The HR Specialist: Employment Law

What if an employee goes on FMLA leave, and you discover that co-workers have been covering up for her incompetence? Or you find that she wasn’t telling you the truth. As this new case shows, it’s legally possible to terminate her.

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The EEOC recently brought and settled its first lawsuit alleging employer misuse of a person’s genetic information. This was made illegal under the 2009 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

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“Can’t we sue him for this?” That’s what many employers say after being hit with what they believe is a frivolous employee lawsuit. The First Amendment protects the rights of companies to seek such redress in court. But, in most cases, a counterclaim is not a smart move.

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A federal appeals court on May 7 struck down a two-year-old National Labor Relations Board rule that would have required private-sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights to join or form a union.

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An increase in overtime hours can mean an increase in accidents and production errors. Consider these overtime policies and practices that can help reduce the likelihood of safety and production problems.

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If you’re a federal contractor or subcontractor, now’s a good time to make sure your compensation practices are free from race, sex or age discrimination. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has ramped up its investi­­gation tactics to root out compensation discrimination.

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OSHA has released two new compliance assistance tools to help employers meet requirements of the agency’s revised Hazard Communication Standard.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on a controversial issue: whether time that employees spend putting on (and taking off) safety-related gear should be considered “paid time.”

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