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9 Key Tips for Religious Accommodation in the Workplace

Religious accommodation questions often present unique challenges for employers who are faced with determining whether they should bend their time off or dress code rules to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs and practices. For example, a Muslim employee may request… continue

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5 Ways HR Can Promote Volunteerism in Hurricane Irma’s Wake

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey and other recent natural disasters, many of us have been inspired by stories of everyday people pitching in their time and talents to help those in need.
These selfless actions may inspire… continue

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How to Bungle an FMLA Policy in 10 Easy Steps

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been around since 1993. And while there are a lot of requirements and regulations for employers to navigate, the basic obligations of the law are well known for the most part, and… continue

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Back to School Means More Leave Issues for HR

It’s that special time of year again when children and teachers make the (sometimes reluctant) journey back to school. Vacations are over, the school buses are on their way, and parents and guardians are adjusting their schedules accordingly.
So what… continue

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7 Steps Illinois Employers Should Take Based on Key Developments

Illinois employers should take into account that several new developments have hit the Land of Lincoln that will have a significant impact on workplace policies, practices and procedures. What’s more, it’s not just the state of Illinois that has enacted… continue

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California Remains Bellwether State for Expanded Employee Protections

It’s no secret that California is often at or near the forefront when it comes to new developments to expand employee protections.
Sometimes, these measures become a bit of an outlier. But on many occasions, with minimum wage hikes being… continue

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Don’t Mess with Texas: a Quick Draw on Lone Star State Employment Law

As any Texan will tell you, “Everything is bigger in Texas!” And with an economy that would rank 10th largest in the world if Texas were a country, you are likely to interact at some point with businesses in the… continue

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Minimum Wage Hikes Headline Flurry of July 1 Compliance Dates

July 1 is a day of national celebration for our friends in Canada. But in many parts of the US, it’s compliance deadline day as a flurry of new employment laws take effect. Here are some of most significant changes… continue

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School’s Out, Beaches are Open – Why Aren’t Workers Taking Vacation?

Memorial Day weekend signals the start of summer vacation time, with resorts and beaches opening and promising fun in the sun and memories to last a lifetime. And with the final school bell of the year, hundreds of thousands of… continue

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8 Tips for Handling Mental Health Issues and ADA/FMLA Compliance

Most people easily recognize that a physical illness or disability may require a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act. But mental disabilities are covered by the ADA and… continue

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