Can a church ask about an applicant’s religious beliefs?

August 13, 2015
Q. As a church employer, is it legal for us to request an applicant to state his or her religious beliefs, or to require them to be of our beliefs?
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How is ‘bonding time’ handled under the FMLA?

August 3, 2015

Q: “Does a new father have to take FMLA leave for the birth and bonding all at one time? Intermittent leave is not allowed?” – Carol, Iowa

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What are the ‘off-the-clock work’ trouble spots?

July 30, 2015
Q. Some of my employees have been griping that a portion of their job duties involves “off-the-clock” work. What are the rules regarding off-the-clock work, and what are some examples?
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Unspecified commission? Jury decides who to believe

July 29, 2015
For jobs based on written employment contracts, what the agreement says typically governs all the terms and conditions of employment. If something is unclear or unstated, what the parties do later likely will influence eventual judicial interpretation.
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EEOC: Bias based on sexual orientation is illegal

July 21, 2015
The EEOC, for the first time on the federal level, has ruled that discriminating against an employee based on sexual orientation counts as unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
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Personal tech devices in the workplace: What should our limits be?

July 14, 2015
Q. We have employees who spend too much time with their phones and other devices at work. What can we legally do?
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Failure to call off is employment misconduct

July 9, 2015
Employees who don’t call off work as company rules require may be guilty of misconduct. That means they lose the right to unemployment compensation if they are fired.
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Keep backup data on employees’ hours worked

July 1, 2015

Make sure you back up timecard information. Old-fashioned stamped cards can get lost or damaged. If that happens and an employee alleges she wasn’t paid for all work, the court may take her word—not yours—for how many hours she put in.

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White-collar OT threshold doubling to more than $50K

June 30, 2015
The Department of Labor estimates the move will make at least five million more workers eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week.
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Provide clear rules on promotions to prevent failure-to-promote lawsuits

June 26, 2015

Employers that provide clear rules on what employees must do before being considered for promotions can reduce the possibility of failure-to-promote lawsuits. That’s because employees who don’t follow those clear rules can’t argue they weren’t promoted on account of their membership in a protected class. They lost out because they didn’t follow the rules.

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