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New GINA Regulations in Louisiana

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The EEOC recently issued final regulations for enforcement of GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ). These regulations mean that employers must warn employees not to reveal genetic information to the employer, a manager or supervisor.

The new regulations stipulate that Louisiana employers:

Immediately provide employees ... continue reading

Arkansas Employee Privacy Act

Monday, December 13th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Several laws require that Arkansas employers protect an employee’s privacy, including HIPAA, ADA and others. State laws can also require privacy in some cases.

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA requires that healthcare providers, insurance companies, pharmacies and others keep the patient’s medical ... continue reading

South Dakota Vacation Law

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In early 2009, Congress introduced a bill to require employers to offer their worker paid sick leave. However, the law never made it out of committee.   

At present no federal law exists mandating companies provide paid sick leave. In fact, there is no federal law that ... continue reading

Wisconsin Sick Pay

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many Wisconsin employees wonder about their paid sick leave. Is there a state law that requires employers to give workers a specific number of days of paid sick time?

The answer is no. There is no Wisconsin law mandating the number of sick days a company is ... continue reading

Florida Sick Pay

Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Policies for providing Florida employees paid sick leave are determined by each individual employer, if the employer decides to offer this benefit. Employers have this right, because they are not legally obligated to provide paid sick time at all. There is no Florida law that requires it. There is ... continue reading

Light Duty in Arizona

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
There are several false assumptions regarding light duty restrictions. First, the employer is not required to create a light duty position if one is not already available. Two, there is no Arizona or federal law addressing light duty. Each company is within its rights to establish its own light ... continue reading

Nevada Swine Flu Plan

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has been recommending for at least the last 5 years that employers put an emergency influenza plan into effect. OSHA suggests every employer in Nevada and in the country put a plan in place now, before they need it.

Most Nevada ... continue reading

Texas Swine Flu Warnings

Monday, May 25th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Texas employees and employers need to take precautions regarding Swine Flu.

In April, 2009, the CDC issued an alert on Swine Flu , the 2009 H1N1 Influenza virus. The current outbreak is centered mostly in Mexico, but this type of flu could easily become an epidemic of ... continue reading

Louisiana Short Term Disability

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Are Louisiana employees entitled to paid short-term disability, either by Louisiana state law, or by federal law?

The answer to this question is no. There is no federal or Louisiana state law, which guarantees income for workers on short-term disability. There are federal programs, which offer assistance, ... continue reading

Indiana Job Security Under FMLA

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Is there any federal or state law that requires an Indiana employer to “hold a job open” for an employee on FMLA? The short answer the question is no. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has no bearing on what occurs while the employee is gone, only ... continue reading

Michigan Short Term Disability

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Michigan employees have wondered what short-term disability benefits are offered by Michigan or federal law.

Several federal programs offer short-term disability benefits, but there is no Michigan or federal law which guarantees income for employees on short-term disability.

The Social Security Administration offers short-term disability ... continue reading

Wisconsin Disability

Friday, April 3rd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) an employer cannot refuse to hire a worker simply because he or she is disabled. The law requires the employer to make reasonable accommodations for the worker, and to consider the person’s qualifications without including the disability as a hiring ... continue reading

South Carolina ADA

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
South Carolina employers are required by federal law to make “reasonable accommodations” for workers with disabilities. These accommodations are mandated by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) which was passed in 1990. Exactly what is considered “reasonable” can vary from job to job, and from company to company.

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Massachusetts Sick Pay

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Massachusetts law does not require employers to provide workers paid sick time. Neither does federal law. In fact, there is no state or federal law regarding sick pay at all.

No state requires employers to pay for accrued sick time either. Ten states mandate that companies pay ... continue reading

Light Duty in Arkansas

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers, whether the disability is temporary or permanent. Failure to do so constitutes discrimination and is illegal.

In the case of a worker put on light duty restriction, employers are not bound by ... continue reading

Intermittent FMLA in Arizona

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employees who have worked 1,250 hours over 12 months for the same employer are allowed to take FMLA leave (Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993). Under this Act, workers are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per 12 months for “serious health conditions” and situations ... continue reading

Idaho STD and Termination

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Short term disability is considered a private insurance, even when purchased through work. Therefore, terms of the plans vary depending on what the employee purchased. Some companies offer 13 to 26 weeks. Some businesses offer 52 weeks. New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, California and Rhode Island have mandatory state ... continue reading

Kansas STD and Termination

Saturday, September 13th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Can a worker on short term disability be terminated for being away from work too much? If a Kansas worker takes 11 weeks of short term disability, can he or she go on disability again in the same year?

The above questions refer to two separate issues. ... continue reading

Arizona STD and Termination

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Arizona employees ask two questions. Can a worker use short-term disability more than once per year? Can a company terminate a worker on disability for taking too much leave?

First of all, whatever plans a company utilizes, they must be applied fairly and evenly to all employees. ... continue reading

ADA Hawaii

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that applies to many employers and employees in the state of Hawaii. Because the Act is a federal Act, it potentially applies to employers and employees in states across the country. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees with disabilities ... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act Idaho

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal Act that applies to many employers and employees in states across the country, including employers and employees in the state of Idaho. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees that have disabilities for reasons that are directly related to the employees’ disabilities.

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DUA Washington

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that is administered by the federal government in order to provide financial assistance to employees tha are out of work as a direct result of a disaster. Many employees in states across the country, including the state of Washington, may be ... continue reading

ADA New Jersey

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that helps to protect the employment rights of disabled workers in states across the country. Many employees and employers are covered by the Act in the state of New Jersey. However, the Act does not cover all employer and employees.

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Rehabilitation Act Colorado

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Rehabilitation Act is a federal Act that applies to many employers and employees in states across the country, including the state of Colorado. However, the Act does not pertain to all employees and employers. When the Act does apply to a company, the employer must not discriminate against an ... continue reading

ADA Maine

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal Act that applies to many employees in states across the country, including many employees in the state of Maine. The Act is in place in order to ensure that employers do not discriminate against employees that have disabilities for reasons that are ... continue reading

DUA Delaware

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that is in place for states across the country so that if an employee is out of work due to a disaster, the employee can receive federal funding. In the event that there is a disaster, such as a flood or ... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act Colorado

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Many employees in Colorado will be covered by the Rehabilitation Act. This Act is a federal Act that applies to employees in states across the country. However, not all employers or employees are covered by the Act.

When an employer and employee are covered by the Act, the employer ... continue reading

DUA Colorado

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Many employees will be able to receive financial assistance from the federal government if they are victims of a disaster and can no longer work. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is in place in order to ensure that when an employee has been in a disaster and can no longer ... continue reading

DUA Minnesota

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Diane

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is a federal program that is administered by the federal government in order to provide employees with financial assistance in the event that they are out of work as a direct result of a disaster, such as a natural disaster. Many types of disasters will ... continue reading

Rehabilitation Act Minnesota

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Employees in Minnesota may be covered by the Rehabilitation Act if they also work for a covered employer. The Act is in place in order to ensure that if an employee has a qualifying disability, the employer will not discriminate against the employee for reasons that are related to that ... continue reading