law + order

the ethics of firing racist protesters

A reader writes: After the Charlottesville violence, I’ve been watching discussion on one of my professional organization’s Facebook groups and would appreciate your opinion about it. People are discussing the ethics of figuring out the identities of white supremacists from news photos, and then reporting them to their employers. Apart from the “ethics” of white […]

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the federal government is taking up overtime pay again

The U.S. Department of Labor appears to be moving forward on an overtime rule that caught up millions of employees and their employers in some serious workplace drama last year. To recap: Last year, under the Obama Administration, a new rule was expected to take effect that would have required an additional 4 million American […]

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will Congress get rid of mandatory overtime pay?

Currently, millions of employees in the United States are required to be paid overtime (time and a half) if they work more than 40 hours in a given week. But a new bill in Congress proposes changing that and allowing employees to receive comp time (extra paid time off) instead of overtime payments. At U.S. News […]

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my company held a retreat in a Zika zone — and is charging people who didn’t go for their plane tickets

A reader writes: My company recently had their retreat in Miami, Florida. As you can imagine, there were several women who voiced concerns about having the retreat in an area that the CDC has actively discouraged women from traveling to because of Zika. Unfortunately, the company decided to move forward with the retreat location because […]

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the new overtime rule is on hold

That new overtime rule that was coming next week that would have required an additional 4.2 million American workers to be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week.? It’s been blocked for now. A Texas judge today issued a temporary injunction halting the rule nationwide. It’s not a permanent stop to it, just […]

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are you ready for the new overtime law?

One month from tomorrow, on December 1, a major change to U.S. overtime laws will go into effect – and might result in changes in your paycheck and your work schedule. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about the new rule and answer a bunch of questions about it, including: What exactly […]

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