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The New York State Department of Labor has issued notification templates New York employers can use to comply with the state’s new Wage Theft Prevention Act. The law, which went into effect April 9, requires employers to provide every employee with a statement detailing the following information:
A report recently issued by Worksafe, a California advocacy group, found that California Hispanic workers are more than 50% more likely to die at work than non-Hispanic workers.
Prestige Home Centers, a mobile-home manufacturer based in Ocala, has agreed to pay $79,000 to several male employees who claimed a male supervisor at the company’s Lake City facility verbally harassed, groped and propositioned them.
Many employees who file discrimination claims are on the alert for potential retaliation. That’s why HR should always check back with employees who file harassment or discrimination charges. If those employees report anything that smacks of retaliation, fix the problem right away.
The beleaguered director of the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Petersburg has announced he will retire once the Department of Veterans Affairs finds a replacement. His tenure at Bay Pines has been marred by a string of retaliation suits filed by employees.
Q. We give our employees the opportunity to take up to a one-hour lunch break every day. However, several of our employees have requested to work through their lunch break in order to leave work earlier. Is this legal?
Q. One of our former employees has requested to see his personnel file. Are we required to allow him access to it?
On occasion, an employee may be too embarrassed to directly confront sexual harassment. Instead, she may complain to a supervisor about unspecified problems. If the complaints are vague and wouldn’t cause a reasonable person to understand the issue of sexual harassment, the employee will have a hard time winning a lawsuit.
Q. Are we required to give our employees additional rest breaks in order to express breast milk?
After an electrical worker suffered severe burns while working on an Illinois wind turbine, OSHA cited the Minnesota company that owns the facility for six willful safety violations.