Employment Law

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Employers that want to maintain a productive workplace are smart to set limits on the websites employees can visit. Consider the following case, in which an employer was able to use its Internet policy to terminate an e­mployee whom co-workers and super­visors feared might do them harm.
You may have noticed a slight chill in the air recently. For the second time this year, ICE has notified 1,000 employers that it plans to inspect their Form I-9 records. Whether your company has received a Notice of Intent to Audit or you have been lucky enough to avoid one until now, it is important to understand how a NOI may impact your organization.
While you shouldn’t punish employees who complain about working conditions (pay, perks, supervisors, etc.) on social media sites, you don’t have to tolerate overt insubordination or workers who violate confidentiality rules.
HR pros spend a lot of their time ensuring that their companies comply with the law so they don’t wind up in court and lose big bucks to a jury verdict. But more and more, they find themselves defending not their employers’ bottom lines, but their own bank accounts. How big is the risk? Try six figures—or more.

OSHA recently reintroduced the idea of a proposed rule that would require employers to report work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—ergonomic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome—on their OSHA 300 injury and illness logs.

Q. We operate a fitness club and employ many fitness class instructors. They have time between classes that ranges from 15 minutes to several hours. They are free to spend that time anyway they want, on or off premises. Do we have to pay them for the time between classes?
Under most states’ wage payment laws, each failure to provide a pay stub to an employee counts as a separate violation. A new court ruling shows how liability can add up quickly … and it serves as another cautionary tale about mislabeling employees as independent contractors.
Q. One of our employees ran an errand for us to pick up $700 in cash. He says he lost it. Can we make him pay it back?
After the 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many more employees are now considered to have job-protected “disabilities” under the law. So when it comes to employee leave, what’s a “reasonable” accommodation for disabled people?

Issue: Maintaining personnel files is a chore, but it's the most important element in defending lawsuits and regulatory claims. Risk: Failing to organize your files correctly exposes you to civil ...