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Alabama Hostile Work Environment

Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many Alabama employees have questions regarding a hostile work environment. In a federal case, the regional manager of a fast-food franchise in Dallas was awarded more than $166,000 recently because of jokes about her hearing impairment in the workplace.

The manager took her complaint to the EEOC, ... continue reading

Georgia Swine Flu Warnings

Friday, September 11th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Every employee and employer needs to take steps to prevent the Swine Flu this fall and winter. The last major global influenza pandemic was in 1918. About 50 million people died, or about one third of the population of Europe. That was more than all of the people killed ... continue reading

Indiana Swine Flu Warnings

Monday, June 15th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Should Indiana employees be worried about Swine Flu? While there is no immediate danger, it is good to be informed.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu afflicted 50% of the world’s population, affecting people in every city and town. About 50 million people died, which is comparable to ... continue reading

Mississippi Swine Flu Plan

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a 47 page guide Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic that will help any employer with their Mississippi Swine Flu plan. This guide lists health measures from having sufficient tissues, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and drinking water on hand to providing ... continue reading

Michigan Swine Flu Warnings

Monday, June 1st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Michigan employees and employers need to be informed about influenza, including the Swine Flu.

It is not unusual in the fall of the year to see advertisements for flu shots. Influenza usually strikes during the winter, and can be fatal to the elderly, to infants and to ... continue reading

Ohio Swine Flu Warnings

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Ohio Swine Flu Warnings

 

Although most of the scare has past, Ohio employers should have a plan in place for a major flu outbreak.

It is not unusual in the fall of the year to see advertisements for flu shots. Influenza usually ... continue reading

Kentucky ADA

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
What constitutes “reasonable accommodations” for disabled employees in Kentucky? The answer depends on the job and on the employer.

After passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, all employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for employees with a disability. These accommodations can include change ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in Nevada

Friday, March 13th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against a worker because of age in employment practices such as hiring, firing, advancement and salary. This law, however, only applies to workers aged 40 and over.

Several Nevada employees wonder if any laws ... continue reading

Dress Code in Indiana

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides freedom from religious discrimination in the workplace. The law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for a worker’s religious beliefs, including how the worker dresses.

The law applies, however, only to those workers with sincerely held beliefs. ... continue reading

Wisconsin Religious Discrimination

Friday, February 6th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Muslim employees, in most cases, are allowed to practice their religious beliefs in the workplace in Wisconsin and across the nation. Some Wisconsin employees have asked if that right includes taking prayer breaks.

In most cases, the answer is yes, unless it causes undue hardship for the ... continue reading

Vermont Payday

Saturday, December 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Vermont and many other states have established minimum wage laws. According to these laws, it is illegal for any employer not to pay its workers on the established payday.

By not paying workers on the regular payday, the employer is effectively not paying the employee anything at ... continue reading

Michigan Sexual Orientation

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on sex, religion, race, national origin and color. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibit discrimination against disabilities and age. All of these laws prohibit discrimination in ... continue reading

Missouri Discrimination

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In the near future, there may be a law making it illegal to discriminate based on an employee’s sexual orientation. A bill (ENDA) prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination passed the U.S. House in 2007, however, it never made it past the Senate. Currently there is no federal law or Missouri ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Polygraph

Thursday, November 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employees are curious if it’s legal for Pennsylvania employers to use polygraph tests as a pre-employment tool.

In most cases, the answer is no. Since Pennsylvania has no polygraph law, the federal law applies. The Employee Polygraph Protection Act prohibits the majority of private employers from utilizing ... continue reading

Washington Polygraph

Thursday, November 6th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Several employees have asked, “Are pre-employment polygraph tests legal in Washington?”

The answer to this question is usually no, pre-employment polygraphs are not legal. According to the federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA), most private employers are prohibited from using polygraph tests to screen applicants, or to ... continue reading

West Virginia Worker Safety and ATVs

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
West Virginia industries and employers, particularly those that require a lot of outdoor work, are increasing their use of ATVs (or All Terrain Vehicles). These vehicles have four large, puffy tires and look like a recreational toy, so people often do not realize how dangerous they can be.

... continue reading

Minnesota Sex Discrimination and Height

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Discrimination due to gender is prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII, as is discrimination due to race, religion, color and national origin. This law applies to all aspects of employment, including benefits, training, salary, hiring, firing and advancement.  

Sexual harassment is ... continue reading

Wyoming Hostile Work Environment and Disability

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against employees due to a disability. The law also requires that employers must make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers.

All aspects of Wyoming employment are protected from discrimination by the ADA, and by Title VII of the ... continue reading

Illinois Worker Safety and ATVs

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
When an Illinois employer utilizes an ATV (or All Terrain Vehicle), the employee must be properly trained to handle the vehicle. Though ATVs look like a lot of fun, and more of a toy than a vehicle, they can be dangerous, even fatal. A recreational accident of an ATV ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in Massachusetts

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Consider a company that is tired of hiring immature workers. As an antidote to the problem, the business decides to set a minimum age of 25 for all future hires. Some employees wonder if this policy would constitute age discrimination.   

If an employer in Massachusetts institutes ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in Arkansas

Friday, October 24th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against workers 40 years old and older solely based on their age. This Act covers employment aspects such as working environment, training, advancement, training and compensation.  

As a result, an employer who’s tired of ... continue reading

Religious Discrimination in Nevada

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against workers because of their religion. As a result of this law, employers are required to make “reasonable accommodations” for a worker’s “sincerely held” religious beliefs.

Nevada employees have ... continue reading

Religious Discrimination in North Carolina

Sunday, October 12th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
After 9/11, there have been several court cases involving religious discrimination, specifically against Muslims. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination against an employee due to their religion, race, sex, color or national origin in all aspects of employment. This means that these factors cannot ... continue reading

Disciplinary Notices in South Carolina

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employers have noted that providing a written warning to an employee of misconduct or an infraction of company policy often has more impact than a verbal warning. Since there is no state or federal law that governs written warnings, Human Resources professionals devised a discipline procedure. This procedure is ... continue reading

Texas Employment at Will

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employees in Texas want to understand what “employment at will” means at work.

“Employment at will” is a legal concept which means that unless a written contract is in place, an employer may terminate an employee at any time, for any reason, or without a reason. The ... continue reading

Mississippi Confidential Files

Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employees in Mississippi wonder exactly what is involved in their state’s “two -lock system” for keeping medical information confidential.

The term two-lock system is often used to mean keeping data secure from unauthorized use within and without the company. Several federal laws, including the ADA (Americans with ... continue reading

Florida Travel Time and FLSA

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Paid travel time during the workday is a topic for consideration for many Florida employees. If the job requires traveling from job site to job site, is that considered paid time? Is travel time to the first job site of the day paid time?

The federal law, ... continue reading

New Hampshire Workplace Violence

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of homicides in the workplace is declining, however the awareness of the problem is growing as a result of increased media coverage.   In 2006, the BLS reports that 754 individuals were murdered on the job site, a decline of ... continue reading

South Dakota Workplace Violence

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
South Dakota employers should be aware that while incidents of violence in the workplace has declined in recent years, there were still 754 individuals who were killed as a result of violent acts and assaults occurring on the job site.   The United States Department of Labor asserts that ... continue reading

Washington Workplace Violence

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Workplace violence in Washington and throughout the nation is declining.   From 1994 until 2006, the number of deaths in the workplace as a result of violent acts and assaults dropped by an incredible 50%.   This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.   The BLS states ... continue reading