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Nov 21 2017
Q&ADisabilitySafety and HealthTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Accommodate for Questionable Religious Belief?

Question: We recently instituted a no-beard policy to ensure that men can securely wear their required safety masks. However, one of our Muslim employees refused, citing the Prophet Muhammad. I’ve studied the Quran, and I know that it doesn’t require beards. Can we discipline or fire him for not shaving?

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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 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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Jul 18 2017
Q&APrivacy & Confidentiality  

Think twice before telling the truth about former employees

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

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Jun 15 2017
Drug and Alcohol  

Positive drug tests on the rise

In a report released May 16, 2017, Quest Diagnostics revealed that American workplace drug testing has reached its highest positivity rate in 12 years. After analyzing more than ten million drug test results in 2016, Quest found that workers tested positive in 4.2 percent of all urine tests—a 5 percent jump from…

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Jun 12 2017
Q&ADisability  

Q&A: Employer doesn’t have to promote to accommodate disability

Q: We have a production employee with a medical condition whose doctor said no work “near dust or contaminants.” We tried several options, including buying a respirator and moving her to different positions on the floor. Instead she wants an open sales job that pays more. Do we have to give it to her?

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May 26 2017
HiringImmigration  

A glitch in the system: Are you using the correct Form I-9?

On April 6, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) disclosed on its “what’s new” feed that an early version of the new Form I-9 contained an internal technical error. Then on April 17, the agency alerted the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that some HR professionals are inadvertently using that bad form.…

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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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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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Apr 04 2017
Harassment & DiscriminationTermination & Resignation  

Female supervisor fired for sharing a stale cake will get her day in court

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently breathed new life into a lawsuit against WinCo Foods, finding enough evidence to suggest sex discrimination against a long-term female supervisor who was fired for sharing a stale cake with her work crew.

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