The HR Specialist: North Carolina Employment Law

The economic meltdown has North Carolinians caught in the grip of fear and insecurity, but state business leaders are cautiously optimistic things could turn around sooner rather than later.

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After a teacher was caught using heroin in an elementary school classroom, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided it needed to do more than check newly hired employees for criminal records.

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A former Greensboro police officer has repaid $16,600 that disappeared from a fund he directed. David Andrew Moore made the payment after being found guilty of failing to discharge his duties.

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States—such as North Carolina—that have moved to electronic filing for unemployed workers have learned what can happen when too many people try to use the e-filing systems at the same time.

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When two dozen protesters showed up last month in front of the Raleigh office of the Employment Security Commission, it wasn’t a spontaneous protest for jobs and worker protection laws.

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Now that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is the law of the land, it may be time to revisit how you set starting and incumbent salaries. If you currently allow managers and supervisors flexibility on pay issues, consider reducing that discretion.

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Think again if you believe you’re in the clear after a former employee misses a shot at filing a Title VII discrimination suit by waiting too long. Even if an employee waits more than 90 days to sue after the EEOC dismissed his case, that employee may have another bite at the apple—in the form of a North Carolina wrongful discharge lawsuit.

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Caterpillar, the heavy equipment company, used temporary layoffs to cut costs. Cisco Systems, the global information technology company, did a holiday shutdown in late 2008 to save money.

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When workers at Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago were given three days’ notice in December that the plant was closing, they staged a sit-in at the shuttered factory to demand severance pay and benefits. Republic told employees that Bank of America had canceled its financing …

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Sometimes, it’s unclear whether an employee’s medical bills are related to a workplace injury. Now there’s a bit of good news if you wind up having to cover those bills.

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