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Negligent Hiring: Court Says You Can Be Sued For On-The-Job Injuries To An Independent Contractor’s Employees; 4 Key Steps To Take

Suppose an employee for a contractor you’ve hired gets injured on the job. Typically, the employee’s only recourse is to seek workers’ comp benefits from the contractor. But a new California Court of Appeal ruling exposes a problem that you might not expect when using independent contractors: You can be sued if the contractor’s employee […]

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Retaliation Claims: Employee Wins $174,000 After Getting Fired For Going AWOL To Attend Co-Worker’s Unemployment Hearing; 3 Strategies To Prevent Lawsuits

Juan Manuel Reyes, a sewing machine operator for Los Angeles sport jacket manufacturer J.H. Design Group, left work for two hours to testify on behalf of a former co-worker at an unemployment hearing. Reyes said that he took off during a morning break and didn’t punch out or notify a supervisor for fear of retribution. […]

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News Flash: Jury Awards Nestle Manager Over $5 Million In Age Bias Case

A jury in Los Angeles awarded $5.16 million to a former financial manager for Nestle who claimed the company denied him promotions that went to junior employees. The manager was in his mid-40s. He complained to the human resources department and a senior executive but never got a satisfactory response about whether his age was […]

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Workplace Bullying Epidemic: On-The-Job Aggression Is A Growing Problem For Employers; What To Do About It

You’ve probably encountered one sometime or another. The supervisor who resorts to name-calling when dealing with subordinates. The worker who’s quick to blame others for mistakes. The manager who penalizes employees by excluding them from important meetings, removing them from routing lists or saddling them with menial work assignments. Although these workplace bullies may not […]

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Workers’ Compensation: Why Cutting Off An Injured Employee’s Health Insurance Benefits Can Be A Costly Mistake

Many employers don’t realize that if you terminate health insurance coverage for an employee who has filed a workers’ comp claim, you can be hit with expensive penalties. In fact, even some comp insurers erroneously advise their policyholders that it’s OK to stop the health benefits of employees on workers’ comp so long as the […]

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News Flash: Wonder Bread Lawsuit Charges Lack Of Diversity

Twenty-one African-American workers at a Wonder Bread factory in San Francisco have sued the company for discrimination, saying they were denied promotions, given the worst shifts and subjected to racial slurs. They also claim that not one African-American is in a management position. Wonder’s parent company, Interstate Brands Corp., denies the charges and says it […]

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Wage And Hour: Stock Option Legislation Gets Speedy Approval

President Clinton has signed into law new legislation, S. 2323, that excludes stock options from overtime pay. The bill takes effect on August 16, 2000, and is intended to counteract a recent Department of Labor opinion letter stating that stock option profits must be included in a nonexempt worker’s base pay when you calculate their […]

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News Flash: EEOC Focuses On Immigrant Workers’ Rights

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that two Maryland food processing plants will pay a total of $1 million to settle a sexual harassment suit on behalf of 22 female workers, all Central American immigrants. Male managers and co-workers allegedly groped the women and demanded sexual favors, and one woman was locked in a […]

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