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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.

Target missed connection with deaf applicant

The EEOC has sued the Target retail chain for failing to accommodate a qualified deaf applicant.

Arbitration pacts: Beware language barriers

Employers who have their employees sign arbitration agreements need to consider what might happen if an employee challenges the agreement on the grounds that it might be unconscionable.

Bosses aren’t docs: Don’t diagnose employees

Generally, disabled workers have to request accommodations for their disabilities and aren’t entitled to any unless they do. But what if a supervisor suspects the employee may be disabled?

You must prove OSHA compliance is impossible

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power to fine employers that don’t follow workplace safety rules. However, if an employer can show that providing safety measures would be impossible, compliance would not be required.

State amends pay equity law, clarifies salary history issues

California’s pay equity law has been amended to clarify certain ambiguities regarding proper interview questions, disclosure of pay scales and the application of the law to existing employees.

California HR agency pays to settle ADA complaint

The EEOC investigated the California Department of Human Resources following complaints from applicants that it failed to accommodate disabilities during the hiring process and violated the ADA when it was conducting medical reviews of applicant fitness.

Expect courts to give leeway to pro se litigants

Just because an employee doesn’t have an attorney, don’t expect his discrimination case to be quickly dismissed. In fact, many federal judges will try hard to help such pro se litigants.

Per diem payments aren’t wages for overtime purposes

Do you pay a per diem to employees who work away from home for several days or more? It’s not compensation. That means per diem payments should not be included in the base pay you use to calculate overtime wages.

When slur was an isolated incident, discipline, warn not to repeat—and move on

Sometimes people—including supervisors—say or do stupid and offensive things. But an employer doesn’t always have to terminate the offending employee.

Discrimination lawsuit defense: Show boss didn’t know of protected status

One defense to discrimination claims is that the alleged discriminator didn’t know what protected class the employee hails from, and therefore couldn’t discriminate based on that characteristic.