Federal Court FMLA notice procedures, Amazon’s new marijuana policy and future hiring practices and 6 ideas to recruit great talent.

In this weeks highlights we review Federal Court decision regarding FMLA notice procedures, the ripple effect Amazon’s new marijuana policy could have on hiring practices and 6 unique ideas to help you recruit great talent.

Federal Court Upholds Obligations to Follow Employer’s FMLA Notice Procedures

On June 17, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon issued an opinion and order in Munger v. Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, Inc., addressing an employee’s claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and an analogous state law after the employee’s separation from employment due to excessive unexcused absences.

The principal issue before the court was whether the employee was entitled to FMLA leave when the employee had failed to follow his employer’s usual and customary notice requirements for requesting FMLA leave. 

To view the entire article by SHRM click here.

Amazon’s Updated Marijuana Drug Testing Policy Could Have Ripple Effect

As laws protecting adult use of both medical and recreational marijuana use spread, the second-largest employer in the U.S. is changing its tune on drug testing.

In a June Post, Amazon said it “will no longer include marijuana in our comprehensive drug screening program” for jobs that are not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Instead, the company said it would treat marijuana use the same as alcohol use.

The announcement was surprising despite Amazon’s status as a trend-setter from a business operations perspective, Michael Freimann, partner at Greenspoon Marder, told HR Dive. But the news could have a “ripple effect” on how other employers approach marijuana testing moving forward, he added, due to the fact that more and more jurisdictions have implemented marijuana use legislation.

To view the entire article by HR Dive click here.

Struggle to Find New Hires? 6 Ideas to Win the Talent War

Nearly all HR leaders struggle to find new hires now. How can you possibly recruit great employees when everyone else is hiring, too? It won’t be easy (we can’t lie!). But it’s possible with calculated, unique approaches to hiring – and retaining – employees in the wake of the pandemic.

Nearly half of all companies can’t fill the open positions they have, according to data from National Federation of Independent Businesses and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To view the entire article by HR Morning which includes the 6 ideas click here.

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