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With Veterans Day observations on Nov. 11, it’s a good time to review employer obligations under the Uni­­formed Services Employment and Re­­employ­­ment Rights Act (USERRA).
Remind supervisors that the integrity of the performance evaluation process depends on their honest assessment. Providing anything less may mean a court date and personal liability under North Carolina law.
The best approach when faced with an employee who files her own lawsuit without a lawyer’s help is to exercise patience. In almost all cases, a judge will toss out the case as soon as he or she is convinced there’s nothing there.
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.
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