Legal Issues

The wisdom of safety meetings

May 13, 2019
Whether your company has a committee dedicated to safety concerns, or if you just have a monthly check-in before the doors open, there are ways to use this time more effectively.

Accommodate bathroom breaks related to disability

May 6, 2019
Some medical conditions that may be ADA disabilities require disabled workers to visit the bathroom more frequently and for longer than other workers. Warn supervisors to accommodate those problems after engaging in the interactive accommodation process.

Document why you decided not to rehire

April 30, 2019
Sometimes, employers let employees gracefully leave instead of being fired. But what if the former employee later applies for a new opening?

The danger of working through breaks

April 21, 2019
Often, managers encourage employees to work through their meals. But this is a mistake that will land you in an FLSA liability suit almost all of the time.

LEAP 2019: The Top 10 Lessons for HR

April 18, 2019
Hundreds of HR professionals gathered in Las Vegas on April 3–5 for the HR Specialist’s 15th annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices Symposium. Here are some of the bits of employment-law wisdom from the 30 speakers.

Backed-up toilet leads to OSHA retaliation claim

April 18, 2019
Whether a safety hazard is real, or even perceived, a manager should never punish an employee who lodges a complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

EEOC suit: Goodwill refused to accommodate disability

April 18, 2019
Goodwill Industries of New York and New Jersey, which provides job opportunities to people with disabilities, violated federal law when it failed to provide reasonable accommodations that would have allowed an employee to continue working as an office building janitor in New York City, the EEOC charged in a recently filed lawsuit.

Keep It Legal: May ’19

April 12, 2019
A Los Angeles charter school is on the hook for $8,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

Fired harasser can’t collect unemployment

April 2, 2019
If you have a robust harassment policy that prohibits even a single incident of unwanted touching, rest assured that a fired harasser won’t be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Opioid crisis affects three out of four employers

March 26, 2019
Seventy-five percent of U.S. employers have been directly affected by opioids but only 17% feel extremely well prepared to deal with the issue, according to a survey released in March by the National Safety Council.