It’s bad enough that flu can make people miserable and hamper an employer’s operations, and it may be even worse when employees decide to power through and come to work sick, thereby spreading the misery. But besides dealing with the illness, employers have legal and policy issues to consider, including whether they can require employees [...]
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Today’s employers are usually well aware of their responsibility to protect employees from unlawful discrimination based on disability. But what about the disabilities that are unseen and often misunderstood? How can the employer do right by the employee and still keep the work on track? Those questions don’t have easy answers, but focusing on time-honored [...]
by Jo Ellen Whitney
Plenty of reporters, commentators, and the twitterverse have all made statements that Hillary Clinton is way too invested in her personal privacy, citing various examples, including most recently her health. As you will remember, former Secretary Clinton was escorted from the New York 9/11 memorial service appearing ill and there was a [...]
by Teresa Shulda
Summer will be here soon, and we’ll be car-dancing to the latest “summer jam.” During my time, the top summer hits were by music greats Madonna and Def Leppard. Whatever your favorite summer tunes are, it’s important to remember that summer brings lots of opportunities for employment law jams—and they aren’t the kind [...]
Planning for an emergency can be a complicated task. Emergencies, almost by definition, are tough to predict and, therefore, tough to prepare for. And even carefully planned emergency preparedness procedures can go awry if a disability prevents an employee from being able to evacuate the workplace in a dangerous situation.
Recently, attorneys familiar with workplace issues [...]
by Jason Ritchie
It’s imperative that you train your supervisors on key workforce management topics. Here are three compliance areas that should top your training list.
Who couldn’t use a cute, cuddly friend at work? One that’s not the least bit judgmental, one that is loyal and devoted, one whose main goal in life is to build you up when the pressures of work get you down. If only your dog could go with you to work.
A number of companies [...]
Natural disasters wreak havoc on all facets of a community. The death toll from fire, flood, wind, snow, and ice is the most obvious concern, but the property damage that can leave people homeless or dealing with serious damage causes problems long after the initial storm passes.
Employers, too, have to deal with loss, damage, [...]
Office workers want to be comfortable and productive at work, and they all have different ideas on how to accomplish that goal. Some want to sit. Others want to stand. Some want privacy for focused work. Others want open space for collaborative work. Still others want comfy-cozy nooks where they can curl up with a [...]
Perfume, air fresheners, even soap and shampoo are supposed to make the world more pleasant. But that’s not always the case, and those scented products can even present legal risks in the workplace. With many employees claiming an allergy or some other sensitivity to scented products, the human resources department may be tasked with solving [...]