Injuries at voluntary work-related events may be compensable if there is an expectation of participation, especially for a manager who organized the event.
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Employers need to train management so that they know what to do with protected information once they learn it, and how to act without violating any of our EEO laws.
No matter how reasonable or rational you think you are being in classifying employees, a court may second-guess you down the road.
An 'honest belief' will not save an employer who denies an employee’s FMLA request without first exhausting all available avenues of communication and clarification with the employee.