Manager's Legal Bulletin

Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) Americans who telecommute at least part of the time spend one hour or less per day on work, according to a recent survey of 5,300 employees conducted by CareerBuilder.

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A restaurant manager apparently thought he was looking out for the best interests of pregnant employees and their fetuses when he told them to stop working in their last trimester. Not so fast, said the EEOC.

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The problem: A stellar employee seeks a promotion to a job that demands a fair amount of speaking in front of groups large and small. The trouble is, she stutters. Your first thought: This will not work out. What do you tell her?

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A woman was asked during a job interview if she had a jealous husband, and if she could work with all men. The woman was not hired and the company instead hired a man for the job, prompting a gender discrimination lawsuit.

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The Genetic Information Non­­dis­­crimi­­na­­tion Act of 2008 (GINA) was founded on the concern that advancements in the field of genetics could lead to the misuse of genetic information to discriminate against individuals in health insurance and employment.

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In a new CareerBuilder survey, 34% of hiring managers said they are placing greater emphasis on emotional intelligence (EI) when hiring and promoting employees.

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Suppose fall is the company’s busiest period of the year, a time for overtime and seven-day shifts. A veteran employee asks for time off so she could help chaperone her daughter’s class field trip, and you turn her down. She calls in sick on that date. What would you do?

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Which personal attributes would make an employee less appealing for a promotion? Well, if body art is high on your list, you’re not alone.

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Talk about a clear violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act: When a female applied for a job at a fast-food restaurant in Phoenix, the general manager told her, “You’re pregnant. We can’t hire you.”

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Whether a company wins, loses or dodges a sexual harassment lawsuit often hinges on how its managers react to employees’ complaints, comments and behavior. It’s a gray area. How much do you know?

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