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Jan 06 2015
Q&A  

If anti-harassment policy is broader than law requires, be prepared to enforce it

Q: Our policy against harassment says we will take disciplinary action for any inappropriate workplace conduct, regardless of whether it violates the law. An employee complained of coworkers yelling at him, but it doesn’t seem connected to a protected status, so do we have to take action?

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Dec 16 2014
Q&ADisability  

Essential functions of job may not be as clear as you think

Question: Our receptionist is responsible not only for answering phones and greeting visitors, but also for keeping the adjacent coffee room clean. She now says she is allergic to all cleaning products and cannot clean the coffee room. We believe this is an essential function of her job. If we can’t find a reasonable accommodation, can we remove her from the position?

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Dec 11 2014
Wage and Hour  

Alert: Supreme Court says no pay for security screening time at Amazon warehouse

Warehouse workers who had to wait up to 25 minutes after their shifts to go through a security screening weren’t entitled to be paid for the time, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.

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Nov 05 2014
Drug and AlcoholSafety and Health  

Alert: Oregon voters approve recreational marijuana; are employers prepared?

The November 4, 2014, ballot results of Measure 91 are clear: Oregon voters have joined their Washington neighbors in approving recreational marijuana for individuals who are 21 or older.

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Oct 24 2014
WebinarAffirmative ActionDisability  

WEBINAR: Review of new affirmative action rules on veterans and people with disabilities

New affirmative action rules on veterans and people with disabilities will almost certainly require employers to budget more staff time and resources to manage these new obligations.

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Sep 10 2014
Labor Relations  

Executive Order requires scrutiny of labor law violations

The President recently issued an executive order to require certain federal contractors to disclose labor law violations, provide paycheck notices to employees, and refrain from requiring nonunion employees to sign certain pre-dispute arbitration clauses.

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Sep 02 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: San Diego to require paid sick leave and raise minimum wage

The San Diego City Council overrode the mayor’s veto on August 18, 2014, to pass an ordinance that will require employers in the City to offer paid sick leave and pay minimum wages at a new scale.

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Aug 14 2014
Drug and Alcohol  

Rules finalized for small business health care tax credit

The IRS has published final rules explaining how eligible small employers may claim a partial tax credit for providing health insurance to their employees.

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Jul 17 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Minimum wage for exempt workers increased July 1, 2014

In order for a professional, administrative, or executive employee to be exempt from overtime in California, the minimum annual salary must be at least $37,440 as of July 1, 2014.

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Jul 17 2014
Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: More family members covered by paid family leave

Effective July 1, 2014, employees in California may take paid family leave to care for a grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or parent-in-law with a serious health condition.

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