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Anniken Davenport

It’s never a good idea to diagnose or suspect your employees of a disability. If you suspect an employee may be disabled, keep it to yourself.

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While workplace holiday parties are perfectly acceptable when it comes to business etiquette and protocol, this year only 65% of companies plan to hold one.

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How to create a voluntary affirmative action policy that doesn’t stray too far from certain employment laws.

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Employers can help foreign applicants or employees arrange visas to work and live in the U.S. But doing so doesn’t create an employment contract.

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Nonexempt employees must be paid for all hours they work. Time clocks and other time-tracking systems are designed to ensure workers receive all the pay they are entitled to.

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Workers have just two years to file a lawsuit over alleged FMLA violations unless they can prove their employer willfully violated the law. If they can, they get another year to sue.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ramping up its efforts to ensure everyone who works in the United States is authorized to do so. Audits of employers’ I-9 records are ICE’s primary compliance tool.

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Sometimes people—including supervisors—say or do stupid and offensive things. But an employer doesn’t always have to terminate the offending employee. Imposing discipline designed to prevent a recurrence may be the best approach.

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Once an employee shows her need for religious accommodation, the burden shifts to the employer to show that it can’t be accomplished without undue hardship. And that’s a tough thing to do.

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Employees can’t be punished for taking FMLA leave. But what are their responsibilities to their jobs when they’re out?

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A female employee sued for sex discrimination when she felt that she was told to do her job more like a man. Did her case have enough merit?

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Can disabled employees insist on lower production standards or the ability to do their jobs at their own pace?

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Is your hiring process clear? Do candidates understand exactly what they need to do to be considered for a job or promotion?

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A recent case from the 8th Circuit shows that sometimes, the best investigator isn’t someone from your own HR department.

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When conducting layoffs, some employers give preference to more experienced workers. But do the disabled have a right to that preference?

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How can you discharge or discipline an employee without ending up in court? Here are seven key tests of whether there’s “just cause” for your action.

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Duluth recently became the third Minnesota city to enact a paid sick and safe time ordinance, following the lead of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The ordinance differs in key ways from its Twin Cities cousins’.

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Make sure to document a worker’s performance decline to protect your company if you fire the worker and he or she sues alleging discrimination.

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Employers want safe workplaces. Applicants with criminal records want a chance at gainful employment. How do you balance those interests?

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As a result of a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the rollover distribution rules are now more relaxed for rollovers of defaulted loans resulting from plan terminations or a participant’s failure to repay a loan upon severance from employment.

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