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Feb 06 2017
Q&ADisabilityHiringTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Think twice before revoking job offers based on red flags

Question: We just found out our new hire was fired from his last job for bad attendance, after which he sued the company for disability discrimination. We’re worried he’s not a fit. Can we revoke the conditional job offer?

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Jan 03 2017
Q&ATermination & ResignationWage and Hour  

Can we deduct from a final paycheck for a missing laptop?

Q: We recently had to terminate a remote employee and he has refused to return his laptop. Can we take the cost of the laptop out of his final paycheck?

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Nov 07 2016
Workers’ Comp  

WASHINGTON: L&I proposes workers’ comp rate increase for 2017

Last week, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) proposed an average increase of 0.7 percent on workers’ compensation rates charged to employers.

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Sep 14 2016
Harassment & Discrimination  

Prompt investigation saves employer from harassment liability

In a nod to the value of HR professionals, a federal district court in Tennessee dismissed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case against Autozone, finding that the company did enough to stop alleged harassment by a store manager. How did the company address allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace? In…

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Jul 21 2016
Safety and Health  

OSHA will scrutinize employee safety incentive programs

Safety incentive programs are under fire from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Jun 24 2016
Disability  

Telling a California employee to see doctor not enough to satisfy interactive process

Showing just how far an employer must go to satisfy California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), a federal district court recently refused to dismiss an employee’s claim that his employer failed to engage in a second round of disability accommodation talks.

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Mar 29 2016
Q&APrivacy & Confidentiality  

Are employers required to have gender neutral bathrooms?

Question: Does the law require employers to have unisex bathrooms even if we don’t have transgender employees?

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Feb 02 2016
Q&ALeave Laws  

What is the FMLA’s rule about 50 employees within 75 miles?

Q: We have employees at two small facilities in towns that are 60 miles away from each other. One facility has 10 employees and the other has 43. An employee at the 10-employee site has requested leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). We don’t believe he qualifies for FMLA because each facility has less than 50 employees. Is that correct?

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