Category: HR Management & Compliance

There are dozens of details to take care of in the day-to-day operation of your department and your company. We give you case studies, news updates, best practices and training tips that keep your organization fully in compliance with ever-changing employment law, and you fully aware of emerging HR trends.

News Notes: Victims Of Workplace Violence Entitled To Workers’ Comp Notice

A new California law requires you to give employees who are victims of a crime at work written notice informing them they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries, including psychiatric problems. The notice generally must be provided within one working day of the crime and delivered personally or by first-class mail.

Age Discrimination: Important New Proposals To Beef Up California’s Age Bias Laws

In a controversial decision last year, a California Court of Appealruled that you can discharge high-earning employees over age 40and replace them with lower-paid workers, provided your motivationis to save money and not discriminate against older employees. The California Supreme Court recentlyrefused to review the ruling. But now, two important proposalsare pending in Sacramento that would, […]

News Notes: Worker With No Desk And No Duties Can Sue For Age Bias

Although many employers don’t realize it, you can be sued for wrongful termination even if the person quit instead of being fired. That’s because employees can claim they were ‘constructively discharged’ when working conditions become so intolerable that a reasonable person would be compelled to quit. In one recent case, a 56-year-old country club secretary, […]

News Notes: Clinton Makes Push For Workplace Child Care

President Clinton’s sweeping $21.7 billion child care initiative includes $500 million in tax incentives to encourage employers to provide more employer-sponsored child care. Under the plan, which is still subject to Congressional approval, employers would get a 25% tax credit for building or expanding child care facilities. Several other bills are pending in Congress which […]

News Notes: Injured Employee Caught Playing Golf Convicted Of Workers’ Comp Fraud

An employee who was discovered playing golf while collecting workers’ compensation payments has pleaded no contest to insurance fraud and could face jail time. William LaForge, who was just a few months away from retirement, injured his back when he fell on the steps outside the Daly City high school where he had been an […]

News Notes: Democratic Agenda Would Impact Employers; Minimum Wage Reminder

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) has laid out a series of labor proposals for the coming year. They include expanding the federal family leave law to cover employers with as few as 10 workers; requiring employers to contribute to the cost of health insurance for employees and their families; and increasing the federal minimum wage by […]

Investigating Sexual Harassment Complaints: What To Do When The Victim Wants To Keep It Confidential

An employee who is being sexually harassed may want to keep matters private because of embarrassment or fear of retribution. She might complain to you, but refuse to reveal names or ask that you not disclose anything she told you. Or you might hear about the harassment from a concerned co-worker because the victim doesn’t […]

Temporary Employees: EEOC Says You Can Be Liable For Harassment And Discrimination; 3 Ways To Protect Yourself

Over the past several years, employers have increasingly turned to staffing firms such as temporary agencies and employee leasing companies to supply workers. And according to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), many of these so-called ‘contingent’ workers are female and/or minorities. Employers often mistakenly assume that because temps or other contract workers aren’t […]

Diversity Training In The Workplace: A Checklist For Avoiding Hidden Legal Traps

Discrimination claims continue to be a very real and expensive problem. One way employers are trying to combat workplace bias is by implementing diversity programs. Although the programs aren’t new, many employers are unaware of the serious hidden legal risks involved with diversity training. In one alarming case, Lucky Stores Inc. ended up paying out […]

Family And Medical Leave: Managing Employees With Chronic Health Problems And Poor Attendance-Without Getting Sued

Habitually absent or late employees can cause big headaches, leading you to discipline or even terminate those who don’t improve. But an employer who fired a worker with peptic ulcers for poor attendance recently learned the importance of using caution before discharging someone who might be covered by the family leave laws.