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A worker who drank himself silly at work, fell and hit his head has lost his workers’ compensation claim.
An attorney in Texas Attorney Gen­­eral Greg Abbott’s office has filed a whistle-blower complaint claiming he has been forced to work in a hostile environment. Among his allegations: rampant discrimination, misuse of taxpayer dollars and falsification of hourly time sheets.
Employees who lose their jobs may not understand that if filing for bankruptcy, they must list any potential litigation claim as an asset. Federal courts have dismissed even obviously valid employment discrimination lawsuits when employees failed to disclose such claims in their bankruptcy paperwork. That may no longer continue, if this recent case is any indi­­cation.
Seems like a reasonable accommodation: An employee with severe knee arthritis wants to use a four-pronged cane to perform her job on the factory floor ...
Q. I have a COBRA participant who is nearing the end of his 36-month maximum coverage period. What notices must I send him regarding coverage termination?
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will determine whether money paid to terminated employees as part of a severance package should be subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes.
A Minnesota woman who lived in Norway for 20 years before returning to the states to take a job with the Norwegian consulate in Minneapolis will be allowed to apply Norwegian law in a pay discrimination lawsuit.
A California Court of Appeal has held that an employer does not have to endure two trials on whether its workers are employees or independent contractors. The decision was based on the legal principle of collateral estoppel, since the company had already litigated the issue with a state agency.
The New York City Council has passed the Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA), overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. The law will be phased in for private employers. Under ESTA, private-sector employers with 20 or more em­­ployees in New York City will be required to offer each employee at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year beginning on April 1, 2014.
A recent New York Court of Appeals case offers guidance to employers that want to slap GPS devices on employees’ cars to monitor their activities.
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