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Employers Grapple with Heroin Epidemic
Employers may want to consider drug testing in light of the heroin epidemic, which has resulted in a quadrupling of heroin-related overdose deaths. 

Wage Secrecy Prohibitions Require Caution by Employers
Historically, management has frowned on workers comparing their salaries; sometiems the practice has even been banned. But this is rapidly changing.

Home Health Care Workers Wage Rule Reinstated
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated the U.S. Department of Labor's regulations extending the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements for home health care workers employed by third-party employers.

Employee Overtime Cases Could Wind Up Before Supreme Court
Federal courts across the country have come to different interpretations about whether certain white-collar employees are eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week--and that could mean the matter ultimately may have to be decided by the Supreme Court.
(The Wall Street Journal Law Blog)

Labor Relations
Union Organization Eased Under NLRB's Broader Definition of 'Joint Employer'
It's now easier for franchisee employees and contract workers to unionize, following the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision on joint employment.

Safety & Security
How Can Employers Prevent Workplace Violence?
The shooting of two journalists and an interviewee on live morning TV by a former co-worker raises the question of how to identify whether current or former employees may be on the verge of committing a violent or even deadly act.

Staffing Management
Target Will Pay $2.8M Over Employment Tests
Target settled a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that found reasonable cause to believe that three of the employment assessments that the company formerly used had disproportionately screened out applicants based on race and sex.

Ad Hoc BYOD Policies Leave Employers Vulnerable
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies often start out on an ad hoc basis rather than instituted in a planned way. A casual rollout can lead to problems.


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