Make clear to staff who owns Twitter accounts and followers

February 13, 2013
Get an agreement in writing with employees who use social media under the company’s name.
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It’s OK to set limits on what staff can do during breaks

February 13, 2013

An employee at the Dallas Cowboys offices wanted to spend his lunch break urging co-workers to attend church. The Cowboys have a policy banning proselytizing in the workplace. The employee sued, saying that since he wasn’t allowed to do whatever he wanted during lunch, he wasn’t truly relieved of work, and therefore due overtime pay …

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Learn the latest state payroll laws

February 13, 2013
Learn the latest state payroll laws enacted since last summer by downloading our sister newsletter Payroll Legal Alert’s “State-by-State Roundup.”
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Spring ahead: Daylight saving time starts March 10

February 13, 2013
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., March 10. Graveyard shift workers, therefore, will actually work only seven hours that day.
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Internet Addiction Disorder: The Newest Disability?

January 9, 2013

The DSM-5, the official psychiatrist’s diagnostic manual, has accepted Internet addiction disorder for inclusion, albeit in a section devoted to conditions that require further research. What does this mean for your workplace? If Internet addiction is a psychiatric disorder, then employees who suffer from it may be protected by the ADA. This development has potentially significant implications for your workplace …

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‘I don’t want to work weekends!’

January 9, 2013
PROBLEM: Your office is open seven days a week and most employees work a Monday through Friday shift. Your regular weekend person leaves, and management decides to rotate all employees to cover weekend duties. Some refuse for various reasons. Can you force them to work weekends?
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‘Overqualified’ applicants: 3 myths

January 9, 2013

Erroneous assumptions about overqualified candidates may cause you to miss out on a great employee and lead to a discrimination claim, so it is important that you change your mindset. Here are three myths concerning ‘overqualified’ job candidates.

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One sex always does the dirty work? Beware

January 9, 2013

If you disproportionally push either men or women to perform certain distasteful or dangerous tasks, you could be setting up your organization for a sex discrimination lawsuit. If that happens, you had better be prepared to show that gender is a bona fide occupational qualification for the tasks.

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Retaliation 101: Don’t summarily fire complainers

January 9, 2013

A Dairy Queen manager fired an employee because she was “causing too many problems” for the company, according to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC. Turns out the “problems” were complaints that a male cashier was peppering the teen with offensive sex-based epithets.

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Domestic violence victims may be protected from job bias

January 9, 2013
No federal law specifically prohibits job discrimination against domestic violence victims. But a new Q&A fact sheet from the EEOC clarifies Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ADA may require that you update your anti-bias and anti-harassment training.
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