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In the News: Federal Appeals Court amends ruling on telecommuting benefits

A federal appeals court has overturned a recent “historic” ruling under which a court stated that employers may have to prove an employee’s physical presence at work is essential before refusing a workers right to telecommute. In the initial case, EEOC vs Ford Motor Co., an employee with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) requested a telecommuting […]

In the News: SHRM debuts new certification program

The Society for Human Resource Management has released its new certification program, the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge. The certification, which was first announced in May, is designed to cover people, organization, workplace and strategy operations and also incorporate the knowledge required to perform specific HR activities, according to a September 11 statement from […]

Law & Order: Massachusetts enacts domestic violence leave act

Massachusetts recently became the first state to enact legislation that provides victims of physical or mental domestic violence leave from their work. While this law is only currently relevant in the one New England state, as with many employment laws, it could be only a matter of time before similar regulations are passed in your […]

In the News: Survey reveals top desires of millennial job seekers

A new survey led by employee success platform Achievers and student guidance platform ConnectEDU outlines what recent college graduates expect of the workplace and what companies in search of new talent should expect from them. According to a press release announcing the results, a whopping 72 percent of respondents are optimistic about their job prospects […]

In the News: Obamacare reporting requirements for ALEs in 2015

Who’d have thought that one of the most complicated facets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) would be figuring out which parts of the law actually apply to your business based on its size? Enter the IRS, who earlier this month issued additional guidance about how those full-time (FT) […]

In the News: Five steps to prep for flu season

It seems like we’ve barely just said farewell to summer, but already it’s time to start thinking about a whole other type of season: Flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 111 million workdays are lost because of the flu, resulting in employers losing approximately $7 billion annually in […]

In the News: EEOC completes third wellness-related lawsuit of the year

According to recent surveys, implementing a wellness program is one of the most coveted health benefits that a company can offer. Plus, there is no denying that it can also reap benefits for the company, which can reap a reduction in insurance premiums should their programs prove effective. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) […]

In the News: Could internet addiction become the next frontier for disability claims?

The American Psychiatric Association recently added “Internet Use Disorder” to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the condition is now also recognized under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act. Now, a serviceman for the Navy has been treated by the institution’s Substance Abuse and Recovery program for Google Glass addiction […]