7 Hot Workplace Issues for 2014

From experts writing on JD Supra, here’s a look at some of the issues that should dominate the employment landscape in 2014:

1. The Affordable Care Act

The 12-month postponement of the employer mandate, announced in June 2013, is going by very quickly. And there’s still a lot to be done before it ends. Read:

2. Bring Your Own Device (aka BYOD)

The risks for employers who allow workers to “BYOD,” that is, use personal smartphones to access professional networks and email – like data breaches, wage and hour lawsuits, unfair competition, stolen trade secrets, and more – are likely to grow in 2014. Read:

3. FMLA Leave

When are employees eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act? Who exactly qualifies to take it? What to do when a worker exhausts FMLA leave before they’re able to return to work? How to identify and end abuse? FMLA leave will continue to challenge employers in the new year. Read:

4. Immigration Reform

The big push to overhaul the country’s immigration laws, began in earnest when Senate lawmakers approved a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform plan in June 2013, seems to have withered on the vine. That may change in 2014, but even if it doesn’t, employers are likely to face additional state and federal immigration-related regulations. Read:

5. Medical and Recreational Marijuana Use

20 states now allow the use of medical marijuana, including two that also permit recreational use of the drug. What does that mean for employers? Read:

6. Unpaid Internships

To pay, or not to pay – that really is the question, isn’t it? If you choose not to, note that regulators are likely to continue the crackdown on employers who abuse unpaid internships. Read:

7. Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers continue to be a central part of federal efforts to clean up a wide range of corporate wrongdoing – like FCPA and False Claims Act violations, but also discrimination, workplace safety, and investor fraud. Read:

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