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Michigan Joins Other States In Prohibiting Employers From Requesting Social Media Account Passwords

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law Michigan’s Social Network Account Privacy Act (House Bill 5523), prohibiting employers and educational institutions from requesting that applicants, employees, or students provide their account information or passwords to access private internet, email, and … Continue reading

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Employers To Start Considering Use Of Part-Time Employees As Obamacare Measurement Period Starts January 1, 2013

A passage in a blog post I read today caught my attention — apparently the time period to count how many employees an employer has for purposes of Obamacare coverage (and penalties) starts January 1, 2013.  The quote is from … Continue reading

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The Application Of Power Law Distribution Theory To HR?

My wife is reading What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Amazon).  She brought the book to my attention because of the potential implications of power law distribution theory to human resources.  (How’s that for a mouthful?)  You have to … Continue reading

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues New FCRA Forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has assumed the role as the new enforcer of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) established the consumer bureau.  More after the break.

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Mixed Message From The Federal Government On The Use Of Criminal History In Employment Decisions?

The OpenMarket.org blog has an interesting post here called “Federal Government: Fire Good Employees, Hire Bad Ones” about the conflicting positions of various government agencies and regulations on the issue of criminal histories of employees.  It includes discussion on the … Continue reading

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Does Diversity Training Work?

Does diversity training work?  Peter Bregman writes in an article at Psychology Today that diversity training actually promotes prejudice.   More after the break.

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Password Protection Act Introduced to Prevent Employers From Requesting Social Network Passwords

The Password Protection Act of 2012 was introduced on May 9, 2012, by several Democratic Senators.  More after the break.

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Debate Grows Over Gun-Owner Rights In The Workplace

An under-the-radar topic — gun-owner rights — has started to receive increasing (negative) scrutiny from the press and law professors.  The debate sets the hot button issue of workplace violence against the Second Amendment and state concealed carry laws.  More … Continue reading

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Are Employees’ Social Media Connections The Property Of Their Employer?

A pending lawsuit in Pennsylvania raises the question of whether an employee’s social media connections are the property of the employee or the employer.  More after the break.

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Negligent Hiring Lawsuit Filed For Sexual Assault

An employee has filed a negligent hiring lawsuit in Roanoke, Virginia, after a sexual assault in the employer’s parking lot.  The lawsuit claims that had a criminal background check been performed on the alleged attacker, the company would have discovered … Continue reading

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Employers Now Required To Report Employee Health Benefits On Form W-2’s

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require certain employers to report the cost of coverage under employer-sponsored group health plans.  More after the break.

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Negligence Claim Against Background Check Company

A company that screens job applicants is facing a negligence claim for allegedly missing the criminal record of a leasing agent hired by a Falls Church apartment complex.  The leasing agent was later convicted of capital murder and rape of … Continue reading

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Criminal Case Highlights Need For Employer Access Policies For Computer Systems

The critical importance for employers to explicitly define and restrict the level of computer access allowed by employees is highlighted by a recent Court of Appeals decision.  United States v. Nosal, 642 F.3d 781 (9th Cir. 2011).  In Nosal, the … Continue reading

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SSA Resumes Sending No-Match Letters to Employers

Effective March 22, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed sending out No-match letters to employers.   No-match letters are issued by the SSA if an employee’s name or other personal information does not correspond to a valid Social Security … Continue reading

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Where Might Employers Be Required To Accommodate Marijuana Users?

If you guessed California, you are correct.  Overlawyered has a post on proposed legislation to prohibit employers in California from discriminating against medical marijuana users here.  More after the break.

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