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Proposed Overtime Exemption Changes Would be a Game-Changer

Under federal wage and hour laws, employees are eligible for overtime (time and a half) for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek, unless they meet specific criteria to qualify as “exempt.” New DOL rule would make millions of workers eligible for overtime A proposed U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule would tighten…

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Employees’ Rights in the Age of AI

The rise of easily accessible artificial intelligence (AI) tools is changing every industry, and one of the many new applications of AI is in making management decisions. While AI has promise to improve efficiency and productivity, it also carries significant risks for employees. In particular, concerns have been raised about AI algorithms making discriminatory employment…

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Your Rights Under the New Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

During pregnancy and after childbirth, you have legal protection. In a victory for employees’ rights, last month, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect. This new federal law provides workers with the right to reasonable accommodations during pregnancy and after childbirth. It’s intended to allow you to keep doing your job and earning…

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What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

Understanding your legal rights and recourse in the workplace Quid pro quo (literally, “this for that”) sexual harassment occurs when someone in a position of power demands sexual favors in return for a job benefit. It is one of two types of illegal sexual harassment in the workplace (the other being a hostile work environment,…

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What’s the Definition of a Hostile Work Environment?

Know your rights and legal options under West Virginia and federal law Most people who have been in the workforce for a while have been in at least one unpleasant work environment. Many of us have dealt with screaming bosses, argumentative coworkers, angry customers, and other rude or aggressive behavior. It’s only natural to wonder…

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The Ongoing Fight Over Non-Compete Agreements

The proposed federal rule would empower workers Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed rule that would ban employers from imposing non-compete agreements on employees. The new rule would prohibit employers from the following actions: entering into or attempting to enter into a non-compete with a worker; maintaining a noncompete with a…

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7 Holiday Tips if You’re Dealing with Divorce

The holidays can be especially rough if you’re going through a divorce. But you don’t have to dread this time of year. It’s still possible to enjoy the holidays, no matter what else is going on in your life. Here are some tips to help you get through. 1. Start some new traditions. You used…

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