Applicant “Regarded As” Disabled to Receive $30K in Settlement of EEOC’s ADA Lawsuit

Discriminating against an employee because you regard him or her disabled makes you just as culpable under the Americans With Disabilities Act as if you discriminated against the employee because of an...
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Employer that Revoked Accommodation for Dialysis Patient to Pony Up $95 to Settle ADA Suit

The saying is that no good deed goes unpunished, but here’s an instance where undoing a good deed got an employer in hot legal waters with the government’s main enforcer of anti-discrimination...
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EEOC Recovers $125K for Processing Plant Employee Fired Because He Was HIV-Positive

The next time you open a can of Suncup juice, rest assured that the company is doing a better job of complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced...
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Can prescription meds alone trigger FMLA protections?

An employee misses work without warning for a week. His reasoning? He was just diagnosed with high blood pressure, was put on prescription medication and his doctor told him to schedule a follow-up (which...
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Employee handbooks: Is yours keeping pace with the times?

It’s an easy task to overlook. But keeping your employee manual up to date is crucial in today’s ever-shifting maze of workplace rules and regs. Need an example? Consider this: Paid sick...
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3 keys to creating a CDHP-only workplace

Nearly half (48%) of employers offer a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) — which is one of only proven ways to keep rising health costs at bay — yet just 7% of firms offer this plan as their...
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Company’s shady-looking ‘RIF’ leads to $145K payout

Firing a disabled employee while he’s out on medical leave is usually a recipe for disaster. But it can be done in limited circumstances. However, the potentially discriminatory nature of this firing...
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FMLA Intermittent Leave

One of the biggest employer complaints about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has long concerned the productivity problems caused by employees’ use, and abuse, of intermittent leave. The Department...
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Court: Jury Will Decide on Whether Uber, Lyft Drivers Are Employees or Indep. Contractors

Lots of residents in urban areas have turned to companies such as Uber as an alternative to taxicab service when they need to hire a drivers to get somewhere. The service has become so popular that working...
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Sharp Questions Dominate Supreme Court Oral Arguments Regarding the Challenge to the Availability of ACA Premium Tax Credits

On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the highest profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision...
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