The HR Specialist: Employment Law

For the first time in its history, the EEOC has filed suit against employers alleging discrimination against transgender employees.

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According to new federal data, 4,405 people suffered fatal work-related injuries in 2013, down from the 4,628 fatal injury count the previous year, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics stats.

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Most employers aren’t aware of the risk of deleting old emails at the wrong time.

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Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

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The Seyfarth Shaw law firm has created a free report, the Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Ref­­er­­ence, that explains each current state law concerning social media and employees’ rights to its use.

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If your workplace is prone to injuries, get ready to submit more paperwork to OSHA.

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The company apparently has failed to connect with the Department of Labor’s rules on what constitutes an exempt employee under the FLSA.

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Q. A 26-year-old employee has terminal cancer and can’t work any longer. Our company is small and doesn’t offer health insurance, and she is not covered on an individual policy. Is it a correct protocol to lay off this employee so she can receive unemployment and other benefits, such as Medicaid?

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Q. An employee failed to participate in open enrollment, thereby losing her insurance coverage. Can she resign and be immediately rehired to enroll in our medical plan as a new hire?

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Q. A departing employee has failed to return certain company equipment. Can we deduct the value of this equipment from her final expense reimbursement check?

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