HR Management items

  • New Mexico Expands Posting Requirements

    31 March 2014

    New Mexico has expanded its mandatory posting requirements for employers to include notice of human trafficking resource center hotline information. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has signed into law H.B. 181, which had been unanimously passed by the legislature.

  • Supreme Court: SOX Whistleblower Provisions Protect Contractor, Subcontractor Employees

    04 March 2014

    The Supreme Court has ruled that employees of private companies that contract with public companies are covered by the whistleblower protections found in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The Court's ruling in Lawson v. FMR, LLC preserves the relatively broad interpretation of SOX's whistleblower provisions favored by the US Department of Labor (DOL).

  • DOL Initiates Suit Against Ohio Bell for Reputed OSHA Violations

    24 February 2014

    The DOL initiated suit against the Ohio Bell Telephone Company after 13 workers were suspended shortly after reporting workplace injuries.

  • Pennsylvania Employer Alert: Ogletree Deakins Examines Latest Legal Trends

    02 January 2014

    Pennsylvania legislators and judges continue to present new challenges for HR and employers. Alexander Nemiroff, a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of the international labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, shared his legal and professional insights with XpertHR regarding recent changes and proposed changes affecting Pennsylvania employers.

  • New York Federal Court Rules Hyperlinks to a Reliable Source May Be a Defense to Defamation Claims

    07 November 2013

    A New York federal court has ruled that employers may have a defense to defamation claims when their employees include hyperlinks to reliable sources in their social media posts. The ruling is significant for employers given the increasing use of social media in the workplace, particularly where employees use social media at the direction of employers or within the scope of their employment.

  • Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle DOJ's False Claims, Criminal Suits

    06 November 2013

    Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and three of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in a global settlement of multiple criminal charges, civil claims and state probes relating to the false marketing of prescription drugs and the paying of kickbacks to physicians and pharmacies for prescribing and promoting the drugs.

  • Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules Do Not Apply Outside of US, Federal Court Rules

    22 October 2013

    The Dodd-Frank Act's retaliation protections do not apply to activities outside of the United States, a federal district court has ruled, dismissing a case against German multinational corporation Siemens AG.

  • SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Pay Disclosures

    24 September 2013

    After a highly controversial public comment period, a divided 3-2 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a proposed rule implementing Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act. This section, known as the pay ratio disclosure requirement, requires most public companies to annually and publicly disclose the ratio of the median of total compensation of all employees to the total compensation of the CEO.

  • "Like" It or Not, Court Rules Facebook Activity Is Protected Free Speech

    24 September 2013

    A recent ruling from the 4th Circuit makes clear that a "like" on Facebook is considered free speech and, accordingly, protected under the First Amendment. Employers - in particular public employers - should be aware of this case when disciplining employees for social media use especially where the only action at hand was the endorsement of other posted content.

  • Oregon Employer Alert: Barran Liebman Offers Insights on Recent Legal Developments

    23 September 2013

    With the creation of many new laws, Oregon lawmakers are presenting various unique challenges for HR and employers this year. Amy Angel and Samuel Hernandez, members of the labor and employment law firm Barran Liebman LLP, shared their legal and professional insights with XpertHR into the recent changes in workplace law, and other key developments affecting Oregon employers.

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