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Helping employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of employment and labor laws, rules, and regulations, rationally and pragmatically.

Swapping Shifts and Religious Accommodation

July 26, 2012
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If you are planning on rejecting an employee's request for a shift change as a religious accommodation, you must be able to support the claim of hardship with facts.
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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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Bag of Bones = Age Discrimination

July 23, 2012
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In ordering an employee's termination, the owner of Hawaii Healthcare allegedly told a manager that the employee 'looks old,' 'sounds old on the telephone,' and is 'like a bag of bones.'
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820,000 Reasons to Have a Social Media Policy

July 19, 2012
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Employers need social media policies to establish the rules of road for employees, who do not understand that they can be held responsible for their off-duty, online activities.
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Disability Services Provider Sued for, What Else, Disability Discrimination

July 18, 2012
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Apparently, 'you should know better' carries over to the world of employment law. The EEOC has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Pace Solano, a California disability services provider.
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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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Despite What Some Think, Employers do not Set Out to Cheat and Steal

July 16, 2012
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Paychecks and timesheets are neither a ploy nor a tactic. Instead, most employers are well-intentioned but ignorant of the myriad, twisted rules and regulations that govern why, when, to whom, and how much overtime is to be paid.
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The Season of the Witch? The ADA and Seasonal Affective Disorder

July 13, 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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Associational Retaliation Is Not the FMLA's Peanut Butter Cup

July 5, 2012
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The Family Medical Leave Act and Title VII do not combine like chocolate and peanut butter to create an associational retaliation FMLA claim.
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Even 4th of July Fireworks Need a Contingency Plan

July 2, 2012
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I'm sure you have star employees without whom your business would suffer. Yet, do you know if they are content with their job? Or, do they feel underpaid, under-appreciated, or overworked? Tomorrow, one could walk out the door.
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