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Halting the Rising Tide of Religious-Discrimination Claims

October 29, 2013
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While religious-discrimination claims only comprise a small portion of all charges filed with the EEOC, they have more than doubled over the past 15 years, growing at a rate faster than race or sex claims.
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Indefinite Leaves of Absence May Be Required as a Reasonable Accommodation

October 28, 2013
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Leave laws create many gray areas in every jurisdiction. However, New York City’s leave law creates more gray areas than most.
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Yes, It’s Legal:10 More Things Companies Can Do Without Breaking the Law #yesitslegal

October 28, 2013
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Here's my list. How about you? What would you add to the list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet it with the hashtag #yesitslegal.
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How Do I Develop a System for Employees Accruing Personal Time?

October 25, 2013
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Dear Workforce:

 

I am a new HR coordinator and have been asked to develop a system for employees accruing vacation/sick/personal time. I would appreciate any ideas. We are a very small company of eight employees. Our small company has never had a system for accrual of employee vacation/sick/personal time. Where do we begin?

 

— No Starting Point, HR coordinator, health care, Illinois


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The Legal Reason Why You Shouldn’t Force Employees to Turn Over Social Media Passwords

October 24, 2013
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Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp. provides further legal justification for employers to avoid this practice.
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Smoking Out the Law on e-Cigarettes in the Workplace

October 18, 2013
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Laws that prohibit smoking in the workplace are a floor, not a ceiling. You are free to ban e-cigarettes in your workplace, and should consider doing so.


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The Devil Went Down to the EEOC:A Story on Religious Accommodation

October 17, 2013
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Before you dismiss an employee’s request for a religious accommodation as silly or outrageous, stop, think, and decide whether the expense or difficultly in making the accommodating exceeds the cost and aggravation of defending a possible discrimination lawsuit.


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Legal Briefing: FMLA Updated for Same-Sex Marriage Laws

October 16, 2013
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The U.S. Labor Department recently updated its Family and Medical Leave Act policies following the U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA ruling.
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Clothes Encounters of the Supreme Kind

October 14, 2013
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Supreme Court’s latest session to hear key employment law cases, including union activity, the NLRB, statute of limitations on benefits and — dressing at work?
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High Sovereignty Stakes in Card Dealer Case

October 13, 2013
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Court to hear arguments on whether an American Indian casino can prevent blackjack dealers from organizing.
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