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Rhode Island Drug Testing Update

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Employers in Rhode Island, according to a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling, are not legally permitted to conduct random drug tests in the workplace. Only when there is a reasonable suspicion that a worker is impaired on the job, is the employer allowed to conduct a drug test. According ... continue reading

Alaska Disciplinary Notices

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
There are many company disciplinary policies that may not have grown out of state or federal labor laws.

A good number of them, however, are considered “best practices” and have been developed by the top Human Resources professionals. Policies like these have become the standard among large ... continue reading

Written Warnings in Minnesota

Monday, September 14th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
No federal law and no Minnesota or other state law addresses written warnings for employees.

The lack of laws offering useful guidelines is one more good reason for employers to put good disciplinary policies in place.

An employer would be best served by instituting a ... continue reading

Disciplinary Notices in Alabama

Friday, April 10th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Most Alabama employers have established a formal, progressive disciplinary procedure that includes at least one verbal warning and up to three written warnings. These infractions are discussed with the employee and the worker is asked to sign the warning. Often, workers refuse to sign, afraid that doing so is ... continue reading

Religious Discrimination in Kansas

Monday, April 6th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
According to federal law, employers are required to make “reasonable accommodations” for a worker’s religious beliefs. These accommodations could include amending the employee’s working conditions, schedules, hours, uniform or dress code. This law applies only to workers with “sincerely held” beliefs. It cannot be used for a worker to ... continue reading

Georgia Employment at Will

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
In the absence of a written employee/employer contract, most Colorado companies follow the “Employment at Will” practice.

Many workers wonder exactly what “Employment at Will” means and how it applies to the workplace.

Basically, the employment at will doctrine allows employers to fire a worker ... continue reading

Iowa Employment at Will

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers because of their race, religion, color, country of origin, sex, age (over 40) and disability. This law applies to all employment practices, including termination, specifically “Employment at Will”.

Several employees have asked about “Employment at Will” and how it ... continue reading

Dress Code in Arkansas

Saturday, November 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Federal law, specifically Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits discrimination against employees based on their religion in Arkansas and nationwide. This law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for a worker’s religious practices, unless it causes undue hardship for the company.

Several court ... continue reading

Religious Discrimination in Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Discrimination against workers because of their race, religion, color, sex or nationality is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law covers hiring, termination, advancement benefits and all other aspects of employment.

As a result, discriminating against an employee because of his ... continue reading

Religious Discrimination in Louisiana

Monday, October 13th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII, prohibits Louisiana employers from discriminating against an employee due to religion, sex, color, race, or national origin. All areas of employment are covered by this statute, including promotions, benefits, discipline, hiring, training and firing.

As a result ... continue reading

Disciplinary Notices in West Virginia

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The majority of companies in the United States have established a formal disciplinary process. The most common is the progressive discipline procedure developed by Human Resources professionals. This procedure usually involves one or more verbal warnings and up to 3 written warnings. This type of discipline system ... continue reading

Federal Employment at Will

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Federal laws prohibit employers from terminating a worker due to their religion, sex, race, color, national origin, age (over 40) or disability. As long as these laws aren’t violated, however, a company can utilize its employment at will doctrine to fire an employee.

Across the nation, a ... continue reading

Nebraska Employment at Will

Monday, September 22nd, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Federal law prohibits a Nebraska employer from firing a person because of their race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Federal laws also prohibit terminating a worker because he or she is over 40 years of age, or if the employee is disabled.

As long as the ... continue reading

Dress Code in Vermont

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

There are some Vermont employees who have developed concerns regarding dress code issues. To begin this discussion, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII of that act, does not allow employers to discriminate against any individual because of his or her religion. Included in this description is the ... continue reading

Dress Code in New Hampshire

Monday, April 7th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of New Hampshire, both employers and employees have begun to ask more questions about the legalities involved in making alterations to employer dress codes.

