Christmas tree, yes; menorah, no?

November 14, 2012
If you reject an employee’s suggestion to decorate the office with a particular symbol of the season, you don’t need to worry that you’ll be ringing in the New Year with a religious discrimination lawsuit. Without more evidence of antipathy toward a religion, such small incidents aren’t discrimination.
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Legal lessons learned: Why employees sue

October 10, 2012
Employees sue when they feel disrespected or when they perceive unfair treatment. The lesson: You must treat people well after you have terminated them.
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New FMLA guidebook can help managers

October 10, 2012
The U.S. Department of Labor has released the Employee’s Guide to the FMLA, a 16-page booklet describing employee rights and duties under the law.
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Worker refuses to sign disciplinary notice

October 10, 2012
Q. I recently disciplined an employee for poor performance. She did not agree with my assessment and refused to sign the memo documenting our discussion. Can I discipline her further for not signing?
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Job too hard for employee in 70s–now what?

October 10, 2012
Q. A worker in my department is in his 70s and starting to slow down. The job he performs is very physical and I’m afraid he’s going to get hurt. I’d like to get rid of him before he hurts himself or someone else. What should I do?
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If your new hire can’t physically perform the job, feel free to terminate

September 13, 2012
Sometimes, a female applicant believes that she has the skills and ability to do a very strenuous job even if she hasn’t tried before. Go ahead and give her a chance, knowing that if it doesn’t work out, you can terminate her. Just make sure you document everything.
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Can we use ‘high energy’ as a job qualification?

September 12, 2012
Q. I am crafting a job ad and want to hire a “high-energy” individual. Will the use of that term violate the ADA or other laws? — J.M., Massachusetts
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Post all promotion opportunities

September 12, 2012
Here’s an easy fix for a potentially big problem: Post all promotion openings.
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Supreme Court to define ‘supervisor’ under Title VII

September 12, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear an important case next term on the definition of “supervisor” under Title VII harassment law. Why is this important?
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Vote leave: Know the law

September 12, 2012
Many employees will exercise their right to vote before reporting to work or after they leave. Some workers, however, must take time off from work to vote. Do you have to pay them?
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