Employee Notices

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    Under COBRA, group health plans must provide covered employees and their families with certain notices explaining their COBRA rights. They must also have rules for how COBRA continuation coverage is offered, how qualified beneficiaries may elect continuation coverage, and when it can be terminated. For more information on this subject, visit...

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    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Michigan employers) recently ruled that an employee who was allegedly laid off while she was on leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was entitled to a jury trial because the employer's lack of written policies left unresolved questions about her status...
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    Indiana's General Assembly recently amended the Indiana Civil Rights Act (ICRA) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of an applicant's or employee's status as a veteran. Although federal and Indiana law already provide substantial employment protections for veterans and military servicemembers, as well as their families, you should use this...
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    Although the Kansas Legislature didn't pass any legislation that will significantly affect private employers in Kansas this year, lawmakers did pass two laws that will have an impact on employers and employees in the public sector. Read on to learn about new laws that eliminate due process for public schoolteachers and restrict municipalities'...
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    Q We provide income tax audit representation, so we have access to our clients' private and financial information. Can we still ask about criminal convictions on our job applications? We don't care about things like DUIs, but we would care about fraud, theft, and embezzlement. A Yes, you can ask about criminal convictions on job applications or...
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    If the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to your company, you probably understand that employees must satisfy certain eligibility requirements before they can take protected leave under the statute. However, you may not realize that the FMLA might provide some protections even to employees who don't satisfy its requirements. In a...
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    Q Our company is a staffing firm, and one of our clients had a policy requiring that temps take a drug test only if they're offered a full-time position. I was just informed that the client has decided to require that all temps take a drug test. I've been told that you have to give employees 60 days' notice when you change a drug-testing policy...
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    As of January 2014, many New Jersey employers are required to post a gender equity notice in the workplace and distribute copies of the notice to employees. New posting and distribution requirements In September 2012, Governor Chris Christie signed a new law designed to ensure that employees are aware of their right to be free from gender-...
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    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) promulgated a notice-posting rule in 2011 that couldn't withstand legal challenge. After defeats in two separate lawsuits filed in different U.S. courts of appeals, the NLRB's notice-posting rule is no longer enforceable. Nevertheless, you still might be subject to other rules requiring that you display...
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    Q Is it legal to hold an employee's final paycheck until uniforms, tools, or other company property is returned? A No. An employer may not withhold an employee's final paycheck for any reason. If an employee is separated from employment in Utah, he is to be paid all wages he is owed within 24 hours of separation. If an employee without a...
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