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Joseph L. Beachboard (Editor)

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Joseph L. Beachboard is a nationally recognized expert on employment law issues who speaks regularly at SHRM and other HR events. He also is a regular contributor to several national and California publications. In 2000, Mr. Beachboard sold The Labor Letters, Inc., a publisher of monthly employment law journals that he founded to advise human resource professionals. He is a founding member and executive director of the Management Employment Law Roundtable, a national, invitation only, organization of management labor and employment lawyers.

Even temporary conditions can be disabilities

It’s a misconception that an employee must have a permanent, long-term medical condition in order to be covered by the ADA. Not true! A temporary serious health condition can still qualify as an ADA disability.

Federal contractor? Beware OFCCP audits

When a company signs a contract to perform work for the federal government, it agrees that the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs can conduct routine audits of its labor practices. Those audits can be far-reaching—and if some form of discrimination is uncovered, the DOL is empowered to bring charges.

Abide by all OSHA rules regarding sick, tired drivers

OSHA enforces the whistleblower protections written into the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. The law says drivers who file OSHA complaints alleging employer violations of safety rules may be entitled to damages. Recently, OSHA ordered damages for drivers who reported being forced to drive while sick or tired.

No liability if teleworkers are injured by criminal

Employers are generally responsible for ensuring the workplace is safe. But now that millions of Americans work remotely, what’s an employer’s responsibility for ensuring workplace safety?

Provide lactation privacy for new mothers

For more than a decade, federal law has required employers with 50 or more employees to provide reasonable break time for workers to express breast milk for up to one year after the child’s birth. The other key part: Employers must also offer a private location (not a bathroom) that is shielded from view and free from interruptions.

Prepare to pay if class action alleges sex bias

A huge number of gender-bias and sexual-harassment cases settled for big sums in 2021. Not to be outdone by million-dollar-plus settlements, another big employer threw in the towel to finish out the year.

Tesla zapped with record race bias verdict

A jury has ordered Tesla, the electric car maker, to pay a contract worker $137 million for the race discrimination and harassment he suffered at the hands of Tesla employees. It is believed to be the largest verdict in U.S. history for an individual claiming race discrimination.

Remove cold-calling from your recruitment toolkit

In today’s tight labor market, employers are getting creative in their efforts to recruit new employees. But there’s one major recruiting no-no that can spell big trouble. Forget cold-calling cell phones. As a recent case shows, the fines for making unsolicited calls range from $500 to $1,500 per call.

Class-action seeks pay for covid-19 screening time

Courts routinely rule that employees must be paid for time spent putting on protective gear that keeps them safe at work. Now employees have begun filing lawsuits making the same argument about time spent on coronavirus safety measures.

Consider paying back employees’ PPE costs

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic added unexpected line items to many employers’ budgets. But what about expenses employees incurred? If you required employees to wear masks, face shields or other personal protective equipment, you should consider reimbursing them.