The HR Specialist: North Carolina Employment Law

Two employees of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles have been placed on leave following allegations that they passed over a more qualified candidate to hire a top official’s friend …

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After discouraging lobbyists from sending Christmas cards last holiday season, the State Ethics Commission has ruled that holiday cards are not gifts and may be sent to state officials without fear of violating state law …

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Employers and employees often wonder about the benefits and drawbacks of employment contracts. Most employees do not have employment contracts. However, contracts may be appropriate for company officers, management employees, salespeople and key employees. Who’s right for an employment contract? …

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Employees and their attorneys often add additional claims to a main discrimination claim as a way to up the ante and push for bigger settlements or larger verdicts. One of those additional claims is often for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Before you agree to settle a case involving an emotional distress claim, push to discover whether the supposed damage is legitimate …

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Lawsuits filed on behalf of workers at Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plants in North Carolina and 10 other states have been consolidated and moved to a federal court …

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There are many reasons why employers need to obtain releases of liability and of potential claims from their employees from time to time. But in some circumstances in North Carolina, it may be difficult—or even impossible—to get a valid release from an employee. Wage-and-hour claims and FMLA claims present possible traps for uninformed employers …

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If your company is sued by someone other than your own employee for an injury that occurred on your premises, it’s worth finding out if the injured person collected any money under workers’ comp. That can easily happen if the person was traveling on business. Here’s why you should check …

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A federal judge has given the go-ahead to Smithfield Foods’ racketeering lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), but cautioned Smithfield that to succeed, it will have to specifically allege how the union will profit from its actions …

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Three illegal immigrant workers arrested in a raid at Smithfield Foods’ Tar Heel packing plant have been sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by deportation. All three pleaded guilty to fraud and misuse of documents …

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The EEOC has settled a lawsuit with Henredon Furniture Industries for $465,000 over harassment endured by black workers at its High Point manufacturing plant …

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