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Rehabilitation Act in Connecticut

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal Act that helps to ensure that employees in states across the country will be treated equally in the workplace, regardless of whether or not they have a disability. Employees with disabilities are covered by the Act as well as employees in states across the ... continue reading

DUA in California

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that applies to many employees in states across the country, including employees in the state of California. When an employee has been in a disaster, the employee may be able to receive financial compensation from the federal government if the employee ... continue reading

JSIA in Colorado

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that helps to ensure that employees in states across the country are able to take necessary time off of work in order to fulfill a commitment to the courts system. When an employee has been summoned to serve on a jury, ... continue reading

ADA in Arkansas

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that pertains to many employees in the state of Arkansas. When an employee has a record of having a disability, the employee may receive coverage under the Act. Also, job applicants that have disabilities could receive coverage under the Act.

... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act in Colorado

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees in the state of Colorado. However, not all employees will be covered by the Act. In order for an employee to receive coverage under the Act, the employee not only needs to work for a qualifying company, but ... continue reading

DUA in Arkansas

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that is in place in order to provide employees with financial assistance if they are ever in a situation in which they cannot work because of a disaster. When there is a large-scale disaster, such as a fire or a flood, ... continue reading

Light Duty in Ohio

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of Ohio, there is no law requiring employers to place an employee on light duty, if no appropriate job happens to be available.  There is also no federal law offering such protection.  Even though there is no state or federal law that addresses the topic, there have ... continue reading

Idaho Travel Time and FLSA

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Workers in Idaho have asked:  Are employees entitled to pay for the time spent traveling to different job sites?

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), employers have to pay workers for travel time if the workers have to travel from outside of the employer’s normal ... continue reading

Florida Payday

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

It is illegal for employers not to pay workers on payday in Florida and in most states.  Employers are allowed to choose which day they pay employees, but the have to honor that payday once it is designated.

Should the employer for whatever reason not pay their workers on ... continue reading

Arkansas OSHA Cold Stress

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

For Arkansas employees who work outdoors in industries such as construction, snow removal, utilities, roadwork, and agriculture, special precautions must be taken in order to prevent illness or injury.  It is important that employers be aware of the various hazards that are posed by cold weather in the workplace.

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Alabama Minimum Wage

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Alabama is one of 5 U.S. states with no minimum wage, so most workers in the state are covered by the federal minimum wage, which is currently $5.85.

The federal minimum wage will increase by 70 cents from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour on July 24, 2008.  This increase ... continue reading

USERRA in Wyoming

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Diane

USERRA, or Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, is a federal Act that helps to ensure that employees in states across the country can take time away from work in order to serve in the military. The Act was put into place in 1994 in order to replace the ... continue reading

JSIA in Alaska

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees in states across the country, including many employees in Alaska. The Act helps to ensure that when an employee has been called to serve on a jury, the employer will not discriminate against the employee for ... continue reading

WHCRA in Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Womens Health and Cancer Rights Act is a federal Act that helps to ensure that when a woman has to go through a mastectomy, she can have additional treatments that might be related to the mastectomy. The Act is a federal Act, which means that it applies to many ... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act in Alaska

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Many employees in the state of Alaska need to be aware of their rights under the Rehabilitation Act. The Act is a federal Act that applies to employees in states across the country, not just Alaska. When an employee has a recorded disability, the employee may receive coverage under the ... continue reading

FMLA in Washington, DC for Pets

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal Act that helps to ensure that employees in states across the country, including employees in Washington, DC, can have coverage if they need to take time off of work to care for a sick or injured family member or to care ... continue reading

Illinois Payday

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In Illinois, it is against the law for an employer not to pay their workers on payday.  This is also illegal in other states.

Some states require that employers fulfill promises of wages, and sometimes promises of benefits, that they make to their workers.  The state Department of Labor ... continue reading

Florida FMLA and Termination

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employees who have taken a leave under FMLA but still cannot return to work after 12 weeks risk losing their jobs. 

In Florida, and in other states, most situations like these allow for the employer to terminate the worker’s employment after the 12 weeks allowed under FMLA have been ... continue reading

Connecticut Workplace Violence

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The United States Department of Labor insists that there is an overall decrease in the amount of violence in the workplace.

In Connecticut, and the rest of the U.S., the rate of workplace violence has gone down.  Even so, there are still some widely publicized news stories reporting cases ... continue reading

Arizona Minimum Wage Goes to $6.90

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The Arizona minimum wage increased 15 cents on January 1, 2008.  The hourly rate went from $6.75 to $6.90.  Under the Arizona statute, this is an annual cost of living increase.

The Industrial Commission of Arizona has to adjust the state’s minimum wage each year, according to Arizona’s new ... continue reading

Alabama OSHA Cold Stress

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employers in Alabama should be aware of the hazards posed by cold weather in the workplace.  Workers who are particularly at risk include those who work outside in such industries as utilities, agriculture, roadwork, snow removal, and construction.  Those who work as emergency responders are especially at risk, for cold-related ... continue reading

ADA in Alaska

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Many employees in the state of Alaska are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is a federal Act that helps to ensure that when an employee has a disability, the employer will not discriminate against the employee for reasons that are directly related to the disability. The Act ... continue reading

Light Duty in New Jersey

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The American’s with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is a regulation that requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.  In some cases, this might include light duty. The employee has to ask for these accommodations.  A light duty accommodation might be something like allowing the employee to sit ... continue reading

Light Duty in Nebraska

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Light duty is not required in either Nebraska or federal law.  Employers do not have an obligation to place workers on light duty.  Some regulations regarding light duty issues have been made by the U.S. Department of Labor, however.

There is no general requirement that forces employers to put ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The United States Department of Labor says that in some situations paid leave in Massachusetts may be deducted from an employee’s unpaid leave under FMLA.  This depends upon what state a worker is in, as well as the company policy.

Also according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in Maryland

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The Family Medical Leave Act provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for eligible employees for purposes related to childbirth, adoption, placement of a foster child, illness, or the sickness of an immediate family member.  Some companies also offer paid time off including sick days, vacation time, personal days ... continue reading

Georgia Polygraph

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Georgia does not have a separate polygraph law for employment.  Instead, the state follows the federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act.  This act prohibits the majority of private employers from administering polygraph, or lie detector tests, for pre-employment screening.  It also prohibits such tests after an employee is hired for a ... continue reading

JSIA in California

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Jury Systems Improvement Act is a federal Act that helps to ensure that when an employee needs to take time away from work in order to serve on a jury, the employee can take the time without worrying that the employer will terminate him or her for doing so. ... continue reading

ADA in Arizona

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to many employees in the state of Arizona, just as it applies to many employees in states across the country. When an employee has a record of having a disability, the employee should be able to work without feeling that he or she is ... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act in California

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees and employers in states across the country, including in the state of California. According to the Act, employers may not discriminate against employees for reasons that are directly related to their disabilities, if employees have a disability. The ... continue reading