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Dealing with hidden disability: Navigating protections for workers with addictions

Employers generally understand their obligations related to legal protections for people with disabilities. But not all disabilities are obvious, sometimes not even to those afflicted. Such may be the case when employees suffer from addiction to prescription drugs—a problem that’s been in the spotlight lately. And with good reason: The costs employers face related to […]

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Summertime vacation fun: reviewing your PTO policy

by Jeffrey M. Cropp Summer is upon us. The kids are out of school, and your employees are taking time off for vacation. As a result, it’s a good time to take stock of your vacation policy and how it’s being implemented. This article addresses various issues associated with vacation policies.  I need that in […]

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Got an accident-prone worker? Learn what HR should do

No workers want to get hurt on the job, and most are trained on how to prevent injuries. But preventable injuries still occur. What can the human resources department do about that? Just communicating the importance of safety procedures and working with supervisors and management on effective ways to promote safety make a good start. […]

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What employers need to know about immigration reform

by Christine D. Mehfoud Turn on the news. Open the paper. Click on cnn.com. For months, if not years, immigration has been one of the top stories. Specifically, immigration reform: Will immigration reform happen? When will it happen? And what will it look like if it does happen? As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, […]

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Performing an EPA checkup

by Sophie E. Zdatny Equal pay for equal work may seem like a no-brainer, but the gender pay gap is still with us almost 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) in 1963. Nationally, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office (AG) and […]

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HR takes role of referee when employees ‘game’ the FMLA system

Put a dozen human resources professionals together and ask them about problems related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and you’re likely to hear many dozens of stories. The rules can be complicated and intricate, and unscrupulous employees manage to find creative ways to take more leave than they’re entitled to have.  Recently, […]

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HR Lawsuits Get Personal (Part 2 – What to Do)

The threat of individual lawsuits is growing, and HR managers are right in the thick of it. Here are tactics for avoiding such suits … and an antilawsuit tool you should be using regularly. Yesterday’s Advisor reported on a troubling increase in plaintiffs in employment law cases filing suit against individual managers as well as […]

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3 Questions Employers Should Ask in Discrimination Cases

In discrimination cases filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, first, the employee must establish a prima facie (minimally sufficient) case of discrimination. Once he does that, the burden shifts to the employer to produce evidence that he was rejected or someone else was preferred for a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason. This […]

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