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A Case of Anger, Disability and a Dog
Hawaiian case involving a Hertz supervisor with angry outbursts that he blames on other underlying medical conditions raises a few new questions about reasonable accommodations and the ADA.
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Screens Under Scrutiny
Many companies employ online personality tests as a way to determine if candidates possess certain job-specific traits. But do some of them violate the ADA and discriminate against those with disabilities?
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Noncompete Clause Headaches
A recent court case in Missouri regarding noncompete clauses demonstrates that, while such documents may indeed protect an organization's best interests, they can also cause plenty of legal and HR issues as well.
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A Difficult Transition
As two groundbreaking new cases filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clearly illustrate, the HR issues surrounding the proper handling of workers in the process of transitioning from one gender to another are manifold.
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A Disconnect Between HR and Employees
New research finds employees are dissatisfied with their HR departments, though experts say there are ways the function can change how it's perceived within an organization.
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Lightening a Burden -- Of Proof
A proposed clarification on whistleblowers' burden of proof by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely bring more suits -- and HR headaches -- according to legal experts.
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HR's Role in Safeguarding PHI
With the constant proliferation of protected health information, HR teams need a thorough understanding of where it exists, its security risks and the appropriate data-protection obligations.
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The Trouble with Medical-History Requests
Asking an employee for access to his or her family's medical history is difficult to justify in court, legal experts say, just as a new lawsuit puts the issue of "overbroad" medical inquiries in the spotlight.
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Ratcheting Up Reporting Rules
OSHA's new workplace death and serious-accident reporting rules could have employers scrambling to ensure they are reporting a much broader array of workplace incidents.
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Clearing Up Pay Transparency
The United States Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently proposed a rule aimed at knocking down the walls of secrecy when it comes to pay for federal contractors. HR experts weigh in on what the rule -- if accepted -- may mean for employers with federal contracts.
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Reality Check on Marijuana
With all eyes on an upcoming Colorado Supreme Court hearing, experts weigh in on whether employers will ever really be forced to let cannabis infiltrate their workplaces.
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Domestic Violence: The Workplace Connection
Despite an almost daily drumbeat of domestic-violence reports in the news, less than one-third of U.S. organizations have a domestic-violence policy in effect. Experts suggest companies craft policies that include accommodations such as a safe parking space or a change in work hours for affected employees.
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Time for an FCRA Refresher Course?
A recent report finds the number of class-action lawsuits involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act roughly tripling between 2013 and 2014. Given plaintiffs' success -- and subsequent large settlements -- in these cases, experts suggest that now would be a good time to brush up on the statute's requirements.
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Wellness Gone Wild
A new front on the legal battleground is opening up: when a company's wellness program is accused of overstepping its legal boundaries.
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Court Time for HR
As usual, the highest court in the land takes on cases that affect HR strategies and policies. And while the decisions may not be earth-shattering, some could have real implications in the HR space.
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Fighting Workplace Violence
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cracked down on two companies for violence in the workplace. Can your organization's violence-prevention program satisfy federal standards?
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Banning Wearable Tech at Work?
Wearable technology holds both great promise and great peril in the workplace of the future. Here's what HR leaders need to know to get ahead of this latest tech curve.
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The Debate over Joint-Employer Status
While current laws do not recognize franchisers and their franchisees as joint employers, a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board named McDonald's USA as a joint employer regarding alleged unfair labor practices at franchisee-owned restaurants.
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Question: My organization would like to terminate an employee who is currently on FMLA leave, for reasons unrelated to the leave. Can we properly lay off this employee?
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