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Litigation Trends in Employment Law Pt 3 - E-Cigarette Use in the Workplace, Reasonably Accommodating Pregnant Women, Wellness Programs Conflicting with ADA, GINA and FMLA

Over the last few weeks we have covered some of the biggest topics in trends we are seeing in employment litigation. These are issues that you can take precautions to protect yourself. This week we cover E-Cigarette Use in the Workplace, Reasonably Accommodating Pregnant Women and Wellness Programs Conflicting with ADA, GINA and FMLA . In 2015 employers will face a number of challenging issues when it comes to managing, monitoring and maintaining their workforce. An employer that does not comply with its legal obligations faces numerous costs, including the time spent preparing and responding to litigation, investigating potential claims as well as harm to its business reputation.

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Litigation Treds in Employment Law Part 2

This is part 2 of a five part series. In 2015, employers will face a number of challenging issues when it comes to managing, monitoring and maintaining their workforce. An employer that does not comply with its legal obligations faces numerous costs, including the time spent preparing and responding to litigation, investigating potential claims as well as harm to its business reputation. Numerous new laws have been passed on the federal, state and local level which will have a significant impact on the workplace and increase the risk that an employer will be subject to a lawsuit, civil fines or criminal penalties. Over the next few weeks we will explore the top trends in litigation facing business owners.

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Litigation Trends in Employment Law Part 1

In 2015, employers will face a number of challenging issues when it comes to managing, monitoring and maintaining their workforce. An employer that does not comply with its legal obligations faces numerous costs, including the time spent preparing and responding to litigation, investigating potential claims as well as harm to its business reputation.

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What is The "Ban the Box" Trend?

In 2004, a grassroots movement called “Ban the Box” was created. In the decade since the start of the campaign it has picked up steam and many states and cities are considering passing or have already passed a Ban the Box resolution. What is it? And what do employers need to know? Ban the Box urges employers to remove questions about past criminal convictions on job applications so that people can be judged on their qualifications and skills first. The concern is that it is difficult for people with old and minor past convictions to secure a job.

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Job Descriptions are More than Legal Documents

The task of writing and revising job descriptions may sound dull, but at the same time be daunting. With so much to consider—essential versus nonessential functions, varied job responsibilities, experience and education requirements, etc.—the job can be mind-numbing. Then throw in the legal issues to consider, including things like how to prevent discrimination and wage and hour claims, and the job can get overwhelming.

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Caregiver Exemption Stands – What Now?

As you may have heard by now, the judge who originally struck down the redefinition of the companionship services stuck by his original decision and kept the ruling allowing the Department of Labor to pursue it through the appeals courts. So what does that really mean?

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Holiday Party Planning

Holiday parties are a great way to thank your employees for working hard and helping you succeed as a company but they can also create a major impact on employer liability, including the potential for sexual harassment claims. While the annual holiday party is often one of the most anticipated company events of the year, it can also get out of hand if an employer is not prepared for the potential disasters.

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Interviews: Questions to Ask and to Avoid

Congratulations—you’re hiring a new employee. Now that you have it narrowed down to your favorite candidates, it’s time to bring them in and ask them a few questions to see if they are the right fit for your company. What questions to ask? Even scarier, what questions are no-nos? Generally, the list of prohibited questions coincides closely with the protected classes under federal and state laws. Where things get really confusing is sometimes it just depends on how you ask a question.

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The Trouble With Travel

A question that employers frequently raise—do I have to pay my employees for travel time? It can be quite a confusing mess, made worse by vagueness in the law. What constitutes compensable travel? Do I reimburse mileage? Does any it make a difference if the employee is using a company car? These are all valid questions and pop up in some form for almost every business.

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Handbooks: What NOT to Include

If you have even just one employee, you should have an employee handbook. But what should be covered in it? And, just as importantly, what should not be in it? This article explores some of the common pitfalls that trap employers. While these policies all might sound like good ideas, they can put employers in legal hot water or cause frequent, needless updates to keep the handbook current.

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