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EEOC Readies Wellness Incentives Rule; Congress Responds 
"Unresolved issues regarding wellness incentives don't mean employers shouldn't offer them, advised a former vice chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

Texas District Court Enjoins FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule
The Department of Labor's (DOL's) same-sex spouse rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) hit a bump in the road, as a district court preliminarily enjoined application of the final rule.

DOL and Employers Can Work Together, Wage and Hour Administrator Says
"In a world where the employment relationship has become more complicated, we can work with employers to achieve a common purpose," Dr. David Weil, the administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor, said at the Society for Human Resource Management's 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference.

Employee Relations
Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim
A Pregnancy Discrimination Act case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court may be overshadowed by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act.

Busting Myths About Mediation
Mediation frequently is a smarter choice than litigation, according to an attorney speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference.

Labor Relations
NLRA's Application to Nonunion Workforces Explained
The scope of the National Labor Relations Act's (NLRA's) protection is wider than some employers realize.

NLRB General Counsel Offers Guidance on Employee Handbooks
The National Labor Relations Board general counsel issued a report on employee handboooks that he said hopes will be of assistance to HR professionals.

Safety & Security
Consider Pros and Cons of Drug and Alcohol Testing
About 10 percent of the U.S. workforce abuse alcohol and/or drugs. So does this mean that employers should conduct drug and alcohol tests? Before deciding, employers need to look at applicable laws.

Staffing Management
USCIS Guidance May Help Reduce Denials of L-1B Visa Requests
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy memorandum on L-1B visas goes to great lengths to define "specialized knowledge" which will qualify foreign employees to transfer into a job in the United States. Some hope the guidance will reduce the exploding number of denials of L-1B requests and requests for evidence.

Minimize Potential Liability with Social Media
Social media can unearth some deal-breaking surprises during the application process, but a company should leave the checking of social media web sites to HR, not managers, to miniimize potential liability.


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