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The Limits to Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace

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By Eric B. Meyer Many of us, including me, have a loved one or friend who has suffered through mental illness. With proper treatment, counseling and support, the symptoms may be controllable. However, sometimes medication and treatment aren’t enough. Mental illness, which generally qualifies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act,…

Avoid Replacement Game-Playing With a “Tire-Tread” Guarantee

Hi Jeff, I am a sole proprietor who runs both a contingency and retained search recruiting firm. Your writing has guided me ever since I started in business in 1997. Your understanding of our business, legal knowledge and humor are priceless. We thank you for helping make us all successful! A client of…

The ADA at 25: It’s Comes Down to Making a Reasonable Accommodation

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By Eric B. Meyer Yesterday, the Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the EEOC has created a new resource which addresses the state of the ADA, lists important milestones, and offers links to a series of ADA resources. Save the Family and Medical Leave Act, I get more…

Coming Soon to Congress: A New, Comprehensive LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

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By Eric B. Meyer On Monday, I got into last week’s EEOC ruling that sexual-orientation discrimination is sex discrimination and, therefore, violates Title VII. Yesterday, I took up the First Amendment Defense Act, which has been described by the ACLU as “Indiana on Steroids.” On Thursday, make way for the Equality Act, according to Chris Johnson at the…

Why the EEOC Decision on Sexual Orientation Bias May Not Change Your Workplace

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By Eric B. Meyer Last week, I briefly mentioned the EEOC’s recent decision, in which it concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal anti-discrimination law that bans employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex, also forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual). The EEOC concluded that sex…

Avoid Trouble. Eliminate Those Too Big Marketing Claims

Editor’s note: Jeff Allen has heard every employer excuse you can imagine for not paying up — and dozens more that defy imagination. A few years ago he began documenting them in a weekly collections column. Because of the importance of collections, Fordyce will periodically reprise the most common situations he addressed. What…

You Want to Sue? Read This Before You Do Anything

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Placement law has really changed. It used to consist of contract and labor law — good-faith agreements interpreted differently, arguments over wages, or other items that arise in business transactions. The parties know each other, the dispute centers around money, and the amount is known. Litigation is a gamble, but legally it’s more…

Don’t Work the Search Without An Acceptance

Editor’s note: Jeff Allen has heard every employer excuse you can imagine for not paying up — and dozens more that defy imagination. A few years ago he began documenting them in a weekly collections column. Because of the importance of collections, Fordyce will periodically reprise the most common situations he addressed. What…

Congress Again Considering Temp Worker Tax Simplification Law

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One of the bigger headaches for staffing firms that place temp workers across state lines is the jumble of tax laws that have to be considered. Agencies who contract with a back-office provider or a payroll service may only need one aspirin, but for those firms who handle their own payroll, figuring out…