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Louisiana Employee Privacy Act

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Louisiana employers and employers across the country are required to protect a worker’s privacy. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that healthcare providers, insurance companies, pharmacies and others keep a patient’s medical information private. Employers who are self-insured are covered under HIPAA, too.

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Wisconsin NLRA Poster Requirement

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
When conducting an on-site compliance inspection in awarding federal contracts, inspectors will, as part of their routine inspection, check that the employer has properly displayed the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) posters.

Every Wisconsin federal contractor is obligated to display a NLRA poster under Executive Order 13496. ... continue reading

South Carolina NLRA Poster Requirement

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) poster lets workers know they have the legal right to join a union, form a union or assist a union. The poster also includes information about entering into collective bargaining agreements with the employers, and lists examples of legal and illegal contracts. Displayed ... continue reading

Hostile Work Environment in South Carolina

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
In the past, a South Carolina supervisor or manager who verbally abused all employees was not guilty of discrimination or of creating a hostile work environment. They were simply bad managers.

A hostile work environment occurred when the subject of abuse was targeted because of their sex, ... continue reading

Kentucky Sex Discrimination

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A recent case in the federal 2 nd Circuit Court of Appeals may change the perception of creating a hostile work environment. Kaytor v. McCarthy ruled that although Daniel McCarthy verbally abused and threatened employees of all races, sex and color, that did not excuse him from guilt of ... continue reading

Mississippi Sex Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A recent case has interesting implications for workers in Mississippi. In 2004, David McCarthy, an employee at Electric Boat Corp. was going through a divorce and began verbally abusing all of his employees, regardless of sex, color or race. Because he did not target a specific protected group, he ... continue reading

New Hampshire Hostile Work Environment

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Up until a recent ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, for a hostile work environment to exist, a New Hampshire employee had to be the specific target of abusive behavior due to religion, race, sex, or any of the groups protected under federal law. A supervisor or ... continue reading

Maryland Voting Laws

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Laws regarding time off from work for employees to vote vary from state to state. In Maryland, the employer must give workers time off to vote.

In some states, employers are legally required for provide unpaid time off to vote on Election Day. In the majority of ... continue reading

More Tennessee Discrimination Suits on Horizon

Friday, January 14th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling which will make litigation by employees easier in the Volunteer State, than in federal court. The ruling won by a narrow vote of 3 to 2. Tennessee’s Supreme Court consists of 5 justices, currently 2 men and 3 women. As ... continue reading

Worker Safety In Maine

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
In previous years, companies that reported no days of work lost, employees on light duty or employees transferred due to a work-related accident weren’t inspected by OSHA.

That policy, however, has changed. OSHA recently issued a memo requiring local offices to implement more inspections and crack down ... continue reading

More Changes in Regulations

Friday, December 31st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In the 2010 mid-term elections, Republicans won at least 60 seats in the house and 7 governor’s races. These record-breaking victories were the best showing by any party since 1948.

The House of Representatives showed the greatest gains. Republicans wrested control in states from Washington to Florida. ... continue reading

Vermont Minimum Wage Increases to $8.15 in 2011

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
On January 1, 2011, the Vermont minimum wage will increase from $8.06 to $8.15 per hour. This is the first increase since January 1, 2009.

The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase by 5 cents in 2011, from $4.15 to $4.20 per hour. Under Vermont state ... continue reading

Utah 7 Day Workweek Law

Monday, December 6th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees assume they are entitled to at least one day off every week. This is an incorrect assumption. There is no federal law requiring employers to give workers a day off. According to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), how many days a company schedules employees to work ... continue reading

Idaho Pregnancy Employment Law

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An Idaho reader wonders: A colleague is pregnant and claims her pregnancy protects her from being fired for any reason. Is she right?

The answer is: This employee isn’t completely right, nor is she completely wrong.

Being pregnant affords the Idaho employee some protection from ... continue reading

Maryland 7 Days Work Legal

Monday, November 8th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), scheduling is strictly between the employer and its employees. That means that under federal law, a company could schedule a worker 7 days in a row. There is no federal law which mandates companies give workers a day off.

