Tag: employer

Ask the Expert: Is Accidental Sharing of Personal Information Reportable?

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at HR Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber regarding the accidental sharing of an employee personal information and an organization’s obligations to report the mistake. Q: A client of ours experienced a technical issue within their […]

Ask the Expert: Getting a Second Opinion on Workspace Accommodation Requests

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at HR Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber regarding a requested disability workplace accommodation where the validity is in question. What abilities, obligations, and limitations does an employer have to verify an employee’s medical accommodation […]

Ask the Expert: Rehire Waiting Period?

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at HR Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber who is looking to rehire a former employee and would like to understand if the same waiting period rule applies as with a new employee. Q: What […]

Workplace Safety Concerns Hit All-Time High for U.S. Employees

Most U.S. employees are more concerned about workplace safety than ever before, with worries ranging from health hazards to cybersecurity, and they expect employers to ensure their well-being while on the job, according to a new study from AlertMedia. Based on responses from over 2,000 full-time U.S. workers, the State of Employee Safety Report found 90% of employees […]

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Background Checks: Being Safe Is Better Than Being Sorry

If you’ve ever thought about forgoing a background check, think again. The small expense now can save you a lot in the long run. Rotten Apple A perhaps underestimated part of the hiring process is the employee background check. Employers may find them unnecessary or not worth the expense. One Pizza Hut location started sweating […]

4 Tips to Avoid Union Strikes

Some 450 members of United Steelworkers Local 40 went on strike on October 1, 2021, when the union failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with management at Special Metals, a plant based in Huntington, West Virginia, which develops and produces nickel alloys. Like many employers dealing with strikes, it’s likely Special Metals is […]

Don’t Mess with Retaliation

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Texas) recently issued a published decision, a rarity since most opinions are unpublished and therefore can’t be cited to courts as precedent. It was also a per curiam opinion, i.e., a three-judge panel decided the appeal but no particular judge took credit for writing it.

FMLA

Mishandling Return to Work in Worker’s Comp Context Risks FMLA Liability

When an employee is injured on the job, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the state-specific leave statutes may confer benefits in addition to what a state’s worker’s compensation provides. Employers subject to the FMLA should consider how the law interacts with their state’s worker’s comp law when FMLA-eligible employees need time […]

Alleged Casting Couch: Sex in Return for a Promotion

An employee who claims she was discriminatorily deprived of a promotion must file the claim within a limited period after the discriminatory conduct occurred. Some courts say the claim arises when the employer decides not to provide the promotion. Other courts say it’s when the employer actually fills the job. Which is correct? Neither, said […]