Q. An employee's been on FMLA leave for pregnancy for about 17 weeks. Now that the 16 weeks (12 under FMLA, plus four additional in our state) have expired, we plan to terminate her and let her know that she is eligible for rehire when and if she returns to work. Are we legally safe? —C.A., California
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Q. I'm under the impression that our company is obligated to give employees all vacation accrued up to the time of their FMLA leave, but we're not obligated to let employees accrue vacation leave during their FMLA leave. Am I right? —B.K., Wisconsin
Q. Our company routinely runs background checks on all people to whom we offer positions. Can we legally disclose an employee’s background information to a customer who requests it? (The employee is working on the customer’s job site.) —L.B., North Carolina
Q. Our business has 14 employees, and we pay 100 percent of their health insurance costs. One employee is out on workers' comp. Are we required to continue paying his health insurance, or can we offer him COBRA? —P.F., Delaware
Q. Are all employers required to have affirmative action plans? —T.S., Maryland
For Texas employers, the long-range forecast shows an unstable union atmosphere over the next several years, with pressure building from health care costs, outsourcing and immigration reform. As the united front of the AFL-CIO and the new Change to Win union blow through the state, damage may be significant ...
If you're facing an employment lawsuit, don't bother probing into the employee's immigration status during the lawsuit's discovery phase. The EEOC has long held that immigration status is irrelevant to any underlying discrimination claims, and a recent federal court ruling supports this stance ...
Employers who rely on the expertise of foreign scientists, engineers and nurses would be wise to review the processes they use to recruit and pay employees under H-1B visas. The EEOC has taken a keen interest in whether promises made to induce foreign talent into the United States are being honored. And more visa holders are hiring lawyers and suing for broken promises ...
Q. Should we pay for travel time if the employee's drive from home to the first job site is a very long distance (example: Los Angeles to San Diego)? —L.S., California
Execs talk a lot about external threats to their organization, but they often overlook the elephant in the room: a tuned-out work force that isn't giving 100 percent.