The HR Specialist

With business slowing, many employers are choosing to trim employees’ hours rather than cut jobs—so far, according to new U.S. Department of Labor stats. Unemployment hasn’t jumped dramatically, but the hours worked by the average private-sector U.S. employee declined in March …

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In what may be a sign of growing equality, more men are complaining about sexual harassment by their female co-workers and supervisors. Although female harassers may still be in the minority, that’s no reason to dismiss claims that men make …

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Many organizations pride themselves on offering religious accommodations. But some may be a little too quick to pat themselves on the back. It’s not enough to simply offer religious accommodations such as flexible schedules or shift swapping to allow worship or even prayer breaks …

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Banks chartered under the National Bank Act (NBA) don’t have to worry that some of their employment decisions will violate state wrongful-discharge laws. That’s because the NBA says all bank officers serve at the pleasure of a bank board of directors, which can terminate officers as they see fit …

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Q. One of our employees left and is stealing our customers. Can we sue him for breach of the duty of loyalty? …

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Q. We are about to terminate an employee for several reasons. Are we required to provide a written document explaining the reasons for her termination? …

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Q. Does North Carolina have a “little” COBRA Act that requires small employers to offer continued health insurance to terminated employees? …

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Q. We have terminated a poorly performing employee and she has applied for unemployment benefits. Since she was terminated, is she entitled to benefits? …

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Good news for North Carolina employers: Most employees have just 180 days to file discrimination claims against their employers. That applies to all employees except those who work in New Hanover County or for the state of North Carolina. Those employees have 300 days to file …

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Q. The economy is slowing down and we may have to close one of our locations. Does North Carolina have any law beyond the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that requires notice of large layoffs or business closings? …

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