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Compensation & Benefits

Worker causes death, wins compensation

04/01/2001
Leonard Bailey was operating a forklift at a steel company when he accidentally ran over and killed a co-worker. As a result, Bailey was treated for severe depression and tried to …

Employees don’t have to exhaust paid sick leave before taking FMLA

04/01/2001
Russell Strickland left work early because his diabetes acted up and affected his vision. Strickland claimed he told his manager and another employee why he was leaving. But the manager …

Unon ‘salt’ entitled to double pay.

04/01/2001
When Ferguson Electric refused to hire David Carr because he was a union organizer, the company was found guilty of unfair labor practices and ordered to pay back wages. The company …

Don’t ignore ergonomics

04/01/2001
Don’t forget about ergonomics just because Congress scrapped the Clinton administration’s controversial rules. Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) can still hurt your bottom line, …

Do you have to offer COBRA? Check new IRS eligibility rule

04/01/2001
If your company offers health insurance and has about 20 workers, look into IRS rules published this year. The federal COBRA law requires companies with 20 or more workers …

Big overhaul of overtime and wage law may be coming

04/01/2001
That little old law that employers love to hate may be in for a shake-up, one that you just might enjoy. Political winds seem to be blowing strong enough, and …

Changing work conditions may strip worker’s exemption

03/01/2001
As a U-Haul field manager, William Whitesides spent a lot of time on the road visiting dealerships. But soon after he had an accident, Whitesides was reassigned to office work, …

Overly broad noncompete deal gives you no protection at all

03/01/2001
Pinnacle Performance Inc. hired Lynn Hessing as an independent contractor for about four months to design a card shuffler for one of its client firms. Despite having signed a two-year agreement …

Employees must share duty in setting up accommodation

03/01/2001
Denise Davis missed a lot of work over more than five years due to maternity leaves and her Crohn’s disease. During this time, her employer continued to accommodate Davis by …

Illegal aliens entitled to bias protection.

03/01/2001
The National Labor Relations Board ordered a company to reinstate workers and give them back pay for unfair labor practices. In doing so, the company’s attorney found out Jose Castro lied …