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August 21, 2013

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How to Manage Dating and Romances in the Workplace
New step-by-step guidance to help an employer maintain a fair and professional workplace while decreasing the chances of a lawsuit arising out of a romantic relationship at work.

Podcast: What the Historic Same-Sex Rulings Mean for HR
XpertHR's editorial team discusses the implications of the Supreme Court's rulings in a range of areas, from retirement plans to FMLA leave to payroll to immigration.

Holland & Hart Shares With XpertHR Recent Developments Affecting Colorado Employers
Partner Judith Biggs talks about the biggest challenges HR faces in Colorado, including new laws involving credit checks and family leave for same-sex partners.

Upcoming Webinar:
Social Media in the Workplace: Risks and Opportunities for HR Professionals
Date: August 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Presented by XpertHR author

Brian J. Lamoureux,
a partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC in Providence, RI.
The current issues that HR professionals face when dealing with social media;
Various legal risks associated with using social media to screen or terminate employees; and
Tips and best practices that HR professionals can employ.
Register today for this free webinar to help stay on top of these important developments.

Content Spotlight:
Limiting Criminal History Questions

A notable trend in the preemployment screening arena is the growing number of states and cities prohibiting employers from asking criminal history questions on initial job applications.

Many employers use job applications on which candidates are asked to check off a box if they have ever been convicted of a crime. Such questions leave no room for explanation and often serve as an automatic bar to further consideration. What's more, statistics show their use tends to disproportionately screen out minority applicants.

States and municipalities have responded by passing so-called "Ban the Box" laws to ban these criminal history questions. XpertHR has a Ban the Box chart for employers to reflect these developments, which typically do not prevent background checks later in the hiring process. Our How to Use Criminal Records for Employment Purposes also is a handy resource.

David B. Weisenfeld

David B. Weisenfeld is the legal editor for the preemployment background check, job advertising, and interviewing and selection content in the recruiting and hiring section of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, he served as US Supreme Court correspondent and editor-in-chief of a nationwide legal news service, as well as co-anchor of the company's newscasts and editor of its employment law product.

David's work also has appeared in the ABA's Supreme Court Preview, Employee Rights Quarterly, USA Today and The Washington Times.

State News

New California Law Expands Protections Against Sexual Harassment
Pay Frequency Change in Rhode Island Effective Immediately
New Illinois Laws Boost Ex-Offenders' Hopes in Hiring Process


Federal News

Supreme Court Rules Class Action Waivers Are Valid and Enforceable
NLRB Advice Memo Provides Insight on Unlawful Workplace Rules
T.G.I. Fridays and Other Employers Violated the FMLA, DOL Finds


Contributor Spotlight

Anna Elento-Sneed is a director with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and leads the firm's labor and employment, government contracts, government relations and corporate governance practice groups. Read more...

From Our Blog

To Shred or Not to Shred: That Is the Recordkeeping Question
Podcast Ponders How US Drug Legalization Laws Impact HR
Key Payroll Tax Facts at Your Fingertips in XpertHR Infographic


New on XpertHR

What's New This Week?

Updates were made to six country guides in our International Manual on issues such as foreign nationals, childcare leave and much more.

What is the difference between harassment and inappropriate touching?

While harassment may involve instances of inappropriate and unwanted touching, sexual harassment and inappropriate touching can be very different. Read more...
Coming Soon

A How To on addressing and preventing third-party harassment, Supervisor Briefings about ethics and LGBT rights, and more...

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Editor's Message
As you can see, we are hosting a free webinar this week on social media in the workplace. We've enlisted one of our crack authors to present this timely and challenging topic. Feel free to register for the hour-long session.

Due to the tremendous popularity of our webinars, we will be increasing their frequency from monthly to twice monthly, starting this month. Watch for our next two webinars, on preemployment screening and the DOMA ruling's impact on HR. Too, we will start making the recordings available to you in case you miss one. We'll be adding the webinar schedule and recordings to our home page and keeping you abreast via this Editor's Choice newsletters as well.

If you have any topics you'd like us to consider for a webinar, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you!

Peggy Carter-Ward
Head of Content

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