousands of government workers. … Continue Reading

Picking a Fight: The State of the Law for Noncompete Agreements in Connecticut

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

The New York Times this morning has an article that suggests that non-compete agreements are being used increasingly in a broader array of jobs. His evidence? Well, the article doesn’t cite that. Though, to the reporter’s credit, in noting the discussion going on in Massachusetts over legislation on the topic, he cites to a trade… Continue Reading

“Wage Theft”: The Trendy Phrase That May Not Mean What You Think It Means

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing more tweets from human resources types and mainstream reporters using the phrase “wage theft”.  Two recent examples? William Tincup (who runs the popular online DriveThruHR show that I appeared on a while ago) recently tweeted: RT Wage Theft Another Assault on Workers’ Compensation http://t.co/iXmbHnASUL @jongelman — William Tincup,… Continue Reading

History Repeating Itself? $160M Settlement in Race Discrimination Brokerage Case

Posted in Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

For those of us that have been practicing for a while, it had seemed that the days of the big settlements for race discrimination cases were behind us. After all, when the Coca-Cola and Texaco settlements were announced back in the late 1990s and 2000, many companies took notice. But the news today is a… Continue Reading

The Times Says “Most Lawyers” Won’t Take Age Discrimination Cases Anymore. Really?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Litigation

In Tuesday’s The New York Times, an article (that, as of Monday evening was one of the lead pieces on the NYTimes.com website) argues that age discrimination continues to exist in society and that it is hitting the baby boomers particularly hard.  (Indeed, the article’s tag is ”for-laid-off-older-workers-age-bias-is-pervasive”.) I do not challenge the assertion that age… Continue Reading

The Last Post About Social Media & Employment Law Ever. (Maybe.) (Not Really.)

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

Yesterday, The New York Times — about a gazillion years after this blog and other employment law blogs talked about it ad nauseum — wrote their definitive piece entitled on how “federal regulators” are “ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what employees can say online.” The headline?  “Even If It Enrages Your Boss,… Continue Reading

Interns: Assign Real Work or Menial Tasks? Neither, says The New York Times

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Back in 2010, at the same time the U.S. Department of Labor was making a big publicity push on its interpretation of rules regarding unpaid interns, the New York Times ran piece noting how employers were skirting the law when it came to internships: The Labor Department says it is cracking down on firms that… Continue Reading

Smoke & Mirrors – Beware of the “Newest Trend” on Smoker-Free Workplaces in Connecticut

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

The New York Times loves spotting trends. Here’s the latest: Workplaces are moving from smoke-free to "smoker-free" places, particularly in the health care arena.  I hate to break it to The New York Times, but this is far from new. Indeed, nearly three years ago, I blogged about it, noting "there’s been a lot of… Continue Reading

Cloud Computing and Employers: The Sky’s The Limit

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

In Monday’s New York Times, there’s a lengthy piece about how companies in the United States are slowly joining cloud computing.  The concerns about the use of cloud computing are not new, but companies are still grappling with how to address those concerns: Now cloud providers are trying to bring these types of flexible services… Continue Reading