Employment Law

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Process every employee complaint without commenting on its merits or on the potential consequences of making the complaint. Remind managers to do the same. Never make snide comments ...

If an employee has attendance problems due to health issues, those absences may not be covered by the ADA even if they're covered by the FMLA. That's especially true if regular attendance is an essential job function ...

Managers in every U.S. organization got a wake-up call from the U.S. Supreme Court this summer about the legal risk of retaliating against employees who voice complaints about discrimination or other on-the-job wrongdoing. In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court established a broad national definition of what management actions would be considered illegal “retaliation” under […]

When faced with a multipage employment contract, some job candidates and employees may be tempted to skip a careful reading before they sign on the dotted line. But state courts won't excuse employees who claim that they didn't understand the employment terms because they never read them ...

Does your employee handbook outline a progressive discipline process and also include a contract disclaimer? If so, you may think the disclaimer prevents employees from claiming that the discipline policy was a "contract" that can't be skipped over in favor of instant termination. But you'd be wrong ...

When dealing with difficult employees, supervisors often go the extra mile to document their interactions (and any discipline) in case the employee ever sues. But does this extra effort at documentation provide proof that the supervisor intends to discriminate? ...

Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935 largely as a way of raising depression-era wages. The law gives employees basic rights to participate in unions, bargain collectively about compensation/ work conditions and engage in other protected "concerted activities" ...

Beyond its obvious emotional impact, an employee's death almost always leaves unfinished business for HR and payroll. Follow these steps to help smooth the process when you're notified of an employee's death ...

Asking employees to perform even a minimal amount of work while they're out on an FMLA absence could spark a lawsuit. And firing someone for refusing to pirtch in while out on leave almost surely will ...

When your organization faces an employment lawsuit, you may end up in a room with an attorney and a tape recorder, explaining what you know. Depositions can be nerve-rattling and the employee's lawyers will try anything to discredit and challenge your testimony ...

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