Hawaii recently passed a law that will add the use of electronic smoking devices, such as electronic cigarettes, to its prohibition against smoking in enclosed or partially enclosed workplaces.
Delaware employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant and nursing employees and job applicants under a new law enacted on September 9, 2014.
A new XpertHR podcast examines the trending issue of electronic cigarettes and what it means for employers with Ford Harrison attorney Stefan Black of the firm's Los Angeles office. Only three states currently prohibit e-cigarette use at work, but more regulation is likely on the way.
At the recently concluded 23rd Annual Conference and Exhibitors' Showcase - "Innovation: Creating a Culture that Values Change" - held by the Long Island Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), participants had the opportunity to attend an informative workshop titled "Disability Etiquette and Awareness." The workshop presenter, Nadine O. Vogel, founder/president of Springboard Consulting LLC, stressed the critical role HR plays when it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities in the workplace and fostering a more inclusive and welcoming work environment.
For the first time, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a class action suit against an employer based on allegations that it violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that even though medical marijuana use is legal in the state, employers may still terminate employees who fail a drug test due to off-duty use of medicinal marijuana. See Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, 2013 COA 62 (2013).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is scheduled to hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 9:00 am (EST), to discuss how employee wellness programs should be handled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws enforced by the EEOC. The employer community has long been waiting for EEOC guidance in this area and this meeting will bring them one step closer.
The California Court of Appeals held in Ignat v. Yum! Brands, Inc., 214 Cal. App. 4th 808 (2013), that an employee may file an action against an employer for the public disclosure of private facts about the employee even if the disclosure was made orally to others and not in writing.
If Congress and the White House do not reach a deal on the sequestration,employers with federal contracts should be prepared to take immediate action to deal with drastic cuts in government spending that will result. Federal contractors should anticipate how the sequestration will directly affect their workplace with respect to complying with Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, wage and hour requirements, benefits and immigration status as well as unions and collective bargaining agreement issues. Employers should also expect possible lawsuits from workers laid off due to spending cuts.
In the midst of the flu pandemic, many health care employers are requiring employees to receive flu vaccinations. However, a number of workers have protested, claiming that they are entitled to an accommodation based on disability, religion or pregnancy. What are an employer's obligations to accommodate workers and what groups of workers are they required to accommodate? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided some useful guidance regarding these issues.
News: HR and legal considerations for employers regarding employee health programs. Support on keeping employees healthy and productive while at work.
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