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Delaware Vacation and Final Wages

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Vacation time and final wages upon termination can be a confusing topic for Delaware employers and their employees.

The confusion arises from lack of understanding of their legal rights. Many employees feel they are entitled to be paid for any unused vacation time when they leave a ... continue reading

Hawaii Vacation and Final Wages

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Marianne wonders, “When I leave my employer in Hawaii, will I be paid for my unused vacation time?”

The answer is “Not necessarily.” There is no Hawaii state law or federal law that mandates employers pay terminated employees for their unused vacation leave.

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Idaho Vacation and Final Wage Law

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Employees might wonder, is there a federal law requiring Idaho employers to pay employees for their unused vacation leave when the leave the company?

The answer is no. There is no federal law, nor is there an Idaho state law requiring payment of unused vacation time.

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Missouri Vacation and Final Wages Law

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many Missouri employers have asked if they are required by state law to pay employees for unused vacation leave when they leave the company.

The answer is not by state law. There is no Missouri state law or federal law that mandates this policy. Absence of state ... continue reading

Illinois Hostile Work Environment

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The term hostile work environment is often misused, causing confusing for Illinois employees.

Some people, especially as depicted in certain TV shows, think a hostile work environment exists any time an employer or coworker behaves badly. That is an incorrect assumption. Some people are obnoxious and ill-mannered, ... continue reading

Colorado Day of Rest Law

Friday, August 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Colorado does not have a law that requires employees to be given one day of rest per week, or a law that limits the number of hours an employee in general industry can be required to work.

Unlike many other states, Colorado does require that employees be ... continue reading

Illinois School Conference and Activity Leave

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Illinois has a law that requires employers to give a parent or guardian time off to attend classroom activities and parent-teacher conferences, but it is much less generous than similar laws in other states, such as California and Colorado. Illinois allows only 8 hours of leave per school year, ... continue reading

Changes to Insurance Cost under Healthcare Reform

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Group health insurance premiums are expected to rise 9% in 2011, compared to 11-20% for small employers in 2010, according to a report recently released by PricewaterhouseCoopers or PWC.

More employers are eliminating co-pays for visits to a doctor’s office and charging workers a percentage of the ... continue reading

Idaho Hostile Work Environment

Monday, June 28th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Idaho employers and workers often assume that the terms “sexual harassment” and “hostile work environment” are interchangeable. This assumption is incorrect. While these two terms indicate negative situations in the workplace, they do not mean the same thing.

Sexual harassment is negative behavior directed to an employee ... continue reading

Colorado Hostile Work Environment

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Some Colorado employers and employees have asked if “hostile work environment” and “sexual harassment” mean the same thing.

The answer is no. The terms are not interchangeable.

Sexual harassment occurs when a Colorado employee, male or female, is subjected to unwanted attention due to his ... continue reading

Delaware Hostile Work Environment

Monday, June 14th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In a recent EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) case approximately a dozen current and former female sales employees were awarded over $12 million. These women worked for a chain of new car dealerships, where the owner and managers referred to them as “dingbats” and made derisive comments when they ... continue reading

Florida Hostile Work Environment

Monday, June 7th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A recent EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) case settled a hostile work environment complaint with the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois. In this case, the Executive Chef continually referred to the Hispanic employees as “dumb Mexicans” and “wetbacks”. The court ruled that this created a hostile work environment for ... continue reading

Connecticut Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Connecticut employees wonder exactly what their responsibilities are regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.

Their responsibility it to stop existing behavior and prevent further incidents. It is the employer’s legal responsibility to provide a harassment-free environment. Employers should understand that workers are entitled to do their jobs ... continue reading

Maryland Hostile Work Environment

Monday, May 31st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
According to federal antidiscrimination laws, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide a work environment free from discrimination. That means that if anyone creates a hostile work environment on the job, the employer must put a stop to it.

Unfortunately, Maryland employers often assume that ... continue reading

Oklahoma Hostile Work Environment

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Nothing seems to confuse both employers and employees in Oklahoma more than the concept of the “hostile work environment.” It often pops up as a catch-all phrase for everything from sexual harassment to cranky bosses.

There are two specific conditions that must be met before behavior can ... continue reading