Tag: laws

The Key to Combating Bullying Is Accountability

In part 1 of this article we began to explore what Catherine Mattice, a consultant, coach, and trainer had to offer about workplace bullying, including its similarity to harassment and the differences under the law. Today we’ll look at the importance of accountability as well as some methods for preventing bullying.

A Refresher Course on FMLA Return-to-Work

In my opinion, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) remains one of the most (if not the most) difficult employment laws to administer. The federal regulations are lengthy and detail-oriented, setting forth various compliance deadlines, rules, and (of course) exceptions.

The National Anthem: Let Them Stand or Make Them Stand?

It has been a long-standing tradition for championship sports teams to visit the White House and meet the president. Consistent with that tradition, the Philadelphia Eagles were invited to visit the White House on May 6, 2018, after they won this year’s Super Bowl. As it turns out, the visit never took place.

Supreme Court Pick Seen as Generally Favorable to Employers

While much of the attention surrounding President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court has been on abortion, the Second Amendment, and other hot-button issues, his stance on employment issues is not to be overlooked.

Consider Including These Key Terms in Your Well-Drafted Employment Agreements

You’ve found your ideal job candidate. The person has the skills and qualifications to perform well in the position you’re hiring him for, and he fits the mold and culture of your company. You’ve sent this person an offer of employment, and he has accepted. The offer may have provided a few details regarding the […]

PTO

Are Leave-Sharing Plans a Good Idea?

Q. We have employees who accrue paid time off (PTO) each pay period. A number of them don’t use all their PTO and would like to donate some of it to coworkers who have exhausted their own PTO. Does that violate any federal or state laws? Are there any special exceptions or issues we need […]

Pay Equity Laws 101

Providing equal pay for equal work to employees has been an ongoing concern for decades. Employers need to be particularly wary on this point because not only is pay discrimination illegal but also, it’s something that is subject to increased scrutiny right now, both in the media and by regulatory enforcement bodies like the Equal […]

Sexual Orientation

Is Sexual Orientation Protected by Federal Law?

The U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—recently upheld a six-figure jury award for a firefighter’s “sex-plus” discrimination claim, ruling that federal antidiscrimination law extends protections to gay and lesbian workers in cases where they claim discrimination based on both their gender and sexual orientation.