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Reason #116 to Have Solid Leave Policies: FMLA Leave

Reason #116 to Have Solid Leave Policies: FMLA Leave

Disciplining an employee who’s on FMLA leave is like walking on holy ground. You’re always a little scared. But don’t fear: Employers can normally expect employees to live by company policy when they ask for leave. An employee who doesn’t has some explaining to do.

Silicon Valley Wage Gap Lawsuits to Visit the Petro Metro?

Silicon Valley Wage Gap Lawsuits to Visit the Petro Metro?

Silicon Valley has faced a recent spate of wage gap lawsuits, but will that trend make it to the Petro Metro? The US Department of Labor has launched lawsuits against Google, Oracle and Palantir – to name a few. Check out the latest courtroom drama from the Google lawsuit here.

7th Circuit Rules That Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation: It’s Bigger Than You Think

7th Circuit Rules That Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation: It’s Bigger Than You Think

It happened. The first federal appellate court just ruled that Title VII prohibits discrimination because of an employee’s sexual orientation. Check out the opinion from the 7th Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, here. That paves the way for SCOTUS to take up the issue.

It’s a bigger deal than you may think.

California: Buy Local on Resolving Employment Disputes

California: Buy Local on Resolving Employment Disputes

Employers with operations spread across several states often like to centralize all dispute resolution with employees in a single state – say, where their corporate headquarters is based.  It can trim legal defense costs and hedge against a runaway jury.  We’ve written about it several times before (cost-effective dispute resolution systems, forum selection and venue selection).  But don’t count on every state to respect what the employer and employee agree to.  The Golden State now won’t.

Gulf Coast Symposium: Living With the Complaining Employee

Gulf Coast Symposium: Living With the Complaining Employee

Gulf Coast Symposium is the second largest SHRM conference in Texas with more than 2,100 attendees.  The Symposium has tapped Alan Bush and Lee Winkelman to speak. One of Alan’s and Lee’s two topics deals with:

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Living With the Complaining Employee

May 11, 2017

EEOC Offers “Guidance” on Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace

EEOC Offers “Guidance” on Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace

Accommodating an employee’s mental health condition often challenges employers.  The EEOC recently offered guidance for employees who have a mental health condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).  Employers take note.  The EEOC (and private plaintiff’s counsel) may hold employers to its guidance.