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Apr

02

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Remember: ADA likely still applies after medical leave is exhausted!

EEOC sues Blood Bank of Hawaii for terminating employees needing more leave than FMLA allowed:

https://lnkd.in/guicx_Q

Employers should keep engaging in the interactive process and only deny accommodations or proceed with terminations once they have established an undue hardship, preferably backed by medical documentation. The other possibility is where there is a clear lack of participation/communication in the interactive process by the employee.

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Mar

28

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Beware of Maximum Sick Leave Policies: UPS just paid out a $2 Million settlement last month.

The EEOC sued UPS for maintaining an "inflexible" leave policy that terminated employees automatically after being out on leave for more than 12 months.

While few employers are likely to be expected to accommodate such a long and extended leave, the issue here was the total lack of any interactive process.  

 
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Mar

08

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Employers should prepare now to deal with DACA-related issues affecting their workforce. Here are a few relevant facts and tips:

- Current DACA recipients can keep their deferred action period and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. 

- DACA benefits are generally good two years from the issue date.

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Mar

05

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Official Relief for EEO-1 Filers: Last week the federal Office of Management and Budget

Official Relief for EEO-1 Filers: Last week the federal Office of Management and Budget directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to stop requiring employers to report pay information as part of a new EEO-1 report. https://lnkd.in/gHAGFWt

The EEOC's controversial rule and data collection program would have required companies with 100+ employees and federal contractors with 50 +), to spend significant time and money on gathering and sorting wage and hour information and then reporting that information based on employees' race, gender, and ethnicity.

 
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Dec

08

2017
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Protection Roadmap: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Publishes Updated Recommendations for Properly Preventing and Investigating Sexual Misconduct.

The report is a good road map for keeping campuses & workplaces free from abuse and harassment. See link in comments below. Per the report, 110+ private schools are accused of sexual assault occurring on campus and “90+ lawsuits/legal claims have been filed on behalf of alleged victims.

The report recommends that schools (& employers) strengthen policies, investigation procedures, and response plans by:

 
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Nov

28

2017
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Employer Medijuana Defense Goes Up In Smoke: Federal Court Rules for the First Time

Federal Court Rules for the First Time that Federal Law Does Not Prohibit Employing Illegal Drug Users.

Employee suffering PTSD was prescribed Medijuana by her doctor, registered with Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection, and notified her employer before taking her pre-employment drug test that she took Marinol at night before bed.

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Nov

23

2017
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Abracadabra! Start Polishing Your Crystal Balls: Oregon becomes the first state to require large employers to provide employees with advance notice of schedules.

Oregon becomes the first state to require large employers to provide employees with advance notice of schedules.

Come July 1, 2018, employers with 500+ employees must give employees "good faith estimates" of their work schedules at least 7 days in advance. Come July 1, 2020, that notice period increases to 14 days. Other gems from the new law:

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Nov

15

2017
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Possible Relief for Joint Employers:

Staffing agency clients, franchises, and other workforce contractors may soon have reason to breath a sigh of relief . A standalone bi-partisan bill on the hill takes aim at the NLRB's infamous Browning-Ferris decision. That 2015 ruling expanded the definition of joint employment, going from a decades-old "direct and immediate control" standard to a much broader "indirect control" standard.

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Oct

15

2017
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Protecting Witnesses and their Statements:

Per a recent D.C. Circuit ruling, unions are still presumed to have access to your witness statements before an arbitration hearing. See https://lnkd.in/gQwT-rW

HR and Employers should ensure they can offer “substantial justification" for withholding witness statements as confidential. While there is no bullet-proof protection, a few things can help protect confidentiality of witness statements:

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Sep

25

2017
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
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Changes to the White Collar Exemption are Afoot Again

Employers breathed a sigh of relief in late 2016 when a Federal court stayed the new regulation that was set to double the minimum salary threshold for managers to be exempt from overtime.

Now the DOL is asking for input on how to proceed. Interested parties have until September 25, 2017, to submit comments.

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