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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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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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Fortune magazine recently published its 2008 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and five North Carolina employers made the list …

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Eugene Gates Jr. had worked as a meat slicer in a Charlotte grocery store for nearly 40 years when it was purchased by Compare Foods, of Freeport, N.Y. Shortly after the buyout, the company cut his hours in half and gave his shifts to a young Hispanic worker, telling Gates the company needed someone who could better relate to the store’s customers …

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Four former employees are suing Raleigh-based Golden Corral Corporation for sexual harassment they say they endured while working in a restaurant in Port Richey, Fla. The plaintiffs, two men and two women, claim they were repeatedly sexually harassed by three male workers, including an associate manager …

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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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