The HR Specialist

The EEOC has provided more legal cover for employers that actively recruit older applicants and offer better perks to their older employees. New proposed EEOC regulations, which reflect a 2004 Supreme Court decision, say you won’t violate federal age-discrimination law if you favor older employees over younger ones …

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Q. Many of my employees request FMLA leave to return to their native countries to care for sick relatives, or they request personal medical leave due to a “sudden illness” that occurs while visiting those countries. In some cases, these countries don’t have regulated physicians. Documents can be easily obtained from any street vendor. Are U.S. employers required to accept these documents? —L.W.

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A 55-year-old employee whose job was eliminated in a company restructuring recently lost his age-discrimination case before the 6th Circuit Court. Reason: He had signed a separation agreement waiving all claims against the company …

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The scene plays out every day: Employees receive health care bills or “explanation of benefits” insurance statements in the mail, but they can’t decipher the complex forms. Eventually, they call you to help sort it out. Ever wish there was a better way? Enter a new breed of employee-benefits advocacy firms …

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Google is just eight years old, but it beat out a slew of old-timers last month to snag the No. 1 spot on Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” …

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New York employers, beware: The state law that protects employees from disability discrimination covers more ailments and impairments than the federal ADA …

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If your organization aims to attract a younger, more hip clientele, watch how you convey that idea to employees who don’t fit your target demographic …

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Say the wrong thing during the hiring process, and you’ve got a lawsuit on your hands. Here are three tips to help keep supervisors’ feet out of their mouths

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S.P. Richards Co. (SPR), a Smyrna office-supply wholesaler, recently won an FMLA victory when the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals determined it would be considered separately from its parent company, Genuine Parts Co. …

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Q. One of our employees recently got married. She’s informally going by her new last name, but she hasn’t changed her name on her Social Security card to her married name and doesn’t plan to. We submit all payroll information using her maiden name. Do we face any liability? —L.K., Missouri

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