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The HR Specialist: Employment Law

Two cashiers at a Forever 21 retail store in California were allegedly forbidden to speak Spanish at work and then threatened with termination for filing a discrimination complaint.

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A woman who was offered an insurance job asked about maternity benefits because she was pregnant. Minutes later, she received an email revoking the offer.

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By now, managers and HR reps probably know to avoid writing anything on applications or résumés that could be interpreted as discriminatory based on race, sex, religion, age or disability. It’s also unwise to attach sticky notes that imply bias.

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Florida says fraud is one reason workers’ comp premiums for businesses rose by 14.5% last year.

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State/local law changes caused a full 85% of employers to update their policies or handbooks in 2016 and 54% to provide additional employee training.

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A survey by the Littler law firm asked 1,200 U.S. executives which Obama-era law or regulation would they most like to see repealed or revised.

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Saying that strict OSHA safety regulations make it “impossible to build anything,” President Trump has already begun rolling back workplace safety rules.

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A Papa John’s pizza franchise with 31 locations in Florida was ordered to pay $140,000 as part of a U.S. Justice Department investigation.

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A Florida trucking company refused to hire a military veteran who used a service dog, citing its “no pets” policy.

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If employees are totally blindsided by poor reviews or terminations, they are much more likely to file lawsuits. But if workers receive coaching and progressive discipline, they’ll see the bad news coming a mile away, and they’ll have little reason or motivation to play the legal card. Follow this seven-step method whenever giving negative feedback:

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