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Is coronavirus considered a disability under ADA?

Must employers provide reasonable accommodations under the ADA in response to the pandemic coronavirus situation? According to JAN (the Job Accommodation Network), the answer is YES. JAN announced it is hearing from many employers who are inquiring about their responsibilities under the ADA to accommodate employees who have concerns about exposure to the coronavirus. Per JAN, … Continue reading Is coronavirus considered a disability under ADA?

DOL Releases Final Joint-Employer Rule

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Department of Labor (Department) announced a final rule to revise and update its regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule provides updated guidance for determining joint employer status when an employee performs work for his or her employer that simultaneously benefits … Continue reading DOL Releases Final Joint-Employer Rule

Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

Office holiday parties can build morale, offer opportunities for more casual interactions among workers, and reward employees for a productive year– but did you know they can also be a source of liability for your company? If you choose to have alcohol at your holiday party, consider the following tips to help keep you and … Continue reading Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

Are Your Halloween Celebrations and Activities Putting Your Workplace at Risk?

Employers will often throw parties for Halloween, thinking it could help with morale and team building. However, Halloween has become a celebration that can have more opportunities to cross the line and can set the stage for sexual harassment, discrimination, and hostility in the workplace; among other violations of employment laws and regulations. Below are … Continue reading Are Your Halloween Celebrations and Activities Putting Your Workplace at Risk?

Personnel Files: Are You Legal?

Will your personnel files stand up to a government audit? In addition to being a good business practice, employers may be required to keep certain types of records in order to comply with specific provisions under both federal and state law. When collecting and maintaining information to be kept in employee personnel files, it is … Continue reading Personnel Files: Are You Legal?

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released detailed breakdowns for charges of workplace discrimination in 2018. The EEOC resolved 90,558 charges of discrimination; and overall, secured $505 million for victims in private sector, state and local government, and federal workplaces. The 2018 data shows that retaliation continued to be the #1 most frequently filed … Continue reading EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Enforcement and Litigation Data