Tag: employment

5th Circuit Rejects Fired Transgender Employee’s Discrimination Claim

An employer wasn’t liable to a former employee who alleged he was terminated because he was transgender, the 5th Circuit recently ruled, upholding a Houston federal district court decision. The appeals court said the former employee failed to allege he was treated differently than cisgender employees. The court’s opinion offers guidance on an emerging area […]

Can a 17-Year-Old Sign to Authorize a Background Check?

Background checks have become a fairly standard component of the hiring process. Most employers perform some form of background screening, though it varies in terms of how in-depth it is and what is covered. This can not only help the employer with decision-making but also ensure the employer uncovers potential issues.

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Employee ‘Unaware’ of Signed Arbitration Agreement Compelled to Arbitrate

When launching an arbitration agreement, you must understand the pros and cons of requiring your employees to sign one as well as which workers should be covered and the hurdles of enforcement. Depending on the potential value of the claim to be arbitrated, the filing fee could result in a five-figure charge just to initiate […]

When to Use Section 3 of the I-9 Form

When you hire a new employee, it’s usually second nature to complete the I-9 process. The I-9 (employment eligibility) process is fairly straightforward, and employers must complete it in a timely manner. Employees complete Section 1 either before they start or on the day they begin employment, and the employer reviews the documents they provide […]

Criminal Background Checks: Cautious Employers Could Cost Their Company

As a cautious employer, let’s say you run a criminal background check on all of your applicants. Your latest candidate’s report comes up with an arrest record from just a few months ago for theft but no conviction. What do you do? In a situation like this, it is best to call counsel because the […]

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How to Handle Spring Break Travel in a COVID-19 World

After being cooped up for nearly a year because of COVID-19, many employees may be looking to take spring break getaways in the coming months. As is the case with most issues involving the pandemic, however, the travel opportunity creates several employment law concerns and considerations for employers to navigate.

Why HR Should Care About the Company Website

Creating, maintaining, and updating your organization’s Web presence is not typically HR’s job, but the HR team should have a vested interest in how the website looks and functions and how well it coordinates with the rest of the company’s online presence.

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4 Common, Practical Problems in Employment Manuals

Every HR professional struggles, sweats, and possibly rips their hair out (if they have any) over what to put into an employment manual and how best to minimize litigation for their company in the future. Worrying exclusively about liability rather than practicality, however, can lead to significant concerns. Here some common issues with employment manuals.

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10 Mostly Nonpandemic-Related Challenges Facing HR Pros

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing but isn’t the only challenge employers face. Here are 10 goals you would do well to consider in the months ahead to mitigate against the risk of an employment lawsuit or agency complaint and position your business to comply with new workplace laws and regulations.

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National Guard Called to D.C. for Inauguration—Where Does That Leave Employers?

As of Friday, January 15, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy had authorized up to 21,000 National Guard troops from around the country to assist law enforcement with security related to today’s inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden according to Military Times. The troops have come from nearly all states, with more than four times the number of […]