An important fact is that quite a number of court cases have shown support for an Islamic woman’s right to wear a ... continue reading

Dress Code in Massachusetts

Friday, April 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Massachusetts employers, as well as some employees, have increasing questions about the rights of employees when it comes to dress code requirements. Several cases, for example, have gone to court and shown support for an Islamic woman’s right to wear clothing that protects her modesty.

A car rental agency ... continue reading

Dress Code in Kansas

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Questions about dress code regulations have recently arisen in the state of Kansas. For instance, is it all right for an Islamic woman to wear certain clothing that protects her modesty while at work? There have, in fact, been several court cases that have supported an Islamic woman’s right to ... continue reading

Dress Code in Arizona

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Many court cases, in Arizona as well as throughout the United States, have indicated that employers must generally make exceptions to the dress code as a reasonable accommodation, according to the law.

The federal law from which these rulings stem is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ... continue reading

Tennessee Polygraph

Monday, March 31st, 2008
Posted by Tamara

In the state of Tennessee, many employees question whether pre-employment polygraphs are legal.

The state does not have its own polygraph law in regards to employment. Instead, it follows the federal model. In most cases, private employers are not allowed to give lie detector tests for pre-employment screening. In ... continue reading

Oklahoma Employment at Will

Friday, March 28th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The state of Oklahoma is one of many in this country that observes the Employment at Will doctrine. There are quite a few workers, however, who have questions regarding exactly what that means. The simple answer is that employees have every right to quit a job whenever they want, and ... continue reading

Texas Polygraph

Thursday, March 27th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Almost the only time pre-employment polygraph tests are acceptable under the law is when federal, state, or local governments are administering them. For instance, any person who applies for a job with a law enforcement agency or one that is related to homeland security will have to pass a lie ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in West Virginia

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Questions about age discrimination are common among employees in West Virginia. Would it be discriminatory for an employer to only hire people who are at least 25 years of age? The short answer to this question is no, it would not be discriminatory. This is true regarding both federal and ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Employment at Will

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The concept of Employment at Will poses a number of concerns among workers in Pennsylvania. Specifically, they wonder exactly what it means.

To put it simply, when a contract or other form of agreement does not exist between employer and employee, the Employment at Will doctrine takes precedence in ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in South Dakota

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Age discrimination in South Dakota has many employees concerned about their legal rights when it comes to employment. A popular question that arises frequently is: Is it alright for an employer to state that he or she only wants to hire persons who are at least 25 years of age? ... continue reading

Mississippi Employment at Will

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Although a number of states have imposed limitations on Employment at Will policies, Mississippi workers have questions about what such policies actually mean. Employment at Will originated as a common law idea. It stipulates that, without any formal contract between employer and employee, every worker has the right to quit ... continue reading

New Mexico Polygraph

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The state of New Mexico has numerous employees who wonder if pre-employment polygraphs are legal.

To begin, New Mexico does not have a separate polygraph law for employment. New Mexico follows the federal model, known as the federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act. This act prohibits the majority of private ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in Nebraska

Monday, March 24th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits job discrimination that is based on age, but the technicalities of this regulation have some Nebraska workers confused. While the act does protect against age discrimination, it only applies to workers who are at least 40. It does not offer protection for younger ... continue reading

Age Discrimination in Utah

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The issue of age discrimination has become quite a debate among many workers not only in Utah, but also throughout the country. According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the discrimination of a person because of his or her age is illegal. The caveat here is that ... continue reading

Tennessee Employment at Will

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employees in Tennessee frequently have questions in regards to the definition of Employment at Will. This is a common law notion stating that, without any type of formal employment contract, employees have the right to quit their jobs any time they want to, regardless of whether or not they have ... continue reading

Connecticut Employment at Will

Thursday, March 20th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employees and employers alike in Connecticut have questioned the meaning of Employment at Will. Employment at Will is a common law theory that allows workers to quit a job whenever they want. It also allows employers to fire workers at any time. Not only do employers not have to provide ... continue reading