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Dec 22 2014
Leave Laws  

Taking FMLA into Account Could Create Liability

An ICU nurse who left her hospital and subsequently took leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) at her new employer was suspicious when she was not rehired for multiple positions she applied for at her former employer.

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Nov 06 2014
Disability  

Is your workplace technology accessible to people with disabilities?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology.

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Sep 29 2014
Leave Laws  

Actual Notice of FMLA Necessary to Hold Employees Accountable

An employer’s failure to prove that it gave the required notices under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) led to an employee suing the employer for being terminated for failing to return from leave within 12 weeks.

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Aug 05 2014
Disability  

EEOC issues controversial guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act

EEOC issues controversial guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act

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Aug 05 2014
Hiring  

Clear documentation saves employer from age discrimination liability

Thorough documentation of job requirements recently helped an Oregon employer win an age discrimination claim.

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Jul 30 2014
Disability  

Annual fitness-for-duty exams generally not allowed

Q: We want to make sure our employees remain healthy and able to do their jobs. Can we require them to submit to an annual fitness-for-duty exam?

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Jun 24 2014
Wage and Hour  

Class action claim for final pay violations allowed to proceed

A former PetSmart groomer has been given the green light to proceed with her class action lawsuit alleging that PetSmart’s practice of paying departing employees with a prepaid ATM card was a violation of the California Labor Code.

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Jun 17 2014
Leave Laws  

CALIFORNIA: Leave of absence for pregnant employee may not be reasonable accommodation

Granting a leave of absence instead of workplace accommodations to a pregnant employee may not have been reasonable under California law, ruled a federal district court in California.

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May 14 2014
Hiring  

Register today: Tigard Form I-9 Workshop May 21st

In our I-9 workshop you will learn everything you need to know about filling out the I-9 Form accurately. We'll go through the motions in this interactive workshop including:     Filling out sample I-9 Forms,       Auditing the sample forms, and     Discussing the law and tricky situations to avoid Vigilant Employment Attorney, Lorraine Hoffman will lead this critical workshop. The federal government…

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May 13 2014
Q&ADrug and Alcohol  

Some drug testing methods may have a disparate impact

Q: We would really rather not have to collect urine samples from our employees; can we perform drug tests on hair samples instead?

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