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Background Checks: $1.1 Million Verdict For Failing To Confirm Applicant’s Identity; 5 Red Flags That Were Ignored

Manor Park nursing home in Texas hired Clifton Orphy as a janitor. The trouble was Orphy was using a different name and a fictitious date of birth and Social Security number. Consequently, Manor Park discovered that the person it hired had five prior felonies on his record only after he had raped an 84-year-old nursing […]

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Maine Tightens Up Law on Service Animals

Until recently, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations were quite broad in their definition of “service animal,” but that changed earlier this year. Now Maine, which had kept the definition loose in state law, also is tightening up on what constitutes a service animal. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations not only for employees with disabilities […]

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Equal Pay: How Do We Fix Potential Discrimination Problems We Discovered During an Internal Audit?

During our own audit of our pay for salaried workers, we discovered some discrepancies that I think might be questionable if someone were to sue us for discrimination. Statistically, it appears that we may be underpaying women as compared to men in the same job groups, but regional pay differences and other factors such as […]

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Whistleblowers: Legislation Targets Corporate Accountability; New Whistleblower Protections, Posting Requirement, and Penalties Take Effect January 1

Gov. Davis has approved legislation taking aim at corporate corruption. The new laws, modeled on the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act, protect employees who blow the whistle on possible corporate transgressions, create steep new fines for not disclosing corporate financial fraud, and add an important new workplace posting requirement. Here’s an overview of what you need to […]

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Another New Jersey city requires paid sick time

by Michael H. Dell Morristown has joined the list of New Jersey cities that require employers to provide paid sick time to employees. Employers in Morristown have until January 11 to come into compliance with the city’s paid sick time ordinance, which was passed in September. Under the ordinance, employers with 10 or more employees […]

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White House gone wild!

These days, just about anyone with an Internet connection and some time on their hands enjoys a wonder of the modern age: binge-watching. One of the first, and still one of my favorites, is Netflix’s House of Cards. No matter how over-the-top the plot twists become, no matter how difficult it is to follow the […]

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Must Charter Cities Comply with California Prevailing Wage Law?

Eighty-one years ago, California passed a law requiring contractors on “public works” projects to pay the general prevailing rate of wages to all workers. One year later, the California Supreme Court determined that wage rates for workers on locally funded public works projects are a “municipal affair” and not subject to California’s prevailing wage law.

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ROI–Key to Management Blessing for Your Wellness Program

You promised great results from your wellness program; now management wants to see those results—in dollars. Here’s how to talk about wellness in their language: Return on Investment (ROI). When management reviews the success of your wellness program, it’s likely that the first number they’ll ask to see is the program’s ROI. Fortunately, most wellness […]

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E-Alert Item: Gender Discrimination: Cap on Lawsuit Damages Doesn’t Discriminate Against Women

After a jury awarded Jill Lansdale $1.1 million in her gender-bias lawsuit against Hi-Health Supermarket in Arizona, a court promptly reduced the award to $200,000, which is the maximum permitted under federal Title VII (for employers the size of Hi-Health). Lansdale argued that the cap discriminated against women, especially because race-bias suits aren’t subject to […]

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