It’s no surprise to employers that substance abuse in the workplace is problematic for businesses and can lead to increased workplace injuries, loss of productivity, employer liability, and a steady rise in health insurance claims. But what can you do if you suspect that your employee has a substance abuse problem, but there is no […]
The legal definition of “spouse”, under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act has forever changed as the result of a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The nation’s highest court has ruled that it is not constitutional to define marriage […]
Two sets of legislation are being reviewed that employers should be aware of. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and The Supporting Working Moms Act.
U.S. employers should be aware that there will be changes to the I-9 , (Employment Eligibility Form) and posters outlining legalities related to Family Medical Leave.
Employment Eligibility Form: The updated employment verification form is available now. Changes include a new format and additional instructions. You’ll need to transition to the new form for all new employees and for employees who need to be re-verified by May 7, 2013.
Employers should always practice due diligence when it comes to employee accommodations related to disability. But what happens in cases where an accommodation is not possible? What rights do employers have? What about an employees’ right to reasonable accommodation based on the ADA, versus an employers’ business needs? The law firm of Baker Olmsted & […]
Employers have become very cognizant of their employee’s social media use.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) insists that an employer provide an individual with a disability what is termed as ‘reasonable accommodation’ whether the individual is already an employee or applying for employment.
What is the Parental Bereavement Act? As a supervisor, you’re already familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides eligible workers in specific situations with up to 12 weeks of protected unpaid leave and continuation of health insurance coverage. For example, FMLA protects employees caring for a newborn or bonding with an […]
Does your company have an employee handbook? If you don’t you should. An employee handbook serves three purposes. It highlights your expectations for the workplace, puts in writing any legal requirements requirements and sets employee guidelines for workplace practices and behavior in black and white. Even a bare bones employee handbook is better than no […]
What is the Family Medical Leave Act and why is it important? The Family Medical Leave Act, also known as FMLA is a law enacted in1993 which states that qualified employees have the right to access an unpaid leave for a total of up to 12 weeks during any 12-month period, and in some circumstances, […]