The Americans with Disabilities Act may protect a “qualified” individual who suffers of alcoholism who can meet the definition of “disability.”
Sexual harassment continues to be a serious problem in today’s workplace, where managers, supervisors and owners are involved. Workplace sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that explicitly or implicitly affect an individual’s […]
The average unemployment rate in the U.S for those without a disability has been around 3.7% versus 8% for people with a disability. If you are in HR, remember that you have a magic wand in your hands and can make magic, magic to positively impact the lives of those workers with disabilities. It is […]
How soon must a person report back to work or apply for reinstatement after returning from Military Service?
As 2020 is fast approaching. we need to ensure we are following the correct steps for verifying employment work eligibility.
Erratic, unpredictable absences such as allowing an employee to come in and leave at any time is not a reasonable accommodation as per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) is a federal law that provides reemployment rights for veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve following qualifying military service. It also prohibits employer discrimination against any person on the basis of that person’s past USERRA-covered service, current military obligations, or intent to join one of the uniformed services.
ASICS America Corporation (ASICS), a manufacturer of athletic footwear and accessories, violated federal law by firing a temporary worker because of her disabilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.
Are I-9 Forms available in other languages? Can employers in the United States use the Spanish version of the Form I-9? How can the Spanish version be used in the United States? Which version needs to be retained in the employer’s records? Are employees in Puerto Rico required to use the Spanish version of the […]
2020 Final Rule on Overtime Eligibility for White Collar Employees – The effective date of this final rule is January 1, 2020. The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004.
No employee should ever have to endure a sexually degrading and humiliating work environment to make a living. However, last year the EEOC obtained $56.6 million for monetary benefits to victims of sexual harassment. This is the highest amount ever obtained by the EEOC for Sexual Harassment claims. Here is the most recent case announced […]
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and significant contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. To continue bringing this awareness, I want to share the following question I received from one of my clients this morning. An employee gave […]
Jury Awards $5.2 Million Against Walmart in EEOC Disability Discrimination Case after determining that the company violated federal law when it refused to accommodate the disabilities of a longtime employee, and awarded $5.2 million in damages. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, an employee, who has a developmental disability and is deaf and visually impaired, worked […]
No employee should have to endure being subjected to sexual harassment in order to earn a living! NO, NO, NO! In fiscal 2018, the EEOC recovered almost $70 million for sexual harassment complaints, up from $47.5 million in fiscal year 2017. Sexual harassment remains a persistent problem in the workplace that does not seem to […]
Would you fire a woman that was 5 months pregnant only because she was pregnant? Would you terminate older workers and replace them with younger ones because it is time for them to “rest”? Well, some companies are making these kinds of decisions and think it is OK! Employment discrimination lawsuits continue to climb and […]
No women should ever have to fear losing her job because she wants to be a mother, but despite the passing of the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), lawsuits due to violations of PDA have risen nearly 50% in the last fifteen years.