Give Employees Thanksgiving Off

On this–my 1,300th blog entry since starting this blog four years ago–I want to commend those merchants who have resisted the siren call of continuous commerce and opted instead to close today...
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Doctor didn’t ask for it, so is ADA accommodation required?

Here’s a tricky case: An employee is clearly disabled but can still perform her work. Still, she requests an accommodation anyway. Her doctor’s silent on the issue. Should she get one?  The...
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Holy smokes: Pregnant employee awarded $185M in discrimination lawsuit

A recent verdict just put employers on notice: Juries will look to severely punish — and make an example of — businesses guilty of sex and pregnancy discrimination.  A California jury just...
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The single health condition that costs employers $175 billion a year

If your wellness program doesn’t have a component that’s dedicated exclusively to preventing and managing diabetes, you’ll probably want to add one soon.   If your wellness program doesn’t have...
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Dealing with angry employees: 4 tips for managers

We’ve never heard a manager grouse about a shortage of employee complaints. We’ve heard a few moan about how to handle those complaints, however.   Whether it’s concerns over schedules, disputes...
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UK Employment Alert: Restrictive Covenants: An Important Reminder for Employers

The UK Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in Rodgers v Sunrise Brokers LLP [2014] EWCA Civ 1373, a case in which the High Court ruled that an employee who resigned in breach of contract remained...
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Transforming the Customer Experience with Social Collaboration

On average, companies spend more than $1,000 per year on formal training per employee. And, in total, U.S. businesses spend $125 billion per year in employee learning and training. But traditional training...
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Deaf Employee’s Rights Violated, EEOC Says in Procuring Settlement From Michigan Nonprofit

Employers continue to stumble in what seems to be obvious situations crying out for a reasonable accommodation to permit employees with disabilities to continue to work. Yesterday I wrote about how a hospital...
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EEOC Recovers $85K for Nurse Fired After Asking More Time Off for Cancer Treatments

Just because an employee has survived a bog ut with cancer doesn’t mean that he or she won’t need additional time off for cancer treatments. So employers need to remember that their duty of...
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3 Year-End Planning Tips for Stressed-Out CEOs

As 2014 comes to a close, many business leaders are feeling the familiar strain of evaluating the past year’s successes, while planning for the year ahead. Did we meet our performance goals? Did...
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