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Overtime Rule Changes: What Does the FLSA Say?

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor updated their rules on overtime pay. This could end up affecting more than four million workers nationwide. The rule changes the standard for determining which workers are eligible for overtime pay under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA governs both public and private workers.

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Legal Discrimination: How Far Have We Come?

In January 1960, the undefeated Syracuse Orange football team beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl to win their only National Championship to date. This win was due in part to the performance of star running back Ernie Davis who would later be the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy and the first black man to be drafted #1 overall in the NFL draft. Syracuse University, however, did not attend the awards banquet later that night to celebrate their championship. Why? Davis and two of his black teammates were not invited to the dinner due to their race. In 1960, blatant racial discrimination like that was relatively commonplace. In 2016, it is completely unacceptable.

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6 Things to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act

EEOC v. Georgia Power Company proved that the Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC) will pursue action against companies that discriminate against disabled employees. This case alleged Georgia Power Company breached federal law by disallowing employees to return to work following treatment for medical conditions. Georgia Power also refused to hire disabled applicants or those whom they perceived as disabled.

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Unions Strike against Verizon

Americans are struggling economically. As a result, 2016 Presidential campaigns address citizens’ grievances as a central part of their campaign platforms.

Workers claim corporations are greedy. They say big companies make business decisions that focus on profits over paying fair wages and benefits. Specifically, they complain that jobs are being sent overseas to workers who will work for less. In response, corporations argue that they’re just responding to the realities of a global economy. They say they must have the flexibility to make business decisions that keep them competitive. This is the central fight between Verizon’s union workers currently on strike and the telecommunications giant.

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Forgetting to Log Your Time Off During Summer Vacation: What Could Go Wrong?

As the holiday season approaches, employees will be turning their attention towards taking time off for their summer vacations. At the same time, their employers will already be considering how they will balance the needs of their employees with ensuring that they have enough people in the office or on the shop floor. During the vacation season, their employers will be concerned about coping with fewer workers than usual, and that business might be negatively affected.

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E-Verify: Federal Eligibility for Employment Explained

The E-Verify program is a key component of employment law in the United States. Why? Federal law obliges all companies to ensure that only citizens of the United States (or foreign citizens who have received the requisite legal authorization to work in the country) are able to take up jobs in America. Although the United States is unparalleled when it comes to its diversity, this does sometimes invite problems concerning unauthorized employment. The E-Verify system directly addresses these problems. In addition, it is Internet based—meaning that companies are able to quickly process applications. This helps them determine whether their employees, or their potential employees, have the legal right to work in the country.

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Working While in Grad School: Getting Your Employer to Pay

Graduate school is expensive. That said, not everyone has the luxury of being able to be a full-time student. If you’ve made the decision to go for a higher degree while continuing to work full-time, you should see if your employer offers tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement. If your company does have a tuition reimbursement plan, or if you’ve talked them into offering you one, the next step is knowing your rights.

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Diversity, Workplace and the Law: Winning Business

Recently, I heard the CEO of a Fortune 100 company (who is a white male) describe an “a-ha” moment he had. His “a-ha” moment occurred when he finally realized what diversity really means. While looking over the agenda for a senior leadership meeting, he saw “team building activity” on the list and asked the group, “So, where are we playing golf?”

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