Legal Issues

Before you assign any overtime …

March 26, 2021
Here’s how to dish out overtime hours and avoid legal trouble.

EEOC cracks down on teen worker harassment

March 23, 2021
Many teenagers find their first jobs at fast-food or sit-down restaurant chains. Unfortunately, that kind of work often comes with a side of sexual harassment. The EEOC wants to stop that rite of passage.

#1 reason you can’t fire worker for going #2 on office floor

March 18, 2021
You’d think it would be easy to fire a worker who defecates on the workplace floor and tells his manager he left a “present” for him. The problem: The employee is a member of a labor union.

Has this employee provided notice of FMLA leave ‘as soon as possible and practical’?

March 1, 2021
Q: “We have a policy that says you must provide one hour’s notice of your absence prior to the start time of your shift or disciplinary action will result. We have an hourly (union) employee whose start time is 3:00 pm and who called in at 2:18 pm for FMLA leave. Are we still able to write them up due to the policy infraction even though they called in for FMLA purposes?” – Randy, Iowa

Recruit broadly to ensure diverse applicant pool

January 14, 2021
Employees and job applicants can win age discrimination lawsuits if they prove an employer’s personnel practices have a negative disparate impact on older persons.

5 things at the root of lawsuits

December 23, 2020
The best way to win an employee lawsuit is to prevent it in the first place. You’ll be able to head off most disputes by understanding what stirs workers up.

Stamp out supervisors’ racist behavior, racist slurs

December 3, 2020
Make sure every supervisor understands that you do not tolerate any form of racism on the job, including use of racial slurs. Employers often pay dearly when bigotry rears its ugly head at work.

Assigning unpleasant tasks

November 25, 2020
One unenjoyable task of management is assigning the jobs that no one wants to do. Use this advice to delegate undesirable tasks without ruffling any feathers.

Compelling need required to demand ‘perfect English’

November 12, 2020
Ensure supervisors understand they can’t require employees to be fluent English speakers unless it’s essential to performing their jobs. Insisting on “perfect English” can easily trigger an EEOC lawsuit.

Online training time: DOL explains when to pay

November 12, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new opinion letter that helps clarify when employers must pay workers for the time they spend undergoing training that is delivered online.