The HR Specialist: New York Employment Law

If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a lawsuit against your organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink your defense—or help you win. Here are the 10 weaknesses you must be prepared to defend:

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Last fall, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, requiring most large federal contractors and subcontractors to provide at least seven paid sick days per year to employees working on federal contracts.

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An isolated, offensive comment usually isn’t enough to support a lawsuit, even if it was uttered by a supervisor and was seriously offensive.

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Workplace romances can be distracting, but cavorting co-workers doesn’t always add up to sexual harassment or sex discrimination against other employees.

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Here’s something to consider when handling an FMLA request: If you botch the request, you could be held personally liable for any damages.

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If an employee continually makes unsubstantiated racism charges, you can and should discipline them.

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When an employee complains that a supervisor is behaving in a discriminatory way, employers must ensure there is no retaliation. Even small things can lead to a big problem.

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A big class-action lawsuit against the Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain has cleared an initial hurdle in federal court.

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Sometimes, 12 weeks of FMLA leave isn’t long enough for workers to recover from illness or injury. But, indefinite leave does not have to be accommodated.

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Employers can prevent an employee who receives an FLSA settlement from badmouthing them by including a nondisparagement clause in the settlement agreement.

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