Legal, Compliance & Policies

How Do You Handle Employees With a Super Bowl Hangover Today?

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By Eric B. Meyer Carolina Panthers. Denver Broncos. Meh. Doritos won the Super Bowl, am I right? But, for the 10 percent of your workforce that may be missing work today because of a Super Bowl “hangover,” you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get their opinions on the Super Bowl commercials. Handling those who…

Can You Forbid an Employee From Job Hunting While on FMLA Leave?

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By Eric B. Meyer Last Monday, one of my favorite HR bloggers, Suzanne Lucas, aka The Evil HR Lady, addressed a reader question about whether a company can legally prohibit an employee from seeking other employment while on leave covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As part of her post, Her Evilness…

What Employers Need to Know About Dealing With the Zika Virus

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By Thomas Benjamin Huggett The Zika virus is receiving significant press coverage, including reports that it may cause birth defects if pregnant women are exposed. Employers may wonder if they have obligations to protect or accommodate employees under state and federal law, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Americans with…

Surprise: Unreported Hours Worked May Count Towards Employee’s FMLA Eligibility

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By Eric B. Meyer It takes 1,250 hours. An employee needs to have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to be eligible to take qualified leave. A few years ago, I blogged about a case involving a teacher…

Gambling in the Workplace: It’s Anything But a Safe Bet

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By Roger L. Grandgenett II and Sandra C. Ketner So you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot? There are still plenty of opportunities to win big in the next few weeks as Super Bowl 50, March Madness, and even the Oscars quickly approach. Many employees will likely be solicited by their fellow co-workers or supervisors to…

In Real Life HR, an Employee Who Punches a Fellow Employee Gets Fired

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The world of the NBA brings us the real live HR Game Show – What Would You Do? I know most of you could care less about professional basketball, and I promise, this post isn’t about basketball. In case you didn’t hear about it, last week All Star Blake Griffin of the Los…

What Caused Employee to Claim Disability Discrimination on Her 2nd Day of Work?

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By Eric B. Meyer When was the last time that you trained your managers and supervisors on how to address disability accommodation requests? Or, how about the last time that you reminded your supervisors and managers that an employee with a disability needs to be treated respectfully? If it’s been a while (or, maybe, I dunno, forever),…

Proposed Rule Would Require Employers to Report Pay Based on Gender and Race

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By Richard Meneghello and Sarah Moore The Obama Adminstration announced Friday its intent to gather additional pay information from larger employers, forcing all businesses with over 100 workers to provide detailed information about their pay practices in an effort to address gender discrimination. If the President’s plan moves forward as expected, employers will be…

Appeals Court Adds a New Wrinkle to the Unpaid Intern Question

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By John E. Thompson Readers will recall that last July, the New York-based Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) adopted a “primary benefit” framework for determining whether a for-profit entity’s unpaid intern is or is not an “employee” for purposes of the federal Fair Labor…