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Manager's Legal Bulletin

Q. One of our workers often wears T-shirts with slogans that have a strong political bent to them. Some employees have complained. Is it a violation of employees’ free speech rights to ban such clothing?

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Countless employees juggle both work and caregiving responsibilities, which may extend beyond caring for children to caring for parents or other elderly family members or relatives with disabilities. Here are some of the most common stereotypes associated with employees with caregiving responsibilities, as well as the illegal employment actions in which they can manifest.

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Q. What factors do the courts use to determine if termination is an appropriate penalty?

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What do job candidates think of you when they leave the interview? Well, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, 26% claim they had a bad experience as a job applicant.

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Q. Is it a violation of the PDA to fire a pregnant employee for excessive absenteeism and lateness?

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Q. The regular workweek for employees in my department is 37.5 hours, rather than 40. Should their overtime be calculated based on the hours they work over 37.5?

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Here are some real-life examples of what job candidates have told hiring managers, according to a recent CareerBuilder.com report:

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Younger … groom … those are some dangerous words a hiring manager can utter in front of a job candidate.

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To contact or not to contact? Perhaps you had better call that reference. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 69% of employers said they have changed their minds about a candidate after speaking with a reference.

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Problem: If an employee’s insubordinate behavior was caused by her bipolar disorder and you fire her, is the termination a violation of the Americans with Dis­­abil­­ities Act?

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