High Court Extends Employee Whistle-blower Protections
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the whistle-blower protections contained in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act apply to employees of contractors and subcontractors of publicly traded companies as well as to employees of the public firm itself.
HHS Extends Transitional Insurance Period for Two Years
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) extended for two years a transitional policy that provides insurers the option, if allowed by their states, to renew their policies for current enrollees without adopting all of the 2014 market rule changes.
Unlimited Vacation Policies Have Limits
HR professionals are savvier about so-called unlimited vacation policies than chief financial officers (CFOs) or chief executive officers (CEOs) are, and they realize that these policies can be a bad idea, according to a management attorney.
High Court to Decide if FLSA Requires Worker Pay for Time Spent in Security Screenings
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether warehouse workers are entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for time they spend going through a security check after the end of their shifts.
Negative-Attitude Rule Upheld
A restaurant that fired a server for breaking a negative-attitude rule in the employee handbook did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
SHRM Opposes ‘Ambush-Election’ Rule
Steve Browne, SPHR, executive director of human resources for Cincinnati-based pizza chain LaRosa’s Inc., didn’t pull any punches about a proposal that would shorten union-election periods when he testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized possession of marijuana for medical use. Washington and Colorado allow recreational use, as well. But federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug—one with no legal use. “This uncertain regulatory scheme places employers in the delicate position of attempting to comply with divergent laws while maintaining order and safety in the workplace,” management attorneys said.