January 2024

Noncompliant Workers are a $1.6M Liability, Study Shows

A quick glance at any given U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report illustrates the correlation between failure to train employees properly on employment laws and employers doling out tens of thousands of dollars as a result. In recent memory, UPS paid a worker $150,000 after allegedly denying them breaks for a diabetic condition; Papa Johns paid a worker […]

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Determining Whether Elective Surgeries Are Covered under FMLA

Q     An employee is having an elective surgery that won’t require an overnight hospital stay, but she will be off work for two weeks to recover and will possibly have some restrictions afterward. Will her surgery and time off be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? A     Under the FMLA, an eligible employee can

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Auto-deducted meal breaks — can they be done?

At first glance, auto-deducting employees’ unpaid meal breaks from their pay may appear to be a good idea. Administratively, it’s simpler than requiring employees to clock out and clock back in, and in the busy world of HR, “set-it-and-forget-it” solutions are appealing. But this particular shortcut is potentially a costly trap, one that many employers have

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Understanding and Addressing the Job Cuffing Phenomenon

As if employers weren’t already struggling with quiet quitting, bare minimum Mondays and ghosting, a new trend has emerged in the professional world, known as “job cuffing.” This term, inspired by “relationship cuffing,” describes the phenomenon where employees choose to remain in their current positions while waiting for a more fitting opportunity, rather than actively seeking new employment. As explained

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