Employee Management

Employers May Be Subject to Discrimination Charges If Criminal Background Checks Are Applied Too Broadly

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Based on a recent class action suit, employers could be vulnerable to discrimination charges if they apply criminal background checks inappropriately or too generally. The plaintiff in the suit alleged his employer denied employment or terminated employees, including the plaintiff, with past criminal records, which may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and various state laws. The employer, or defendant, in the case fired the plaintiff 17 months after being hired because of a previous vehicular manslaughter conviction. This suit, and employers’ exposure to similar suits,...

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Employee-Owned Laptops Not Protected Against Discovery by Employers

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As employers and employees wrestle with the issue of employees’ rights to privacy in a digital workplace and world, the New Jersey Supreme Court has clearly ruled in favor of the employee in a recent case brought before the judges. Although the ruling cannot be applied in other states, many legal experts expect many other states’ supreme courts to agree with the principle if they are presented with similar cases. In this particular case, client-attorney privilege was the legal issue being disputed. The employer, or plaintiff, used her company-issued laptop to communicate with her...

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Another “Left-field” Challenge for HR Professionals and Employers: A No-Scent Policy

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It may seem absurd to some that an employee could sue his or her employer about the perfume or other scents a co-worker is wearing, but that is what happened to the City of Detroit. A city employee went to court because she claimed her rights were violated according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, when her health suffered, having been exposed to various personal scents of other workers. She asked the city to implement a no-scent policy or other means to accommodate her chemical sensitivity. When it refused, she sued. The city tried to have the suit dismissed, but when denied, it...

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Employers Must Be Prepared for the Growing Trend of Work-at-Home Employees

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According to a 2009 study only 2.5 million employees (not including the self-employed) considered home their primary place of business during 2008. Include those who worked remotely from other locations, and that number increases to 17.2 million. Some labor experts, however, think that approximately 40% of the total U.S. workforce could work at home at least part-time. This is a growing trend that must be on employers’ radar because the economic and social benefits are likely to make work-at-home an alternative that employers and employees can’t overlook. From the...

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Employers Qualify for Tax Exemptions with New HIRE Act

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President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives To Restore Employment (HIRE) Act during March 2010. The Act provides employers with incentives to hire and retain new employees. A qualified employer will be exempt from paying the employer’s share of 2010 social security employment taxes (6.2 percent of the first $106,800 of wages) of any new employee hired after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011. The new employee must have been previously unemployed and does not replace another employee. Employers can also qualify for a $1,000 income tax credit for every new employee they employ...

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Research Reveals Extent of Workplace Bullying

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According to research from the Workplace Bullying Institute, a survey of human resource executives revealed that one-third of them had personally witnessed or experienced workplace bullying. The findings also suggest that workplace bullying can make it more difficult to retain employees and cause communication and productivity issues. Workplace Bullying Institute is the only United States organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying through individual support, research, public education, consulting for employers and legislative advocacy. Although bullying can become...

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