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- Know the Rules for Hiring and Managing Interns
Many small businesses thrive with the extra help interns provide at little or no cost to the business. However, there are things small business owners need to know about hiring and managing interns.
- What Questions Must an Employer Avoid Asking During an Interview?
Everyday, millions of Americans go on interviews, and everyday employers walk through a legal minefield of potentially dangerous questions. While some of the questions may seem harmless and intended solely to get to know the interviewee, they could actually open the company up to liability for various types of discrimination should that individual not receive an offer for the position.
- 5 Reasons Why Your Company Needs an Employee Email Policy
Email is the number one usage of the Internet both at home and at work. While you don’t need to concern yourself with your employees’ personal email, you do need to take proper precautions when it comes to emailing at work.
- Can You be Fired for Taking FMLA Leave to Care for a Sick Parent?
Employee was terminated for not meeting sales quotas during leave of absence.
- Nailing Down Independent Contractor Status
Although percentage-based pay may create desirable incentives from an employer’s standpoint (and eliminate the need to pay employees for down time), this strategy can result in significant potential liability, including possible exposure to class action lawsuits. This may even be turning into a nationwide trend (with salon workers pursuing similar wage and hour claims in New Jersey and New York).
- How to Deal with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment is usually defined by Courts and employers using the definition of sexual harassment contained in the guidelines of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This language has also formed the basis for most state laws prohibiting sexual harassment. The guidelines define sexual harassment as:
- Employer Alert: Are You Ready for 2013?
United States employers will be faced with a number of new obligations as of January 1, 2013
- Obesity in the Workplace
by Jaburg Wilk
Is being overweight a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992? According to a recent decision of the Montana Supreme Court and similar decisions in the federal courts, it is, or at least can be. Whether you are an employee or employer, there is no easy or safe shortcut to managing your legal rights and liabilities without the advice of competent employment law counsel.
- A Closer Look at Mental Issues in the Workplace
More than six percent of adults are diagnosed with depression in any one year, and this causes employers an estimated $44 billion in lost productivity alone. There is a significant need for people with depression in the workforce to understand their condition and start receiving quality care, and employers should be taking steps to help and bolster the mental health of their employees.
- Avoiding Liability for Unlawful Discrimination When Using Criminal Background Checks
According to guidance issued earlier this year by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 92% of employers in the U.S. now use criminal background checks for some or all of their job candidates.