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► Sexual Harassment Complaints Require Supervisors to Act

August 27, 2018

A federal judge in New Orleans recently determined that a former employee's sexual harassment lawsuit should proceed to trial. The judge found there were triable issues on whether the employee's complaints to her supervisors should have spurred the company to act. The decision underscores ...

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► COBRA Notices: How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Penalties

August 24, 2018

While it’s true that everyone makes mistakes, some errors—such as COBRA notice violations—are simply too costly to make. By far, the most litigated issue in COBRA cases involves COBRA notices. In fact, in recent months, there has been a dramatic increase in class action lawsuits ...

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► Offhand Comments and Inconsistent Reviews Can Lead to Lawsuits

August 22, 2018

When an employer faces a wrongful termination or employment discrimination lawsuit, performance reviews can either hurt or help. Often, the content of a performance evaluation becomes the major focus of the litigation when a former employee claims discrimination while the employer is steadfast ...

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► 2019 Standard Travel Per Diem Rates Released

August 16, 2018

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has raised the standard lodging per diem for the continental United States from $93 to $94 for the federal government’s fiscal year (FY) 2019—which runs from Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019. That rate applies to federal employees’ ...

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► Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

August 13, 2018

A toxic workplace can seal the fate of an organization. Negativity spreads, and it can drive employees away quickly and have a negative effect on productivity.  No employer wants to end up with a toxic workplace culture. A positive workplace culture, on the other hand, is associated with ...

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► Tips for Proper Employee Documentation

August 9, 2018

Proper documentation is an important workplace practice and is critical in almost every aspect of managing employees. In particular, it can be part of a defense strategy should the company ever be faced with a discrimination or retaliation lawsuit.  Any labor and employment attorney will ...

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► Tackling the Issue of Unequal Pay

July 27, 2018

The federal Equal Pay Act has been the law for over 50 years now and employers know that they have a legal obligation to have fair pay practices. The pay offered should not be discriminatory and should strive to equally pay employees who do the same work. There will always be allowances for ...

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► What's so Great (or Bad) About Exit Interviews?

July 26, 2018

Most employers and HR professionals are familiar with the concept of an exit interview, and many routinely conduct them with departing employees. Some employers swear this is a great way to garner knowledge about how to improve the organization and reduce future turnover. Others feel it’s ...

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► ADA claim Dismissed in Opioid-User Termination Case

July 23, 2018

A federal district court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by an employee who was terminated after his employer learned he was using both prescription morphine and nonprescription opioids. The court’s decision reaffirms that the interactive process under the Americans with Disabilities Act ...

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► Important Facts About Medicare Employers Need to Know

July 19, 2018

Created in 1965, Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people ages 65 and older. Medicare covers the elderly regardless of income, medical history, or health status and was expanded in 1972 to cover disabled individuals under the age of 65. Employers that offer group health ...

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