Pregnant Pauses: Knowing All About Maternity and Paternity Leave

Mothers and fathers have been navigating maternity and paternity leave policies for decades. Most western countries have adopted more liberal parental leave policies than the U.S, but a thoughtful approach to the use of existing policies and benefits can help your employees find ways to maximize time spent with newborns. You as an employer are legally mandated to offer very …

Ban on Salary History Inquiries May Become New Trend

California is expanding equal pay protections with its new statewide ban into inquiring about an applicant’s salary history. The point is to take away any justification of disparity in compensation between workers of the opposite sex who are performing substantially similar work. In this, the state joins a growing list of jurisdictions across the country that restrict or prohibit salary …

When Does ‘Firing at Will’ Become ‘Discrimination’?

You can’t fire an employee just because you don’t like the worker. There are many caveats attached to the idea of employment at will: You can’t fire people for discriminatory reasons. You can’t fire them for exercising their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, or any other federal or state employment statute. In …

The Latest Thing: Automated Recruiting

Have you overly automated the recruiting experience at your business? Frustration is quite high, to the tune of 82 percent, says a new report from a large national staffing and human resources service organization, Randstad U.S., based in Atlanta. Through surveying about 1,200 applicants in the U.S., the report found that while candidates see value in technology, they’re frustrated when …

The Major Tax Changes: An Overview

The new tax law has dominated political discussion for months and will likely continue to do so well into 2018. Consequences, both intended and otherwise, are still unclear. But for now, these are the big changes for both individuals and companies. In general, the changes to individual provisions expire at the end of 2025, but the corporate changes are permanent. …

Employee Leave Eligibility and Natural Disasters

The aftermath of a hurricane raises questions about employers’ obligations under such laws as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act when a natural disaster is involved. The FMLA doesn’t require employers to give their workers time off to attend to personal matters arising out of a natural disaster — cleaning a flood-damaged basement, salvaging …