Human Resources

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OSHA Penalties

by on February 18, 2007 12:00am
in Employment Law,Human Resources

HR Law 101: Employers should be aware that OSHA violations carry civil and, in some cases, criminal penalties. The penalties vary and depend on the type of violation, its frequency and its severity ...

AIDS Programs

by on February 17, 2007 12:00am
in Employment Law,Human Resources

HR Law 101: As AIDS continues to affect all segments of the population, the workplace is feeling the consequences. Employers are now compelled to confront issues related to AIDS, such as employees’ fear of the disease, company policy decisions and benefit programs ...

HR Law 101: The FMLA allows employers to negotiate with employees about the time when they are going to take time off when the leave is foreseeable. The law says that employees should schedule their leave “so as not to unduly disrupt the employer’s operations” ...

HR Law 101: Generally, the FMLA entitles employees to take intermittent leave for medical treatment or other medical reasons, whether it's for the employee or a family member. But there's the potential for abuse when employees take intermittent leave ... 

HR Law 101: FMLA leave is unpaid time unless the employer voluntarily decides to continue paying the worker during the time off. You may insist that employees first use up all of their paid leave and count that toward their total FMLA time ...

HR Law 101: When employees are on FMLA leave, employers must continue to provide health benefits for them. The same services your group plan provides on-the-job employees must be made available to those on FMLA leave. If you change coverage or adopt another plan that offers new services while employees are on leave, you must make the new benefits available to them as well ...

HR Law 101: When an eligible employee returns from FMLA leave, the employer must restore him or her to the same position or an equivalent one with equivalent benefits, pay and other terms and conditions of employment. The new position must involve the same or substantially similar duties, responsibilities and authority ...

HR Law 101: The FMLA allows employers to refuse to reinstate workers returning from FMLA leave under limited circumstances. For example, if you have experienced a reduction in force due to the economy or a companywide reorganization, you may be able to eliminate a returning worker's job ...

HR Law 101: The FMLA's recordkeeping requirements are less onerous than those of some other federal laws. But you must handle FMLA medical records with the same level of confidentiality as required under the ADA ...

While a lot of the heat regarding same-sex marriage or civil unions has been focused on legal, political, philosophical, and religious issues, companies looking for a competitive edge have been quietly extending benefits to employees' same-sex domestic partners and adding same-sex non-discrimination policies to their employee handbooks. On February 19, employers in New Jersey become obligated to extend spousal benefits to employees' same-sex domestic partners. New Jersey joins California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and countless municipalities in mandating that employers provide same-sex domestic partners with some or all of the benefits spouses enjoy. Even if you haven't yet confronted this issue in your workplace, odds are you will in the future, so it's best to get up to speed now.