Human Resources

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Q. An employee was injured away from work. He is now demanding to return to work as an accommodation for his injuries, which he claims is a disability under both the ADA and Minnesota Human Rights Act. We do have a transitional work program, whereby we create work to aid workers injured on the job in returning to work. The work involves duties that we otherwise outsource, such as floor sweeping, etc. Our injured employee is not able to return to his prior position due to the physical nature of that job, and is now demanding that we provide him this sort of transitional work. Must we?
Q. We have an employee who is on final warning due to his poor attendance. The employee recently requested FMLA leave to care for his wife. While on FMLA leave, it was reported in the newspaper that the employee was arrested for drug possession. He was in jail for several days, including several workdays. The employee is now out of jail and wants to return to work. Can we treat the employee’s absences from work while in jail as occurrences under our attendance policy, or do we have to treat the time as FMLA leave, even though the employee could not have been caring for his wife the days in question since he was in jail?
Merely complaining about aches and pains isn’t enough to put an employer on notice that an employee is disabled and needs an ADA accommodation.
Think an employee is acting disrespectfully? Firing him for insubordination will probably stick.
A new online resource from the Seyfarth Shaw law firm offers a state-by-state description of established and new laws designed to protect employees’ privacy rights on social media.

Under the Equal Pay Act, workers of one sex who perform substantially similar jobs are entitled to the same pay as their counterparts of the opposite sex. But it doesn’t take much to make jobs dissimilar enough to thwart direct comparisons. Keep this in mind when preparing job descriptions and explaining pay differences.

A Small Business Administration report says 30% of employees admit to stealing from their employers. Every organization needs policies and procedures in place to curtail internal theft. Test your company’s efforts by answering the following questions.
Unions no longer need to collect employees’ handwritten signatures on authorization cards before they file an election petition.
Recently, Express Jet Airways placed a Muslim flight attendant on unpaid leave after she refused to serve alcohol during flights.
A woman who claimed she feared she would be fired if she took leave to take family members to medical appointments has lost her fight to receive unemployment benefits.