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News Note: Federal Contractors May Need Clean Record For Three Years

Under a revised proposal by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council, companies would have to certify that they are in compliance with a broad range of federal laws to contract with the federal government. This new version of a rule proposed in 1999 clarifies the existing requirement that federal contractors have a satisfactory record of “integrity […]

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News Note: $5 Million Verdict For Wrongful Demotion Of Female Manager

A 29-year manager with Vons who contended she was wrongfully demoted because of her sex was awarded $5.2 million by an Orange County jury. Lynn Rayburn claimed that Vons appointed a new district manager who said there were “too damn many women in the district” and made other disparaging gender-related remarks. Rayburn had been in […]

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News Note: Government Increases Cost Estimate For Use Of Unemployment Insurance Funds For Family Leave

The federal Department of Labor has increased its projections of the cost of allowing states to pay unemployment insurance benefits to employees out on family leave. Original estimates were as high as $68 million based on the four to six states that initially expressed interest. But now the agency says that the new program could […]

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News Note: No-Solicitation Rule Can’t Be Selectively Enforced Against Union

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that United Parcel Service illegally enforced a broad no-solicitation rule that prohibited employees from distributing literature in nonwork areas during off-hours. UPS refused to allow a Teamsters union publication to be passed out in a warehouse area before work began, but routinely permitted drivers to hand out contest […]

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Independent Contractors: Court Throws Out Contractor’s Unemployment Claim; 4 Defensive Strategies

Sometimes an unemployment claim can come from out of the blue. And if the worker who files it was improperly classified as an independent contractor, it could trigger an audit—leaving you open to having to pay back payroll taxes and penalties. We’ll look at a new ruling that involved a moonlighting worker who filed for […]

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Appearance Policies: Physical Restrictions And Appearance Rules May Prompt Bias Suits; Guidelines On What You Can Require

You can impose height or weight restrictions for certain jobs as long as they’re necessary to the normal operation of your business and don’t burden one sex more heavily than the other. And it’s OK to set standards governing appearance and dress if they’re applied fairly to both men and women.

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Reasonable Accommodations: Court Says Restructuring Job May Not Be Enough; 3 Steps To Take To Prevent Getting Sued

One of your employees has a bad back and needs their duties to be modified to allow them to continue to do their job. You make some changes, but the person’s performance deteriorates. As a new California Court of Appeal case makes clear, it’s important to stay proactive by closely monitoring the situation and, if […]

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Independent Contractors: State Releases Rules On New Reporting Law

Legislation tightening enforcement of California’s child support laws will require all private, state and local employers who use independent contractors to file a new report with the Employment Development Department starting January 1, 2001. The EDD recently issued guidance with specific details about the report, which is designed to help track down parents who aren’t […]

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