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Health care models best practices for nursing working mothers

How the health care industry handles women returning to work after giving birth can serve as best practices for all employees. Because health care employs women extensively, particularly those of childbearing age, it can serve as a natural laboratory in what works and what doesn’t for others.

Keep careful notes about every job interview

Always document what applicants tell you during job interviews. If you reject the candidate and she later claims she revealed protected information during the hiring process, you will have records to counter her claims.

When employee acts as his own lawyer, court may bend over backwards to help

Employees who try to represent themselves in court often struggle. They may miss deadlines or simply not understand what claims they may have. Don’t let this lull you into false confidence that the case will be dismissed.

Details matter in arbitration, and flaws can render an agreement unconscionable

Make sure your arbitration agreement is carefully drafted and presented. Confusing language or fine print can doom the agreement.

Precisely document justification for policies

Here’s an important reminder when creating or modifying employment policies: Treat every memo as if it will end up as evidence in a lawsuit.

Even settling harassment cases costs a fortune

There are many compelling reasons to prevent sexual harassment and stop it if it occurs. One of the most practical reasons: Harassment cases are very expensive to resolve, whether in court or with a settlement.

Failing to accommodate pregnancy costs $170K

Life Care Centers of America, a chain of 236 geriatric health care service providers in more than 35 states, must pay $170,000 to settle a Pregnancy Discrimination Act lawsuit.

Supreme Court takes another employment case

The U.S. Supreme Court is still accepting cases for the current term, and on Dec. 18 agreed to hear an appeal in a pair of unique employment cases.

Uber, EEOC broker unique $4.4 mil settlement

Uber and the EEOC have agreed to settle sexual harassment charges against the ride-hailing company, following a unique approach that could become a model for future settlements.

You must consider internal applicants

Before you open a job listing to outside applicants, make sure you consider current employees. Ignoring them—especially those who possess the required experience and qualifications—can be a risky proposition.