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Top Five Legal Issues for Employers in 2010

January 6, 2010
Fueled by negative economic conditions, substantial layoffs and salary reductions, employees are aggressively seeking relief through challenges to their employers’ policies and practices. While the financial prospects for 2010 show some signs of improvement, there is no question that employers will see a continued increase in the breadth and amount of litigation.
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Do Employees Have the Right to Moonlight

October 1, 2009
Employers are within their rights to expect that employees show up for work ‘present, prompt and prepared.’ If a second or third job disrupts that, employers are within their legal rights to fire those workers. Here are some guidelines that could help keep moonlighting from disrupting your business.
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On-Call Disputes Create Litigation Dangers

'On-call' arrangements are common in many industries, but some employees are claiming that their on-call assignments are so restrictive that they should be considered ‘on duty’ and therefore be entitled to their hourly wage (including overtime pay). In the face of this new scrutiny, you can safeguard your facility by reviewing your policies, with special attention to several practices than can bring problems.
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Recent Settlements Should Alert Employers

Two settlements provide examples of preventive measures that an employer should consider taking to avoid litigation. In addition to paying employees for all hours worked and making rest and meal breaks available where required by law, electronic tracking programs may provide for increased accuracy of time recording. Employers should also ensure that their employee handbooks and policies are updated regularly to comply with the law, and that employees, management and human resources personnel are aware of employee rights and responsibilities.
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