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

New FMLA Forms and Posters Coming Next Week

February 28, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new FMLA regulations. The substance of these new regulations, which go into place March 8, relate to the FMLA's military leave provisions and airline flight crew personnel.
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Does Social Media Change the Meaning of Solicitation?

February 25, 2013
By defining “solicitation” to include passive social media connections and activities, you are at least putting yourself into a position to have a court consider shutting down an ex-employee for maintaining online relationships.
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It's Your Last Chance … to Avoid Retaliation

February 22, 2013
Agreements are wonderful tools to use with our employees. They come in all shapes and sizes. No matter the agreement, however, there is one clause that it cannot contain: a covenant by the employee waiving his or her right to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
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Obsessing (Compulsively) Over Reasonable Accommodations

February 19, 2013
You need to have a dialogue with an employee about reasonable accommodations. Without opening the channels of communication, you will never know what is feasible. More importantly, without the dialogue, you probably have not satisfied your obligations under the ADA.
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FMLA Compliance Is Not as Easy as the Labor Department Says

February 12, 2013
What do these results mean? It means that either the Labor Department found the only sample of employers in the country who have no issues managing FMLA compliance, or the Labor Department put so much spin on its survey results that its conclusions are not credible.
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