Age comments + termination = trouble

February 13, 2013
Here’s an important reminder for all supervisors: Innocent age-related comments can come back to haunt you. That’s especially true if the comments come from someone who has a direct say in hiring and firing decisions.
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Internet addiction disorder: An ADA-protected disability?

February 13, 2013
This spring’s edition of the DSM-5, the official psychiatrist’s diagnostic manual, includes “Internet addiction disorder” for the first time.
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Worker due merit raise while on military duty?

February 13, 2013
Q. One of our employees was on military leave for six months. He will be reinstated at the same position and same pay. While he was out, all employees in his department received a 4% raise for their hard work. Must we give him that raise, too?
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Same-race harassment: Should we worry?

February 13, 2013
Q. Does an employee who files a racial harassment claim have a legal leg to stand on when his or her alleged harasser is of the same race?
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Pregnant worker is absent a lot: Can I fire her?

February 11, 2013
Q. Is it a violation of the PDA to fire a pregnant employee for excessive absenteeism and lateness?
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The FMLA at 20: Anniversary overview of the landmark law

February 5, 2013

Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law. Since 1993, the law has provided eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for the birth, adoption or foster care of a child; caring for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; or convalescence after an employee’s own serious health condition. Here’s a primer on one of the nation’s most critical employment laws

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Stubble trouble: Can you order unshaven worker to clean up?

January 9, 2013
Do any of your employees look like they’ve just crawled out of a suitcase? A court recently addressed this question: If an employee is fired for ignoring his boss’s demands to get a shave, does that count as “misconduct” that disqualifies him from unemployment benefits?
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No home address on résumé: Is that a problem?

January 9, 2013
Q. I have received several résumés that do not include a home address. Is this a red flag? — L.Y., Ohio
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Worker’s mom wants to attend performance meeting

January 9, 2013
Q. The mother of a minor employee (under age 16) has asked to attend her child’s performance evaluation meeting. Do I have to legally allow her to sit in? — S.J., Massachusetts
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Religious bias: The devil’s in the details

January 9, 2013

Workers at Berry Plastics in Rome, Ga., wear stickers noting the number of days the plant has gone accident-free. As day 666 approached, employee Billy alerted his boss that he would not sport that sticker for religious reasons …

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