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Employment Law

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State Sen. Mike Fasano has proposed an amendment to Florida’s Family and Medical Leave Act that would allow workers to take time off to protect their pets from potential domestic abuse.
Q. We’ve heard the IRS recently announced a new program for employers to reclassify their workers. Can you tell us about it?

Businesses must stay abreast of an alphabet soup of federal laws—ADA, ADEA, FMLA and so forth—each with its own requirements. Further complicating matters, most states have their own laws that override the federal requirements. To comply, you first must know which laws apply to your business, based on the number of people you employ ...

At first glance, management-employee participation groups seem legally risk-free. But looking deeper, such committees could, under certain circumstances, be viewed as illegal, employer-dominated unions under federal labor law.  Key point: According to a handful of NLRB rulings, an employer commits an unfair labor practice whenever it dominates any “labor organization.”

OSHA just released its list of the most frequently cited workplace safety and health violations for fiscal year 2011. Topping the list: fall protection in construction, scaffolding in construction, hazard communication, respiratory protection, lockout/tagout, electrical wiring methods, powered industry trucks, ladders in construction ,,,
Regular attendance is obviously a key job function for most of your employees. But despite your freedom to set and enforce attendance rules, you also face key legal hurdles to your attendance policy, including complying with the FMLA and ADA. Manage absenteeism by establishing a reasonable and specific attendance policy that incorporates your organization’s needs and the functional requirements of various work areas and employee functions. A sound attendance policy should cover all of the following:

The federal government is suing the owners of a Columbus printing company and their pension plan administrator, claiming they all failed to execute their fiduciary responsibilities to employees. At issue is more than $400,000 in funds missing from two pension accounts set up for employees of Clark Graphics.

Recently, the IRS unveiled a new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, which allows eligible taxpayer employers to voluntarily reclassify workers as employees for federal employment tax purposes. The program features partial amnesty for past misclassifications. Even so, the recent government crackdown on worker misclassification continues to cause significant risk for employers.

Resourceful defense attorneys have tried a few legal tactics to help em­­ployers defend against wage-and-hour class-action lawsuits. One strategy is to “tender an offer of judgment” to the named plaintiff before the case gets to the collective-action certification stage. Unfortunately, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has removed this arrow from defense counsels’ quiver.

Many employers have workplace violence policies that prohibit em­­ployees from possessing firearms in or around the workplace. They’ll have to rethink those policies, now that Texas has a new law that limits most em­­ployers’ right to bar employees from having firearms in vehicles parked at em­­ployers’ parking areas.