HR News Roundup

Join us on Friday mornings – grab a cup of coffee and get your read on – we’ll take a look back through some of the important and sharable HR news that came across our newsfeeds this week:

CMS Attends Sage Summit 2017 in Atlanta, GA
This year’s Summit will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, May 9th – 11th 2017.

Lack of Oxford Comma Costs Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute (Read @ NYTimes)
A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks.

WOTC Questions: What is the minimum length of Employment to claim WOTC? (Read @ WOTC Blog)
I hired a qualified long-term unemployed person who ended up only working for us for 6 weeks, can I still claim the WOTC credit on my taxes?

New sex discrimination ruling: 4 things employers need to know (Read @ HR Morning)
A U.S. appeals court in Atlanta made a lot of waves in the employment law community this week by ruling that sexual orientation is not a protected characteristic under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But there are some interesting wrinkles to the case that employers need to know about.

‘Enough is enough’: US women’s hockey team plan boycott over low pay (Read @ The Guardian)
The US women’s hockey team are planning to boycott the world championships in Michigan next month because they are tired of being treated “like an afterthought” by their federation.

Your boss could demand you get genetic testing and hand over the results, if this congressional bill becomes law (Read @ CNBC)
Workers participating in workplace wellness programs reportedly could be ordered to get genetic testing — and hand over the results — by their employers or face financial penalties, if a bill being pushed by congressional Republican becomes law.

March Madness costs employers billions in lost productivity (Read @ Fox59)
If you are a NCAA college basketball fan, the next three weeks may be like Christmas for you. With opening games Thursday and Friday of this week and brackets to be filled out and live streams to be set up this may be the time of the basketball season you look forward to the most.

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