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Remember that time one of your employees:

For an employee of a Virginia GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR (oops!), it resulted in her termination of employment late last year. (More on that here.)

As I say a silent prayer to the blogging gods, read on as I discuss the lawsuit the cyclist just filed against her former employer and offer some practical advice for employers. Continue reading

A few years ago, one of my colleagues emailed me and asked if I would review a particular question on a client’s job application. Specifically, the client wanted to know whether a certain health-related inquiry was something the client could do before extending a conditional offer of employment.

Well, not only was this particular question unlawful, so were the other four I found on the job application. They all violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Every. Damn. One. 

But, was this an anomaly? If we drained the ADA-noncompliance swamp, would we only find this employer?

My bottles of Drakkar Noir and left arm adorned in shiny Rowleckses says, “No.”  Continue reading

Soy Latina. Yo voté. 🙋♥️ #vote #election #america #latino #latinosfortrump #trumpBack in 2016, Kathleen M. Jungclaus was the full-time Vice President of Human Resources for a Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community. She had worked for the company since 2007.

On July 24, 2016, Ms. Junclaus went on her personal Twitter page and tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump I am the VP of HR in a comp outside of philly [sic] an informal survey of our employees shows 100% AA employees voting Trump!”

A little over two months later, Ms. Junclaus found herself unemployed and applying for benefits. Continue reading

When a company has an employee who is approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, sometimes that employer get nervous about parsing FMLA-qualifying absences from other sick days that have nothing whatsoever to do with the employee’s underlying serious health condition. The end result is an employee who gets not only FMLA leave but extra leave that exceeds his or her bank of time off.

Those employers, well, they’re shook!

Let’s see how one employer handled it the right way.
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“Doing What’s Right – Not Just What’s Legal”