Legal Issues

Leave for domestic violence; no required lunch break

September 1, 2007
New legislation may guarantee up to 30 days of unpaid leave for victims of domestic violence … Can an employer require people to work through lunch?

Drugs at work; rating leaders; new wage posters

September 1, 2007
How many U.S. workers have drug and alcohol problems? About 14.5 million, according to recently released federal statistics.

Equal-pay controversy; casual dress policies

August 1, 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives is considering new equal-pay legislation in light of a controversial recent ruling by the Supreme Court.

Breastfeeding at work

July 1, 2007
Only nine states have laws requiring employers to accommodate their lactating employees.

Managing a safe workplace

May 1, 2007
As a manager, you are responsible for maintaining a safe work site for employees and visitors who enter the area. If you drop the ball, you can incur not only injuries but legal liability.

When office humor is no laughing matter

May 1, 2007
Laughter can often be not only the best medicine but also the best management tool, but it’s also part of your job to know when workplace humor goes too far.

Politics at work

May 1, 2007
How do you deal with political disagreements at work without infringing on employees’ rights?

Obesity in the workplace

April 1, 2007
Americans have been preoccupied with their weight for a long time, but the current focus in popular culture on the “obesity epidemic” is itself reaching epidemic proportions.

Gender and dress code

April 1, 2007
Even if a dress code is non-discriminatory, the way you implement it must also be free of implied bias.

Avoid these 5 telecommuting liability pitfalls

April 1, 2007
As telework’s popularity grows, so do legal concerns for employers. To lower your risks, devise a telecommuting policy that protects you on these fronts.