Employment Records

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    Will summer ever come to Michigan in 2014? Hopefully, by the time this article reaches you, the long winter will be far behind us. Regardless of the temperature, however, you can be sure that high- school students will soon be available for summer help. If you plan to hire minors this summer, or at any time, you should be familiar with Michigan's...
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    Intoxicated Kansas worker who fell through roof qualifies for workers' compensation. After throwing back a few beers on a Sunday morning, an employee was instructed to repair the roof of a building. While he was on the roof, a swarm of ants attacked him, and he fell through the roof as he tried to brush them off. Although the employee's blood...
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    Employment litigation can be a long and difficult process, especially when you're faced with defending a discharge decision. Anytime you make such a decision, you want to place yourself in the best possible position to defend it. This article focuses on some steps you can take to place yourself in the best position possible. Having a legitimate...
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    The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Alabama employers) recently held that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable for wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The court specifically found that the FLSA doesn't provide employees with a substantive right to file a...
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    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has the ability to subpoena a broad array of documents and records from third parties. Responding to such a subpoena can impose a costly burden on third parties. EEOC's broad subpoena powers An employer's dealings with the EEOC typically stem from an administrative charge filed by a current...
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    The Colorado General Assembly wrapped up its 2014 legislative session in early May, passing a number of bills that change the landscape for Colorado employers. Here's a look at the significant employment-related bills that passed and are expected to be signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper, as well as other bills that didn't make it...
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    The New Jersey Appellate Division recently refused to dismiss a criminal indictment against a woman who took documents from her employer to bolster her employment discrimination case. Facts According to the Appellate Division's opinion, Ivonne Saavedra worked as a clerk for the North Bergen Board of Education. At the time she engaged in the...
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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it's filing a lawsuit against an employer for 13 separate incidents in which employees were given oneto three-day suspensions for reporting injuries that occurred on the job. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated the whistleblower provisions of the...
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    Clients often ask for advice on the right time to discharge employees who are unable or unwilling to improve their performance over time, even after being given a performance improvement plan. Unfortunately, there's no set answer because every circumstance is just a little bit different. Request all written documentation When reviewing a case...
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    Identity theft is a growing concern. Safeguarding employees' Social Security numbers (SSNs) is not only a good employment practice; it's mandated under Michigan law. Here's a brief overview of the requirements of the Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act. Requirements of the Act The Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act applies to...
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