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Oct 16 2017
Leave Laws  

Washington Paid Sick Leave: Frequently Asked Questions

On September 21, 2017 Vigilant hosted a Washington Paid Sick Leave webinar. Find a list of FAQs from the webinar below.

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Oct 16 2017
Q&ADisabilityEmployee BenefitsLeave Laws  

Q&A: Offer equal amounts of paid parental leave to men and women

Question: We are a family friendly company and would like to offer 2 weeks of paid leave to new fathers and 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers. Are we allowed to do this?
 

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Oct 13 2017
DisabilityHarassment & DiscriminationTermination & Resignation  

Ninth Circuit okays termination of employee with sleep apnea

Finding no evidence of discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a railroad terminated a train engineer because of his poor attendance, not his diagnosed sleep disorder. Although this case was brought under FEHA, the analysis was the same as it…

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Oct 11 2017
Q&ASafety and HealthTermination & ResignationWorkers’ Comp  

Q&A: Termination after workplace injury may trigger workers’ comp retaliation claim

Question: One of our employees seriously injured his hand at work after just a couple of days on the job. Based on the nature of his injury, it seems obvious that he must have committed a safety violation. Can we fire him?

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Oct 09 2017
Q&AVigilant NewsWage and Hour  

OREGON: Common questions answered on recent legislation

Vigilant recently held a webinar covering 2017 legislation impacting Oregon employers with new overtime and maximum hour rules for manufacturers, predictive scheduling, amendments to Oregon’s sick leave law, and pay equity. We’ve received some great follow-up questions regarding the overtime and maximum hour rules for manufacturers, as well as questions about Oregon’s…

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Oct 05 2017
Wage and Hour  

New law in Oregon imposes stiff penalty for requiring false time records

Oregon recently passed a new law that takes effect on January 1, 2018, prohibiting employers from compelling, coercing, or otherwise requiring an employee to create, file or sign a time record that the employer knows to be false (HB 3008). Pursuant to the new law, courts may award up to…

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Oct 03 2017
Harassment & Discrimination  

Pregnancy Discrimination Act covers breastfeeding

A recent court of appeals decision serves as a good reminder that women are protected by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) from discrimination or retaliation for requesting workplace accommodations for expressing breast milk. The PDA prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against a woman because she…

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Sep 29 2017
Workers’ Comp  

Washington L&I Proposes Lower Workers’ Comp Rates in 2018

Safety in the workplace pays. That’s why Washington employers can expect an average 2.5 percent drop in workers’ comp base rates in 2018. According to the state Department of Labor & Industries, the proposed rate decrease is the result of improved workplace safety as well as initiatives to help injured workers recover sooner,…

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Sep 19 2017
Affirmative ActionHarassment & Discrimination  

OFCCP audit results in $3.22 million payment by B&H Foto

Following an affirmative action audit by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), federal contractor B&H Foto & Electronics Corp. has agreed to pay $3,220,000 in back pay and interest to affected workers. The OFCCP alleged that the company systematically discriminated against applicants and employees in its warehouse in Brooklyn Navy…

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Sep 19 2017
Disability  

New Washington pregnancy accommodation law is in effect

Washington has a new “Healthy Starts Act” that requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers without regard to whether they are actually disabled. Upon request by employees who are pregnant or have pregnancy-related health conditions, covered employers are required to provide the following accommodations: More frequent,…

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