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Audit Causes Some Family Members of Minnesota State Workers to Lose Health Benefits

August 16, 2012
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Approximately 3,100 people were deemed ineligible for state-sponsored health care in a recent audit of Minnesota's employee benefits program.
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Ministerial Exception' Exempts Religious Employers

August 13, 2012
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Federal, state and local employment discrimination laws may not apply to religious institutions and their employees who play some role in disseminating the employer's religious message.
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'Bitch' as Sexual Harassment: Context Matters (Sort of)

August 1, 2012
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A court recently concluded that even though the word 'bitch' is sexually based, its use must be examined in context to determine whether it constitutes harassment 'because of sex.'
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Men Get Prison, Must Repay $5 Million for Defrauding Staffing Firms

July 31, 2012
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The incidents occurred from October 2002 to February 2005, according to the indictment in the case.
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Mine Safety Agency Cites Tire, Mining Companies in Worker's Death

July 24, 2012
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Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. said it will contest citations from the Mine Safety & Health Administration over the Oct. 28, 2011, death of a mining tire technician at the Newmont USAgold mine in Carlin, Nevada.
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Employer Backs Itself Into FMLA Claim for Ineligible Employee

July 24, 2012
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One case underscores the importance of training those who manage your FMLA program on the law's special coverage and eligibility requirements.
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Fired Employee Admits to Hacking Gucci

July 18, 2012
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Just before his trial was to begin, Sam Chihlung Yin pleaded guilty to an attack that cost the luxury goods maker about $200,000.
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The Season of the Witch? The ADA and Seasonal Affective Disorder

July 16, 2012
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If an employee asks for an office with a view, do not necessarily write him or her off as a complaining, high-maintenance pain-in-the-you-know-what.
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