Work Schedules

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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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    Oregon is the best state in the nation for working moms, according to a recent analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance social network. WalletHub ranked all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on child care, professional opportunities, and work-life balance. Oregon's top score in the work-life balance category, combined with good scores in...
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    Q We operate a 24/7 production company. Our managers recently have been required to work partial days on Saturdays. A few of the managers are upset because they already work up to 10 hours a day Monday through Friday. What, if any, liabilities should we be aware of? A Absent an agreement to the contrary, Wyoming employers may require adult...
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    Q We operate a 24/7 production company. Our managers recently have been required to work partial days on Saturdays. A few of the managers are upset because they already work up to 10 hours a day Monday through Friday. What, if any, liabilities should we be aware of? A Absent an agreement to the contrary, Colorado employers may require adult...
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    As an employer, you already know that it's unlawful under both state and federal law to terminate a handicapped employee who is capable of performing the essential functions of his position with or without a reasonable accommodation. Massachusetts state courts have consistently held that under state law, an employer isn't required to transfer an...
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    It's widely understood in the retail business that employees must have scheduling flexibility and be available when customers are shopping — which is often in the evenings and on weekends. A recent case in Maine involved a diabetic employee whose doctor recommended a predictable schedule that seemed contrary to her employer's business needs...
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    Since the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) went into effect in 2009, it's rarely ever necessary for a court to consider whether an employee is "disabled" for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Even seemingly minor conditions such as migraine headaches, anxiety, and high blood pressure are now considered disabilities under the...
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    A sewer mechanic who suffered from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was fired three days after he asked not to be required to carry a pager for on- call night duty because of the side effects of his prescription medicine. He then sued his former employer, alleging he was subjected to...
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    Minimum wage increase. The Vermont minimum wage increased from $8.60 to $8.73 per hour effective January 1, 2014. Likewise, the basic wage rate for "service and tipped" employees increased from $4.17 to $4.23 per hour. Service and tipped employees may include individuals working in hotels, motels, tourist attractions, and restaurants who...
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    This month, we discuss Virginia cases addressing two laws that continually plague Virginia employers: the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Fortunately, the employer prevailed in each case. Waitress fails to prove injury was job-related Samantha Dianna, who worked as a server at Kings Arms...
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