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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s failure to disclose his recent hospitalization has triggered an uproar in Washington, D.C. and in workplaces beyond the capital city. Experts have said employees should be prepared to disclose basic information about their own hospitalizations, for their own protection.
Potential leave entitlement doesn't end with the exhaustion of 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but may be extended for a specified period of time under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so long as that doesn't result in an undue hardship on the employer. ADA and FMLA obligations should be coordinated, including health insurance and return to work.
The short interval between an employee's request for a medical accommodation and his termination was sufficient to show causation in the early stages of his discrimination and retaliation claims, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The court also held that a jury could reasonably conclude from the evidence that the employer's reasons for firing the employee were a pretext crafted after having already decided to terminate him because of his accommodation request.
The new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, originally released on August 1, 2023, is now mandatory for all new hires, effective November 1, 2023. The enactment of the new form contained a grace period, during which employers could continue to use the new form or the old form, dated 10/21/2019, until October 31, 2023.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined a deaf employee could proceed to trial under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over an employer's failure to provide text message summaries of safety meetings and an interpreter at a disciplinary hearing as accommodations.
Federal laws, such as the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Equal Pay Act, impose recordkeeping duties on employers. Recordkeeping duties include creating, updating and preserving information.
Your employee handbook is an important document. Not only does it help employees understand company policies, promote solid company-employee communication and set a consistent standard of expectations, but it can also have serious legal ramifications.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employers can only deny an employee's request for a religious accommodation under federal law if they can prove it would result in substantial increased costs for the business.
For 2024, individuals with a high deductible health plan (HDHP) will have an HSA contribution limit of $4,150. The HSA contribution limit for family coverage will be $8,300. Those amounts are about a 7% increase over what you can contribute this year for 2023.
April 2023 Newsletter
In February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service released final rules expanding mandatory electronic filing requirements for certain employer tax...
Employers often misunderstand the Family and Medical Leave Act's (FMLA's) definition of an employee who is eligible for FMLA leave, and they can't figure out...
November 7, 2022
While grounds for immediate dismissal vary from employer to employer, violations of certain policies can lead to an employee's quick exit...
October 10, 2022
Employers are required to retain important employee documents including government forms, sensitive employee information...
September 12, 2022
SERVICE ANIMALS AND THE WORKPLACE Approximately two and a half years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a...
August 15, 2022
An Employer’s Guide to Handling Worker’s Compensation Claims Here are the standard steps to for employers to use when administering a...
July 13, 2022
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that its proposed overtime rule is now tentatively slated to be released in...
June 7, 2022
COBRA Administration COBRA administration can be handled by either the employer or a third-party administrator, but as the legal obligation...
May 9, 2022
Common FMLA Mistakes Many employers have learned the hard way that common mistakes by untrained HR and people managers...
April 11, 2022
The Americans with Disabilities Act. What is the “interactive process?” During the interactive process—a discussion about an applicant's or employee's...
March 14, 2022
Is part-time work a reasonable accommodation under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)? According to a recent ruling made...
February 10, 2022
Handling Workplace ComplaintsWorkplace complaints are inevitable for most employers. Employers should have a plan in place to deal with complaints...
January 17, 2022
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued mixed rulings in a pair of cases challenging the Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for...
January 13, 2022
SUPREME COURT TO HEAR VACCINE DIRECTIVES CHALLENGES IN JANUARY Lawsuits aiming to block the Biden administration's vaccination directives for certain...