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Photo of Jackie Marks
May 05 2017
Q&ADisabilityDrug and Alcohol  

Q&A: Is leave for jail time a reasonable accommodation for alcoholism?

Question: We have an employee who requested time off because he was in jail due to a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction. We want to take action due to his excessive absenteeism. Do we have to grant him time off as a reasonable accommodation for alcoholism?

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Photo of Kandis Sells
May 03 2017
Leave Laws  

Time off for child care may qualify for FMLA leave

Q: An employee has requested time off two days each week to care for her autistic toddler who was recently expelled from his daycare. Are those absences covered by FMLA?

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Photo of Karen Davis
Apr 28 2017
WebinarAffirmative Action  

WEBINAR: 5/23 Affirmative Action Compliance in Uncertain Times

What will happen to affirmative action under the Trump administration? With all of the political turmoil in the news, employers with federal contracts and subcontracts are wondering what to expect from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

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Photo of Karen Davis
Apr 27 2017
Q&ASafety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Can we discipline for failure to promptly report an injury?

Question: Today an employee said she hurt her back at work three days ago. Our policy requires immediate reporting of work-related injuries. Can we write up the employee for failing to promptly report her injury?

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Photo of Melinda Robinson
Apr 20 2017
 

Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protections apply to workers who blow an internal whistle

A vice president of portfolio management at Digital Realty Trust was fired after reporting to senior management that his supervisor had eliminated internal controls in violation of federal law. The fired worker sued the company under Dodd-Frank, claiming retaliation. This worker’s internal complaint alleging company violations of securities laws triggered federal whistleblower…

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Photo of Jodi Slavik
Apr 18 2017
Q&AHarassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Q&A: Hiring a transgender receptionist

Q: We interviewed an applicant for our receptionist position that was dressed as a woman but looks like a man. My conservative boss doesn’t want to hire her because she might turn off customers. Is this a legitimate reason not to hire her?

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Photo of Jodi Slavik
Apr 18 2017
Q&AHiringPrivacy & ConfidentialityTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Use caution before telling the truth about former employee

Question: We just got a call from a business that wants to check on a former employee. They faxed a release the former employee signed waiving liability for information we share. Are we safe telling them what a bad employee she was?

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Photo of Karen Davis
Apr 13 2017
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP settles allegations of race, gender, and disability discrimination

Three federal contractors recently signed conciliation agreements with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to resolve claims of employment discrimination.

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Photo of Trish Leimbach
Apr 13 2017
Workers’ Comp  

Workers’ comp time loss days reduced by 37%

Time is Money: Vigilant's Workers' Comp Retro Group Reduces Time Loss Days by 37%

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