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Employee Handbooks: A Cautionary Tale

Employee handbooks can provide important legal protection for employers. However, imprecise drafting or inattentiveness to legal requirements can undermine the effectiveness of a handbook or create unintended effects. In Chambers v. Catholic Charitie… Read More
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Requesting a Doctor's Not…

Requesting a Doctor's Note: Proceed with Caution

As many businesses resume “in-person” operations, a return to the office may not be welcomed by all. An employee who seeks to continue working remotely may assert that telecommuting is a reasonable accommodation for a disability. In some… Read More
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Race-Based Shift Changes:…

Race-Based Shift Changes: A Cautionary Tale

According to a 2020 Glassdoor survey, 76% of the job seekers/employees surveyed indicated that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers. And many employers have lauded diversity as an important institutional… Read More
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Remote Workers Mean Remot…

Remote Workers Mean Remote Workplace Rules

Large corporations with facilities across the globe have systems in place to monitor compliance with local employment and tax laws for the various places where they maintain employees. Smaller U.S. companies with only one or a few locations may be in… Read More
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“Vaccine or Test” Rul…

“Vaccine or Test” Rule Blocked

In November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to implement a mandatory workplace rule requiring that employees either be… Read More
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Big Employer “Vaccinate…

Big Employer “Vaccinate or Test” Rule Back in Place – at Least for Now

Last November, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its Emergency Temporary Standard that would require employers with 100 or more employees to implement a mandatory workplace rule that employees either be vaccin… Read More
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Vaccine Mandate Suspended

Vaccine Mandate Suspended

Last Thursday, the Biden Administration unveiled its OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard – a detailed set of rules requiring mandatory vaccination, or mask-wearing with weekly COVID tests, for employees of companies with 100 or more workers. The rule… Read More
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Pets at Work

Pets at Work

Over 12 million American households adopted a pet during the pandemic. With the increase in pet ownership, more employees may be asking to bring their new companions with them upon return to the office. Do employers have to allow employees to bring t… Read More
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Do I Really Need an Emplo…

Do I Really Need an Employee Handbook?

Eighteen months of the coronavirus pandemic have wreaked havoc on workplace employee handbooks as human resource departments and small business owners struggled to rewrite the rules in the face of mandatory work from home orders and heightened safety… Read More
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Avoid Becoming a “Poste…

Avoid Becoming a “Poster Boy” for Posting Violations

Federal law requires employers to maintain labor law posters in a conspicuous location in the workplace, and failure to comply can result in harsh civil penalties (which are adjusted for inflation each year). In 2021, penalties range from $178 (Famil… Read More
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