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Hurricane Harvey Presents HR Issues For Employers

When confronted with a natural disaster employers may be forced to shut down and/or employees may be unable to report to work.  These circumstances raise issues regarding entitlement to pay. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees must only be paid for all hours worked.  Thus, they are not entitled to pay during […]

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How Accommodating Must an Employer Be Under the ADA?

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a reasonable accommodation regulated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one that permits the employee to do his/her job and it need NOT be the accommodation the employee requests. This holding chips away at the widely held belief that disabled employees are super-protected […]

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Family and Medical Leave Act Tips:

Run FMLA time concurrently with sick leave. Although an employee may not want to use FMLA time if he/she has sick time or other paid leave time available, it is up to the employer to designate leave as FMLA-qualifying. This will minimize the amount of time off in any year. Make sure that company policy […]

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The Intersection of Employee Discipline and Harassment/Discrimination Complaints

Can an employee with performance issues “insulate” him/herself from termination by alleging harassment or discrimination in the workplace? Maybe!  The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently allowed a retaliation claim to proceed to trial by an employee who was asked to resign or be terminated one day after she made a sexual harassment report […]

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FMLA Tips:

Run FMLA time concurrently with sick leave. Although an employee may not want to use FMLA time if he/she has sick time or other paid leave time available, it is up to the employer to designate leave as FMLA-qualifying. This will minimize the amount of time off in any year. Make sure that company policy […]

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New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination And Related Issues

On July 14, 2014 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a document entitled: “Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues.” This document supersedes an EEOC Compliance Manual dating back to 1991. It provides guidance regarding the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) enacted in 1978 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they apply […]

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Family and Medical Leave Act Musings

Intermittent Leave While FMLA leave may be taken in small increments to allow an employee to attend a doctor’s appointment or care for a sick child, employers should be aware of employees who seek to apply FMLA leave to such things as random work breaks and late arrivals.  A recent case decided by the Fifth […]

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IRS And State Announce Crackdown On Employers Who Misclassify Workers

In today’s difficult economy, many businesses use independent contractors to perform work instead of hiring employees as a way to save money on taxes, workers compensation premiums and unemployment compensation. Contractors are easier to hire and fire, usually are not paid overtime, and don’t receive employee benefits. However, they can perform many of the same […]

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