Make sure your harassment ‘cure’ doesn’t make the condition worse

August 7, 2012

Management has an obligation to stop illegal harassment as quickly as possible. But don’t jump right on the first apparent solution—it may not be the best way to go.

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Can we push employees to donate to charity?

August 7, 2012

Q, Is it legal for us to strongly encourage our employees to have money withheld from their paychecks to support a charity drive, like the United Way? – J.J., Pennsylvania

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EEOC explains how to use background checks legally

August 7, 2012

The EEOC recently issued new guidance that makes clear that employers must have a good business reason to ask about applicant’s criminal conviction histories.

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Beware jotting notes on hiring documents

August 7, 2012
When it comes to documenting employment actions, what you do write can be just as damning as what you don’t write. Consider two cases.
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Telework before commute: Is drive time paid?

July 11, 2012

Many employees spend time at home before or after their workday checking email on computers and smartphones. For nonexempt employees, that work could count as paid time if it amounts to a “substantial” amount of work. But now some hourly employees have begun to raise a related issue: If they start the day with a few work emails, shouldn’t they be paid for the time they spend commuting to work?

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Does revoking job offer trigger liability?

July 11, 2012

Q. We recently made a job offer to someone, rescinded the offer and then hired another applicant two months later. Is there anything illegal about that? — W.S., Kentucky

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Offering extra leave as hiring incentive: Any risk?

July 11, 2012
Q. We are considering hiring a new RN. She is requesting an extra week of vacation above what our company policy offers. Would we be discriminating against our other full-time employees if we grant her request? — W.P., Illinois
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The hidden danger of hiring people who have ‘the right look’ …

July 11, 2012

Image is everything, as the saying goes. But be extra careful that your pursuit of a certain type of workforce image doesn’t result in the weeding out of legally protected employees (females, minorities, older workers, etc.).

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… And hiring based on ‘chemistry’

July 11, 2012

Relying on subjective factors such as interview skills and personality is not the best way to pinpoint successful job candidates. Yet a new study shows that’s the way many—in fact, most—of hiring decisions are made.

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Tick tock: Watch the (retaliation) clock

June 13, 2012

It’s illegal to retaliate against employees—by firing, demoting, cutting pay or any other change to work conditions—for filing a job discrimination claim. But does that mean you can never fire litigious employees?

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