Employment Law

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Pregnant waitress sues restaurant that fired her for the baby’s sake

November 12, 2014
When a waitress’s pregnancy was “beginning to show,” the owner of Arthur’s Bar in Addison, Texas, sprang into action—for the safety of the baby.
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Insubordination: The most legitimate reason to fire

November 12, 2014
Employers that carefully document an employee’s refusal to follow directions or listen to a supervisor’s reasonable instructions or rules are likely to win a lawsuit.
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Any rules on giving workers comp time?

November 12, 2014
Q. What are the rules on comp time? We would rather give our workers time off instead of extra pay for overtime hours. And most of them have told us that they would rather the time off.
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What can I say when handing out bonuses?

November 12, 2014
Q. Our company is handing out bonuses only to those who we believe deserve it. Can we ask them—not  demand them—to “keep it quiet” as we hand them their checks? — Christopher, New York
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How old is too old to drive a bus?

November 12, 2014
Spartanburg, S.C.-based Atchison Transportation Services, Inc., got the answer from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when it fired two motor coach operators, ages 75 and 76.
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When disciplining, focus on behavior, not possible disability that caused it

October 8, 2014
Here’s a tip that may save you from an unnecessary trip to court: When it comes to disciplining a disruptive worker, make sure you and your supervisors focus solely on the behavior.
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How many references should be checked?

October 8, 2014
Q. Our interview process includes contacting job candidates’ references. But we have no set policy on how many we call. For some, it’s one reference; for others we contact three. Any problems with this? — D.M., New York
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Pay for voluntary training during lunch break?

October 8, 2014
Q. If our organization offers voluntary employee training, which takes place during lunch, do we have to pay employees for the time spent attending training?
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Don’t tolerate name-calling, especially when it’s race-based

October 8, 2014
If there is one thing that will get a federal judge’s attention, it’s name-calling that targets a particular race or ethnicity. While one comment may not be enough for a lawsuit, repeated name-calling almost certainly demonstrates hostility. That’s especially true if a supervisor makes the comments.
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Worker accusing me of wrongdoing: Can I fire?

September 15, 2014
Q. An employee of mine recently reported me for what he believed were safety violations. Can I discharge or discipline him if the accusations turn out to be false? — G.L. Texas
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