Paid suspension is hardly ‘intolerable’

  • December 08, 2017

An employee can quit and sue for constructive discharge if the working conditions are truly intolerable. Being suspended with pay pending an investigation doesn’t...

Be ready to explain lower pay after complaint

  • November 21, 2017

When employees complain about discrimination or some other employment law violation, that’s generally considered protected activity. Punishing them in a way that...

Document business reasons for staffing moves

  • November 20, 2017

Document the timing and explanation for all employment actions. It’s hard for employees to win lawsuits over transfers, demotions or discharges when the employer has...

100% healed back-to-work rule could backfire

  • October 31, 2017

Do you have a companywide policy that requires all workers who are out on leave to get a doctor’s certification that they are completely healed before they can return...

Fingerprint time tracking? Check state law

  • October 26, 2017

In recent years, employers have seized on biometric technologies such as fingerprint scanning as a way to control time-clock abuse. But before you rush out to buy the...

Beware small changes that could be retaliation

  • October 24, 2017

Punishing a worker for using FMLA leave is illegal retaliation—and the punishment doesn’t have to be something big like termination. Even seemingly minor acts can...

Court: Nursing mom entitled to light duty

  • September 22, 2017

In an important case that could carve out new rights for new mothers, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that employees returning to work after giving birth may...